Chris Anastassiades is a dramatist and script-writer, with extensive experience in television script-writing, particularly comedy and children's television.
Anastassiades's earliest television scripts were for Col'n Carpenter (1990-1991), a spin-off from the successful skit-comedy program The Comedy Company. Following this, he wrote scripts for such programs as G.P., as well as contributing extensively to Acropolis Now.
Anastassiades had a long-running association with the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF), for whom he wrote the script for Yolngu Boy: according to Patricia Edgar, the script was 'developed over two years, with Chris absorbing the culture and working with Gordon Glenn, the principal script editor (p.348). Anastassiades was one of the writers whom Edgar particularly valued as having the 'precise elements' for which she was looking in ACTF writers: indeed, she describes him as a 'close second' to her first-choice director Esben Storm when describing her choice of writers (p.317). As well as Yolngu Boy, Anastassiades worked on such ACTF productions as Legacy of the Silver Shadow, Round the Twist, and Lift Off.
Anastassiades has also written extensively for Jonathan M. Shiff Productions, including scripts for The Elephant Princess, H2O: Just Add Water, Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji, Scooter: Secret Agent, and Wicked Science.
He has also worked as a script editor and a story consultant.
(Source: Patricia Edgar, Bloodbath: A Memoir of Australian Television, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2006.)
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