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2017–2018 production funding

TV Drama | Children's TV Drama


APRIL 2018

THE BLAKE MYSTERIES
86mins
December Media Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama, Mystery
Producer George Adams
Executive Producers Stuart Menzies, Tony Wright
Director Ian Barry
Writer Paul Jenner
Broadcaster Network Seven
International Sales ITV
Synopsis It’s been almost three years since we last saw Jean and a hell of a lot has happened in that time. Jean and Blake were married for only 18 months when Blake went missing. Since then Jean has taken on her husband’s mantle as, a solver of mysteries. Murder, mayhem and Jean Blake are a potent mix and anything can and will happen.

DECEMBER 2017

HOW TO STAY MARRIED
8 x 23mins
Princess Pictures Pty Ltd & PBL Entertainment Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Drama
Producer Jess Leslie
Executive Producers Andrea Denholm, Emma Fitzsimons
Director Natalie Bailey
Writers Peter Helliar, Nick Musgrove
Broadcaster Network Ten
AU/NZ Distributor Universal 
International Sales Guesswork Distribution Pty Ltd
Synopsis Greg & Em Butler have been married thirteen years and they’ve both got used to things just the way they are.  So how will they cope with a new job, an unexpected house guest, a redundancy and an experimental sex move?

ORANGE IS THE NEW BROWN
6 x 24mins
Screentime Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy
Producer Jack Kain
Executive Producer Johnny Lowry
Director Hayden Guppy
Writers Nazeem Hussain, Joel Slack Smith, Sophie Braham, Richard Thorp, Penny Greenhalgh, Heidi Regan
Broadcaster Seven Network
International Sales Screentime Commercial
Synopsis Orange is the New Brown is a groundbreaking new series that turns the sketch comedy genre on its head. Featuring rising stars of local comedy as well as some special guests, the show will reflect contemporary Australian life using one-off sketches, original and recurring characters and TV parodies.

THE ROPES
4 x 51mins
Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producers Helen Bowden, Courtney Wise
Executive Producer Jason Stephens
Director Shannon Murphy
Writers Tamara Asmar, Adam Todd, Ian Meadows
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales DCD Rights
Synopsis A young Iraqi-Australian woman tears apart her family and defies her community to chase her dream of becoming an elite women’s boxing trainer in The Ropes, a drama set in Sydney's western suburbs.

August 2017

LAMBS OF GOD
2 x 120mins
Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Producers Jason Stephens, Sarah Lambert, Elisa Argenzio
Executive Producers Helen Bowden, Penny Win, Mark Fennessy, Carl Fennessy
Director Jeffrey Walker
Writer Sarah Lambert
Broadcaster Foxtel
International Sales Sky Vision
Synopsis Three eccentric, secluded nuns live on a remote island, forgotten by time and the Church - until a priest unwittingly happens upon them. Based on the book by Marele Day.

AUSTRALIAN GANGSTER
6 x 50mins
Roadshow Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama
Producers John Edwards, Dan Edwards
Director Daina Reid
Writers Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Broadcaster Seven Network
International Sales Red Arrow International
Synopsis A wild tale of gangster ambition. The Instagram generation westie underworld collides with Sydney’s glamorous social elite. A world of spray tans, steroids, tatts, laundered drug money and Lamborghinis. All of this and the pursuit of a happy family life. It’s very funny, even amidst all the murders and mayhem.
Production funding for this TV drama was revoked in December 2017

BACK IN VERY SMALL BUSINESS
8 x 27mins
Gristmill Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy
Producers Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler
Executive Producers Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler, Greg Sitch, Rick Kalowski (ABC)
Director Robyn Butler
Writers Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler, Gary McCaffrie
Cast Wayne Hope, Kim Gyngell
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales Super Java Distribution
Synopsis An emotionally lost man seeks validation through his small business kingdom, but finds unexpected solace from his odd squad of employees.

BITE CLUB
8 x 44mins
Playmaker Media Pty Ltd
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
Producer Sue Seeary
Executive Producers Sarah Smith, David Maher, David Taylor
Directors Jennifer Leacey, Wayne Blair, Geoff Bennett, Peter Andrikidis
Writers Sarah Smith, John Ridley
Broadcaster Nine Network
International Sales  Sony Pictures Television
Synopsis Two victims of the ultimate predator join forces to hunt killers and solve homicide mysteries on the land.

THE FAMILY LAW SERIES 3
6 x 26mins
Family Law Productions Pty Ltd, Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Producers Julie Eckersley, Sophie Miller
Directors Ben Chessell, Sophie Miller
Writers Kirsty Fisher, Benjamin Law
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales NBCUniversal
Synopsis In Series 3 of The Family Law, the Laws confront new realities about growing up – navigating the world of adult romance; defining what it means to become a man – with hilarity and horror in equal measure.

SANDO
6 x 27mins
Jungle
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Producer Chloe Rickard
Executive Producer Jason Burrows
Directors Van Vuuren Bros, Erin White 
Writers Phil Lloyd, Charlie Gerber, Helen Dallimore, Gary Eck, Tiffany Zahnal
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales Acorn Media Enterprises
Synopsis Charismatic retail mogul and serial bad mum ‘Sando’ moves back in with her estranged family in an effort to recapture their glory days in this tale of the prodigal parent. Created by Phil Lloyd and Charlie Garber. 

STREET SMART
8 x 30mins
CJZ
Genre
Comedy
Producer TBC
Executive Producers Damien Davis, Nick Murray, Paul Leadon
Director Damien Davis
Writers Mark O’Toole, Tahir Bilgic
Broadcaster Network Ten
Synopsis Street Smart are the most inept suburban crime gang in history, but despite spectacularly failing every time, they approach every heist with blind optimism.

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Children's TV Drama

August 2017

NOWHERE BOYS SERIES 4
13 x 26mins
Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
Action-adventure, Children, Family
Producer Beth Frey
Executive Producers Tony Ayres, Michael McMahon
Directors Nicholas Verso (Eps 1-4), TBC (Eps 5 – 13)
Writers David Hannam, Marieke Hardy, Jessica Brookman, Beth King
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales NBCUniversal
Synopsis The Nowhere Boys have defeated the Mega-Demon, but now discover a more powerful force of chaos has been unleashed, and the Gang's unity is challenged as the future of the entire multiverse hangs in the balance.

SPONGO, FUZZ & JALAPEÑA
26 x 12mins
Cheeky Little Media Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy, Family
Producers Patrick Egerton, Isla Curtis
Executive Producers Patrick Egerton, David Webster
Director David Webster
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Three best buds, a town full of crazy contests and a friendship that breaks all the rules!

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