Stephen has been one of the most prolific producers in Australia. Prior to establishing Ruby Entertainment, he was involved with many of Australia’s most loved comedy films and television series. Feature films include The Extra, The Craic, Crackerjack (Produced with Mick Molloy) and Bad Eggs (Produced with Tony Martin and Greg Sitch) all of which have gained critical and commercial success.
Stephen began his career in documentary and produced more than 20 feature specials for commercial television and the ABC before moving into drama and comedy as a producer , with credits including Big Girl’s Blouse, Jimeoin, Full Frontal, Something Stupid, Eric (with Eric Bana), and The Mick Molloy Show. He is currently producing The Secret River, a major two part miniseries for ABC television.
A producer for 30 years, Mark has produced over 250 hours of prime time television comedy and drama, over 300 hours of live television and more than 20 documentaries.
Mark Ruse is one of the Producers of the first two series of acclaimed comedy Kath and Kim – the highest rating locally produced comedy series ever screened on the ABC. It has won three AFI awards including “Best Television Series”. Mark was co-Executive Producer of the comedy hit series The Games which won a Logie for “Best Comedy” as well as an AFI award for “Best Screenplay”. In 2002 Mark received the Screen Producers Associations “Independent Producer of the Year” award, voted by his peers.
Prior to these achievements, Mark produced the sitcom series The Adventures of Lano and Woodley for UK Company WORKING TITLE (The Boat that Rocked, Love Actually, Bridget Jones Diary, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and the ABC. It was pre-sold to the BBC and has since been picked up in 38 territories worldwide.
Mark was the producer of 70 episodes of the highly successful one hour comedy series Fast Forward and worked on numerous other productions for Artist Services, including Full Frontal and Tonight Live.
Like Stephen, Mark also has an extensive background in television documentary. He has many credits in this genre, including Hoddle Street, about the 1988 Hoddle Street Massacre. This won the prestigious international BANFF Television Festival Award for BEST DOCUMENTARY.