Aquarius hires new MD, head of development

Miranda Culley will drive business strategy, while Erica Harrison manages the prodco's development slate.
July 5, 2021

Aquarius Films, the production company behind The Unlisted and upcoming series Parent Up, has hired a former ABC Australia exec and a Netflix kids TV writer to strengthen its leadership ranks and grow its scripted content slate.

Miranda Culley (pictured right) joins Aquarius as its new managing director. She replaces Rachel Okine, who moved to Australian streaming service Stan as head of features and development. In her new role, Culley will be responsible for finding new business and financing opportunities, and maintaining the Sydney-based studio’s existing strategic partnerships.

Culley most recently served as executive producer for arts at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she managed creative development for TV and digital programming. Prior to that, she served in management positions at Screen Australia and Sonar Music.

Erica Harrison, meanwhile, is now Aquarius’s head of development. In the newly created role, she will manage the prodco’s expanding film and TV development slate. As a screenwriter, script producer and story development professional, Harrison’s writing credits include three seasons of Netflix’s Emmy-winning animated kids series Beat Bugs and two seasons of original kids series Motown Magic, also for the SVOD. She previously served as a scripted development manager at Fremantle.

Both Culley and Harrison started in their new positions on July 1 and report to Aquarius founders Angie Fielder and Polly Staniford.

The hires come during a period of growth for Aquarius, especially on the kids side of its business. The company is heading into production on a new live-action comedy-action series called Parent Up for kids channel ABC ME. And it’s also producing YA thriller The Unlisted for Netflix and ABC.

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