Sophia joined Bunya Productions in 2019 as CEO. Previously as Create NSW Director of Screen Investment, Engagement and Attraction, Sophia Zachariou led the screen program and prior to that was the Head of Development and Production at Screen NSW.
During her time at the agency, Sophia oversaw the commissioning of award-winning productions such as Warwick Thornton’s, Sweet Country, Rachel Perkins’ Mystery Road, Nash Edgerton’s Mr Inbetween, Bruce Beresford’s Ladies in Black and Jeffrey Walker’s Riot.
Sophia was the leading creative force behind many of the successful TV Drama initiatives that Create NSW implemented, including #shedirects, with Rachel Griffiths, Leah Purcell and Rachel Perkins targeted to increasing female TV drama directors, Cli-Fi – a screen development program with ABC Drama in the genre of climate-change science fiction and the Amplifier Feature Film fund with such talented writers and directors as Luke Davies, Jen Peedom and Kate Mulvaney.
Sophia is also a passionate advocate for the emerging sector and has championed many emerging creative voices from under-represented groups during her entire career.
Prior to joining Create NSW, Sophia commissioned and was the Executive Producer on over thirty award-winning television titles, including Gruen, The Chaser, Kitchen Cabinet, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey and was also Deputy Head of Entertainment at the Australian national television network ABC TV.