1972–1975 1975–1980 1980-1983 1983–1984 1984–1988 1988–2014 2014–2015
1972–1975 1975–1980 1980-1983 1983–1984 1984–1988 1988–2014 2014–2015

Endemol Australia was Australia's largest independent television production and distribution group.

Hanna-Barbera Pty. Ltd. (Australia)[]


Hanna Barbera logo 1966

1972 was the beginning of Hanna-Barbera Pty. Ltd. (Australia), an Australian division of Hanna-Barbera.


Hanna Barbera logo 1974


Hanna-Barbera (1979)

Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd.[]


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In 1983, James Hardie Industries and Hanna-Barbera corporate parent Taft Broadcasting reorganized the division as Taft-Hardie Group Pty. Ltd.

Southern Star Productions[]


Southern Star Logo 1984

In 1984, the company established a division in Los Angeles known as Southern Star Productions, headed by Buzz Potamkin.

Southern Star Group[]



In 1988, Neil Balnaves led an A$11 million management buyout of Taft-Hardie, reorganizing the company as the Southern Star Group. In doing so, the company went from making cartoons to related Australian programming. The segmented star symbol was introduced with the two texts "SOUTHERN" and "STAR" appearing underneath it, and underneath the texts is an underline coloured in grey.

Endemol Australia[]


Endemol logo

On 11 December 2013, it was announced that the Southern Star Group would be rebranded into a Dutch television production company under the name Endemol Australia, to end Southern Star's 41-year legacy. This would later take effect within 3 months later. On 26 July 2015, both Endemol Australia and Shine Australia merged into one entity by the name of Endemol Shine Australia.