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Television script-writer and producer.

Rick Maier's earliest work for television was a script (episode 245) for long-running prison drama Prisoner (1981). He followed this with odd episodes for such programs as Bellamy (1981), Sons and Daughters (1982), Waterloo Station (1983), The Young Doctors (1983), Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin (1986), and Prime Time (1986).

In 1986, he joined the writing staff of long-running soap opera Neighbours, for which he wrote at least seventeen episodes between 1986 and 1988. He followed this stint with scripts in 1989 for medical drama G.P. and American-produced Mission: Impossible, made in Australia with a number of Australian crew members.

In the 1990s, Maier scripted several telemovies: The Rogue Stallion (1990), co-written with Ysabelle Dean and directed by Henri Safran; Pirates Island (1991), based on a story by Ysabelle Dean and Wayne Doyle, and directed by Viktors Ritelis (not to be confused with the similarly named Jonathan M. Shiff Productions television series); and Cody: Fall from Grace (1996), co-written with Christopher Lee and directed by Peter Fisk.

Interspersed with these telemovies were scripts for such television programs as Lift Off (1992-1996), Deepwater Haven (1993), Sky Trackers (1994), Correlli (1995), Sweat (1996), Police Rescue (1995-1996), Fallen Angels (1997), Big Sky (1997), Murder Call (1997-1999), Mirror, Mirror II (1997-1998), and Driven Crazy (1998).

Since 2000, Maier, while continuing to work extensively in television, has shifted to a production rather than a script-writing role.

The telemovies on which he has been listed as executive producer include My Husband My Killer (2001), Heroes' Mountain (2002), A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne (2009), Hawke (2010), and Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012).

The television series on which he has been listed as executive producer include Sit Down, Shut Up (2000), Wild Kat (2001), Mark Loves Sharon (2008), Good News Week (2008), Neighbours (2008-2010), Rush (2008-2011), Bondi Vet (2009), Offspring (2010-2012), Masterchef Australia (2011), Reef Doctors (2012), Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms (2012), and Puberty Blues (2012).

Awards for Works

Police Rescue 1989 series - publisher film/TV

An Australian television series which deals with the New South Wales Police Rescue Squad and its work attending to various incidents from road accidents to train crashes.

1996 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1994 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
E Street 1989 series - publisher film/TV

A one-hour soap opera focusing on life in a gritty inner-city suburb.

1992 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
Neighbours 1985 series - publisher film/TV

A daily television drama series set in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough, Neighbours chronicles the lives of the residents of Ramsay Street. The series initially revolved around three families: the Ramsays (at number 24 Ramsay Street), the Robinsons (at number 26), and the Clarkes (at number 28). The scope of the series has since broadened to include new Ramsay Street familes.

1990 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1989 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1988 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1987 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
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