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2014-2015 multiplatform production

Web series
Jason Byrne Productions Pty Ltd
Jason Byrne, Tony Rogers
Director Tony Rogers
Writers Mat Blackwell, Warwick Holt
Synopsis Bruce is a gritty black comedy set in an ordinary Aussie share house that just happens to be a prison tent in Sydney Cove, 1788. Bruce Williamson, a thoroughly modern 18th century convict is stuck in a tent with irrepressible bogan, Garry, who claims to be Bruce’s ‘best mate’ and great with the chicks, and Mick, a well-read, philosophically sensitive monolith of a man who is also a serial killer. Or so we suspect.

Interactive app
Protein One Pty Ltd
Producer/Creative Director Galvin Scott Davis
Synopsis Daisy Chain is an interactive touch-screen app for children from the makers of Dandelion. The story follows a little girl named Buttercup Bree who doesn’t fit in, but hopes to ward off bullies through making daisy chains. The project is designed to encourage conversation between adults and children about bullying and help thwart this worldwide issue.

Multiplatform TV and theatrical
Princess Pictures Holding Pty Ltd
Producer Andrea Denholm
Executive Producers Emma Fitzsimons (Princess Pictures), Lyndon Terracini (Opera Australia)
Director Dean Murphy
Writer Joanna Murray-Smith
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin
Synopsis The Divorce is an opera written specifically for the screen, rethinking the operatic art form for a contemporary film and television audience. Iris and Jed, rich and urbane, are happily getting divorced and are throwing an elaborate party at their elegant home to celebrate. By the end of the evening, Iris and Jed’s divorce has triggered a renegotiation of all certainties. Humorous, witty and complex, this ‘soap opera’ is a light-hearted exploration of the universal themes of love, passion, regret, greed and longing: a celebration of the profound in the shallow.

Animated series
Ludo Studio Pty Ltd
Producer Charlie Aspinwall
Director Daley Pearson
Director/Animator Benjamin Zaugg
Synopsis Doodles is an interactive, animated multiplatform comedy series that takes real children’s drawings and turns them into hilarious micro movies featuring a cast of adorable, absurd and amazing coloured-in characters surrounded by insanity. Doodles is produced for ABC3 by the Emmy® Award-winning, Ludo Studio. Ludo will be collaborating with the US production company Frederator (Adventure Time) to distribute the series online.

Online video
Antichocko Productions Pty Ltd
Producers Paul Fenech, Joe Weatherstone
Executive Producer Andrew Taylor
Writer/Director Paul Fenech
Synopsis The story of two hopeless crims, Rabbit and Rongo. Out of jail, they regroup and battle old girlfriends, bikie gangs and their own stupid plans and schemes. They team up with other petty criminals, Jimmy Speed, Pothead and Droptank. This series is based on true dumb crimes from around the world only the names have been changed to expose the guilty. The old saying goes, crime doesn’t pay... Well, it pays less if you’re a DUMB CRIMINAL.

Web series
Crankyfish Pty Ltd
Julian Vincent Costanzo, Jonathon Dutton
Director Jo O’Shaughnessy
Writers Ben Nicholas, Carl J Sorheim
Creator Ben Nicholas
Synopsis Footballer Wants a Wife is a parody reality show that follows three young football stars on their modern-day quest for love. Our three footballers, drawn from three different codes, are matched up against 14 women who will stop at nothing to become a WAG. Footballer Wants a Wife is a simple, accessible comedy that plays on the one ironic truth at the heart of reality TV: it’s completely fabricated – particularly when it comes to ‘love, loss and celebrity’.

Online video
Endemol Australia Pty Ltd
Producer Courtney Wise
Executive Producer Michael Horrocks
Writer/Director Kacie Anning
Synopsis Fragments of Friday is a comedy about piecing together the night before, with your best mates by your side. Season 1 saw Alex and Sophie haphazardly grapple with the perils of the ‘day after’, navigating everything from waking up in bed with a cab driver, the accidental theft of a yacht, a healthy dose of bodily waxing and an adrenalin-induced punch-up. Season 2 picks up where Season 1 left off, with Alex and Sophie being joined by their mutual friend Maddie on many misadventures – from misinterpreting the term ‘pool party’ to playing Russian roulette with magic mushrooms through to the much anticipated annual ‘Church Wine Drunk Day’. Told with humour, poignancy and a generous injection of physical comedy, the story of Fragments of Friday speaks to the great tradition of female friendship through the scope of hazy memories, drunken honesty and, above all, affection.

Web episode
Cobbstar Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Brian Cobb
Co-producers Jacob Inglis, Patrick James
Director Stephan Elliott
Writer Boaz Stark
Synopsis Queer as Folk meets Sydney’s very own Oxford Street in this edgy drama exploring the unexplored gay community within. Now in its 5th season, The Horizon is both Australia’s most viewed online drama series and the most-watched gay web series in the world, with over 37 million views and 99,000 subscribers on YouTube. This episode will be a remake of the first two seasons using the committed cast that was finally settled in Season 3, and will also be produced as a pilot for TV.

Multiplatform, Web series
Press Start Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Lee Naimo
Director Jordan Raskopoulos
Synopsis Insert Coin is a weekly sketch comedy show on YouTube and insert-coin.com. The content will be custom made by established and up-and-coming Australian creatives. Each episode will focus on a particular facet of the gaming industry, with particular episodes being released to time in with big game releases throughout the year.

Comedy series
Lead Balloon Productions
Producer Tamasin Simpkin
Writers Kate McLennan, Kate McCartney
Director Kate McCartney
Synopsis Katering is a 6 x 7-minute online comedy series that follows Kate McLennan (a horrendously smug foodie) as she tries to teach Kate McCartney (a food-intolerant anti-foodie) how to cook a new dish each week. Together, the pair travel to fresh-produce markets and hunt down food trucks, with McLennan channelling every food show TV host she's ever seen, and McCartney staving off boredom with a hipflask of booze.

Web series
Sweetheart Films Pty Ltd
Producer Lucy Hayes
Director Jessica Barclay Lawton
Writer Maria Angelico
Creator Maria Angelico
Synopsis Movement is a seven-part comedy web series about dance therapy. We follow Sophia, a self-confessed try-hard, as she battles her demons with the help of her dance therapist. Each week, Sophia uses a ‘healing mantra’ to deal with a tangled love life and failing acting career.

Online video
One Stone Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer Georgie Lewin
Executive Producers Nathan Earl (One Stone Pictures), Ben Ulm (ITV Studios Australia)
Director Nathan Earl
Writers Nathan Earl, Joshua Tyler, Nicholas McDougall
Synopsis Plonk follows the trials and tribulations of a small television crew as they travel through South Australia’s rich and diverse wine regions, trying to produce a unique, engaging and credible wine program… and failing miserably along the way. Plonk is a love letter to Australian wine and its people… just with the spell check function turned off. It’s Getaway meets Heart of Darkness, Sydney Weekender meets Lost in La Mancha. It’s Plonk.

Web series
Blue Forest Media Pty Ltd
Lauren Brunswick
Writer/Directors Aaron McCann, Dominic Pearce
Synopsis In the early 1990s, a little-known Japanese Samurai/Detective series was syndicated to public access TV in Australia and became a cult success. In Japan, it was titled Ronin Suiri Tentai (roughly translating to Deductive Reasoning Ronin), but soon came to be known in the West as Top Knot Detective. Takashi couldn’t act. He couldn’t fight. He had no idea how to write a TV show. But through various underworld connections, he had the money to make himself into a star... or so he thought. Top Knot Detective is the documentary that digs into the deeper truths of what REALLY happened...

Web series
Robot Panther Pty Ltd
Timothy Powell
Executive Producer Colin South
Writer/Director Dave Cartel
Synopsis Sci-fi fanboy Bajo has finally landed a job as an Intergalactic PI and the job is awesome! Except that his boss seems to work both sides of the law, his partner, Tosh, prefers social media to snooping and his weapons’ specialist, Amy, is the boss’ hot-headed 17-year-old daughter. Bajo’s misfit crew seem to lack the life skills required to deal with everyday situations – let alone deal with the highly unusual phenomena they are investigating.

Web series
The Woolshed Company
Creators Richard Hughes, Caspar Mazzotti, Dave Christison
Synopsis Seven-part, adventure themed web series.

Online video
Triptych Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer Julie Byrne
Executive Producer Jennifer Jones
Writer/Directors Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou
Synopsis Three videos that parody teams of popular comic book, game and movie super heroes pitted against each other in riotous, action-packed rivalry.

Online video
LateNite Films Pty Ltd
Producers Chris Hocking, Nicholas Colla
Director Michael Shanks
Writers Michael Shanks, Nicholas Issell
Synopsis With an almighty sneeze, Jack accidentally transformed Flinders Street Station into a giant fish monster. Unintentionally ousting the existence of Wizards in suburban Australia was not Jack’s plan and now a nationwide ballot threatens to deport his people back to their treacherous magical realm. We follow Jack as he tries to rally his local community (Footscray) around rights for the previously clandestine magical beings – whilst simultaneously trying to dissuade other members of the Wizard community to stop making such arses of themselves.

Online video
Guerilla Film Pty Ltd
Producer Tristan Roache-Turner
Director Kiah Roache-Turner
Synopsis Project based on original feature film Wyrmwood, written by Tristan and Kiah Roache-Turner (Producer and Director, respectively), and on Wyrmwood Multiplatform Extension Concept Document.

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