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2018–2019 TELEVISION production

FEBRUARY 2019

STATELESS  
6 x 55mins
Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd and Dirty Films Pty Ltd
Genre 
Drama
Producers Sheila Jayadev, Paul Ranford 
Executive Producers Tony Ayres, Cate Blanchett, Elise McCredie, Liz Watts
Directors Emma Freeman, Jocelyn Moorhouse
Writers  Elise McCredie, Belinda Chayko
Broadcaster ABC

SEACHANGE PARADISE RECLAIMED (working title)
Every Cloud Productions & ITV Studios Australia
Genre 
Drama, Comedy
Producer Lois Randall
Executive Producers Fiona Eagger, Deb Cox, David Mott, Sigrid Thornton
Director Wayne Blair (set up director)
Writers Deb Cox, Elizabeth Coleman, Jo Martino, Michael Millar, Jaime Marc Browne, Ian Meadows, Joshua Mapleston
Broadcaster Nine Network
International Sales ITV Global Entertainment Ltd
Synopsis Twenty years on – when Laura Gibson returns to the beachside paradise of Pearl Bay to attend the birth of her estranged daughter’s baby – rising seas levels, community cover-ups and some very stormy weather conspire to convince her this town now needs her as much as she needs it.

NOVEMBER 2018

HUNGRY GHOSTS
4 x 51 mins
Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Producer Stephen Corvini, Timothy Hobart
Executive Producer Debbie Lee
Director TBC
Writers Timothy Hobart, Michelle Lee, Alan Nguyen, Jeremy Nguyen, John Ridley
Broadcaster SBS
International Sales NBCUniversal Distribution
Synopsis When a powerful amulet is broken on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Melbourne, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As they wreak havoc across the Vietnamese Australian community, reclaiming lost loves and repaying old grudges, a young woman who’s never taken responsibility for who she could be, must finally step up and accept her destiny.

HALIFAX RETRIBUTION
8 x 48 mins
Beyond Lonehand Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Thriller
Producers Roger Simpson, Louisa Kors 
Executive Producer Mikael Borglund, Rebecca Gibney, Roger Simpson
Director TBC
Writers Mac Gudgeon, Jan Sardi, Roger Simpson 
Broadcaster Nine Network
International Sales TBC
Synopsis When Jane Halifax receives a letter threatening a terrible retribution against her family, she finds herself back in a world she thought she had left behind - profiling a diabolical killer.

THE SECRET SHE KEEPS
6 x 42 mins
Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd
Genre Drama, Thriller
Producers Helen Bowden, Paul Watters 
Executive Producers Rick Maier, Jason Stephens
Director Catherine Millar,  Jennifer Leacey
Writers Sarah Walker, Jonathan Gavin
Broadcaster Network Ten 
International Sales DCD Rights 
Synopsis The Secret She Keeps is a six-part domestic noir series based on Michael Robotham’s acclaimed novel of the same name. Everyone has an idea of what their ‘perfect’ life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s. These two women from vastly different walks of life hold one thing in common – explosive secrets that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to conceal the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone.

SEPTEMBER 2018

NO ACTIVITY: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
1 x 44 mins
Jungle Entertainment Pty Ltd
Genre Comedy
Producer Chloe Rickard
Executive Producer Jason Burrows
Directors Trent O’Donnell
Writer Trent O’Donnell
Created by Trent O’Donnell & Patrick Brammall
Broadcaster Stan
International Sales BBCW
Synopsis Two cops, Hendy and Stokes, examine the minutiae of life as they are tasked with a Christmas Eve stakeout.

AUGUST 2018

THE GLOAMING
8 x 50 mins
Sweet Potato Films, The Two Jons Pty Ltd
Genre 
Crime, Mystery, Drama
Producer John Molloy, Fiona McConaghy, Victoria Madden
Show Runner Victoria Madden
Director Michael Rymer, Greg McClean, Sian Davies
Writer Victoria Madden
Broadcaster Stan
International Sales ABCSI
Synopsis Two detectives, bound by the past and personal grief, are driven to solve a horrific murder bridging past and present in a world of superstition and supernatural forces.

LES NORTON
10 x 60 mins
Roadshow Rough Diamond
Genre 
Crime, Comedy
Producers Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director Jocelyn Moorhouse, David Caesar, Fadia Abboud, Morgan O’Neill
Writers Morgan O’Neill, Christopher Lee, Shanti Gudgeon, Jessica Tuckwell
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales SONAR
Synopsis A comedy-drama series based on the best-selling novels by Robert G. Barrett, Les Norton follows the exploits of a bloke from outback Queensland who comes to Sydney in 1985 and lands a job in an illegal casino in Kings Cross. A classic fish out of water, he soon finds himself seduced by the city’s illicit charms and dragged deeper into the web of underground criminality. Chaos and capers naturally ensue.

MR. BLACK
8 x 30 mins
CJZ
Genre Comedy, Family
Executive Producers Damian Davis, Adam Zwar, Nick Murray
Series Producer Tim Powell
Directors Amanda Brotchie, Clayton Jacobson
Writers Adam Zwar, Amanda Brotchie
Broadcaster Network Ten
International Sales TBC
Synopsis Mr. Black is an old-school sports journalist who unexpectedly has to move in with his daughter, Angela. What he finds out is that her boyfriend, the sensitive Fin, has also recently moved in. It’s game on. Created by Adam Zwar.

THE LETDOWN SEASON 2
6 x 30 mins
TLD2 Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Producer Linda Micsko
Executive Producer Julian Morrow
Directors Trent O’Donnell, Amanda Brotchie, Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell.
Writers Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell
Broadcaster ABC
International Sales Netflix
Synopsis  Over six new episodes, we continue to follow the story of Audrey (co-creator Alison Bell, in her AACTA Award-nominated role) and the local Mothers’ Group she thought she didn’t need. The new season starts with all the babies turning one, where life with child has become the new norm and Audrey finally feels she’s mastering motherhood and life…but is she?

CHILDREN'S TV DRAMA

APRIL 2019

FIRST DAY
4 x 24 mins
Epic Films Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama
Producer Kirsty Stark, Kate Croser
Writer/Director Julie Kalceff 
Broadcaster ABC ME
International Sales Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Synopsis It’s Hannah Bradford’s first year of high school. As a 12-year-old transgender girl, Hannah not only has to navigate the challenges that come with starting a new school, but find the courage to live as her most authentic self.

FEBRUARY 2019

KANGAROO BEACH
26 x 11 mins
Cheeky Little Media Pty Ltd
Genre 
Comedy, Action adventure, Family, Drama
Producers Celine Goetz, Isla Curtis
Executive Producer Patrick Egerton
Creator Tim Bain
Writers Tim Bain, Charlotte Rose Hamlyn, Samantha Carroll, Simon Dodd
Broadcaster ABC
Synopsis Welcome to sun-soaked Kangaroo Beach, summer home to best friends Pounce, Frizzy, Neville and Gemma, four super-keen cadets training to be junior lifeguards.

BLUEY SEASON 2
52 x 7mins
Ludo Studio Pty Ltd
Genre 
Animation, Kids, Family, Comedy
Executive Producers Charlie Aspinwall, Daley Pearson
Director Joe Brumm
Broadcaster ABC Kids
Synopsis Bluey is an inexhaustible six year-old blue heeler dog, who loves to play and turn everyday family life into extraordinary adventures.

NOVEMBER 2018

SPACE NOVA
26 x 24 mins
SLR Productions Pty Ltd
Genre 
Action adventure, Sci Fi
Producer / Executive Producer Suzanne Ryan
Creative Director Jo Boag
Series Director Pablo De La Torre
Writers Thomas Duncan-Watt, Melanie Alexander, Charlotte Rose Hamlyn, John Armstrong, Joel Slack-Smith
Broadcaster ABC, Nine Network, Super RTL
International Sales ZDF Enterprises
Australia and New Zealand Sales ACTF
Synopsis The Novas: An Aussie family of Astronauts on the brink of discovering an advanced Alien civilisation and a powerful life changing substance called Star Dust.

SEPTEMBER 2018

ITCH  
10 x 24 mins
Komixx Entertainment Pty Ltd
Genre 
Children’s Drama, Action Adventure
Producers Amanda Morrison, Tania Chambers
Writer Ron Elliott, Heather Wilson, Roger Monk, Jessica Brookman, Craig Irvin 
Broadcaster TBA
International Sales ABC Commercial
Synopsis What happens when a source of unimaginable power falls into the hands of a teenage boy?

ALICE MIRANDA SHINES BRIGHT
1 x 80 mins
SLR Productions Pty Ltd
Genre Family, Drama, Comedy, Mystery
Producers Suzanne Ryan, Yasmin Jones 
Executive Producer Suzanne Ryan
Director Jo Boag
Writers Melanie Alexander, Alexa Moses, Tamara Asmar, Justine Gilmer  
Broadcaster Nine Network
International Sales ZDF Enterprises 
Synopsis Alice Miranda is Australia’s newest heroine. An extraordinary young girl, who at the age of nine and three quarters has organised her own early entry into boarding school along with her cheeky pony, Bonaparte. Based on the award-winning books by bestselling Australian author Jacqueline Harvey.

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