|Key people||Janeen Faithfull (CEO)|
|Parent||Taft Broadcasting (1972–1988)
Hamlyn Group (50%) (1974-1978)
James Hardie Industries (50%) (1978–1988)
Southern Cross Broadcasting (2004-2007)
Fairfax Media (2007–2009)
Endemol Australia (formerly known as Southern Star Group,Southern Star Productions, Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia & Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd.) is Australia's largest independent television production and distribution group. The company is currently a subsidiary of Endemol and has been since 2009.
The company began in 1972 as Hanna-Barbera Pty. Ltd. (Australia), an Australian division of Hanna-Barbera. In 1974, the Hamlyn Group acquired 50% of Hanna-Barbera Australia and appointed Neil Balnaves as managing director. In 1978, James Hardie Industries acquired the Hamlyn Group, and in 1979, Balnaves was promoted to managing director of the entire Hamlyn Group.
In 1983, James Hardie Industries and Hanna-Barbera corporate parent Taft Broadcasting reorganized the division as Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd. In 1984, the company established a division in Los Angeles known as Southern Star Productions, headed by Buzz Potamkin. Programs produced by this division would be animated at Hanna-Barbera's studios in Sydney, and carried the name Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia.
In 1988, Neil Balnaves led an A$11 million management buyout of Taft-Hardie, reorganizing the company as Southern Star Group. The Sydney animation facilities were also sold, while the Los Angeles division continued to operate until 1991 when it was sold to Turner Broadcasting System.
On December 11, 2013, Southern Star announced it would re-brand as Endemol Australia. Current Chief Executive Officer, Janeen Faithfull, stated “As Endemol Australia we’ll continue to build on the heritage and successes of Southern Star.”
- Party Tricks
- Offspring (TV series)
- Return to Eden
- Love My Way
- The Surgeon
- Blue Heelers
- The Secret Life of Us
- Water Rats
- Police Rescue
- Murder Call
- Rescue: Special Ops
- Wild Boys
- Foreign Exchange
- The Adventures of Sam
- Blue Water High
- Barney & Friends (International distribution from 1994-2002)
- RAGGS Kids Club Band
- The Sleepover Club
- Tracey McBean
- The Missed Christmas Presents
- The Adventures of Bottle Top Bill and His Best Friend Corky
- Magic Mountain
- The Acorn Show
- Play School
- Oscar and Friends
- LazyTown (distribution in Australia only)
- Bananas in Pyjamas (CGI series only)
- Ketchup: Cats Who Cook
- The Toothbrush Family (Season 2)
- Time Masters
- CBS Storybreak*
- The Berenstain Bears*
- Teen Wolf (with Clubhouse Pictures)*
- Marvin: Baby of the Year (TV special)*
- Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (TV special)*
- Peter Pan and the Pirates*
- Mad Scientist*
- Hi-5 for the Nine Network*
*Produced as Southern Star/Hanna-Barbera Australia.
- Balls of Steel Australia - (2011–2012)
- Beauty and the Geek Australia - (2010–2011)
- Big Brother Australia - Nine Network (2012–)
- Deal or No Deal - Seven Network (2004–2013, co-produced by Seven Productions)
- Don't Tell the Bride - (2012)
- Undercover Boss Australia - (2010–2011)
- "SOUTHERN STAR ENTERTAINMENT TO BECOME ENDEMOL AUSTRALIA". Endemol distribution news. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Prior, Alex (21 January 2009). "Southern Star: sold to Endemol (apart from some bits)". Screen Hub. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Tabakoff, Nick (21 January 2009). "Berlusconi to own Fairfax's TV producer". The Australian. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Tartaglione, Nancy (22 February 2012). "Australia’s Southern Star Names TV Industry Vet Janeen Faithfull To CEO Post". Deadline. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Southern Star Productions at the Internet Movie Database
- Southern Star at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Endemol Australia