SBS & Paramount+ dramas secure $8m Screen Australia funding

A Sydney-based drama for Paramount+ and the first 8 x 30 drama from SBS Scripted Originals are among nine projects receiving A$12m ($8m) in funding from Screen Australia. North Shore is a six-part crime thriller for Paramount+ that has been created by Mike Bullen (Cold Feet) and directed by Gregor Jordan (Two Hands), with writing from Marcia Gardner (The […]

Hulu & HBO Max share ‘exclusive’ rights to hit US comedy ‘Abbott Elementary’

Warner Bros Discovery’s HBO Max and Disney-backed streamer Hulu are to share exclusive streaming rights to ABC’s hit comedy Abbott Elementary. The unusual deal for the workplace comedy, which debuted its first season on ABC in December, has come about because the show is produced by WBD’s Warner Bros. Television and Disney’s 20th Television. Hulu […]

Fremantle Oz hires ABC’s former head of entertainment & factual as unscripted chief

Fremantle has hired the ABC’s former head of entertainment & factual to lead its unscripted output in Australia. Josie Mason Campbell becomes head of unscripted and will oversee development, creative and production for Fremantle Australia. The exec has most recently been working as a consultant, having left the ABC in 2020 following a restructuring, and […]

Disney hires Hulu, ABC & Amazon Studio execs for Rob Mills’ Alternative arm

Disney has added Hulu, ABC and Amazon Studio execs to its nascent unscripted production division led by Rob Mills. Jill Chapman becomes VP of alternative series & planning at Walt Disney Television (WDR) Alternative, while Alicia Martino is now VP of alternative series and Mike Rosen joins as VP of VP of production. The trio […]

ABC’s Michael Carrington steps down at Australian public broadcaster

ABC in Australia is looking for a new director of entertainment and specialist after Michael Carrington confirmed his return to the production sector. Carrington has been at the ABC for sux years, initially joining to lead its children’s division before becoming content director three years later and then taking on his current, expanded remit. He […]

Japan’s NHK snags Australian kids show ‘The Inbestigators’

Japanese broadcaster NHK has picked up rights to Australian kids show The Inbestigators, which debuted on the ABC in 2019 and is available globally on Netflix. The comedy mockumentary tells the story of four primary school children who form their own detective agency and become best friends in the process, with each episode tracking their […]

Exclusive: France TV, C4, ZDF, CBC & others link to co-fund science projects

France Télévisions and some of the fellow pubcasters that make up the Global Doc commissioning group have launched a major call for ambitious science documentaries as they seek new projects to back. Global Doc was launched by France Télévisions at Sunnyside of the Doc three years ago and is based on the model of the pubcaster alliance in […]

ABC Signature head of current exits after three decades

Stephanie Leifer, EVP and head of current programming at ABC Signature, and one of Disney-owned ABC’s longest-serving execs, is exiting the company after almost three decades. Leifer has held her current position since 2010, overseeing current series for ABC Signature and its predecessor ABC Studios, including shows such as Grey’s Anatomy at ABC and The […]

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