Screen Australia


Foreign production boosts Australian drama spend to 29-year high

Record levels of foreign production in Australia have helped shatter national records around drama production, which has exceeded $1.17bn ($807m) in spend – the highest levels in 29 years. According to government body Screen Australia’s annual drama report – which measures the production of local and foreign feature films, television and online programmes plus PDV […]

Keshet, ABC team for political drama Black B*tch

Keshet International (KI) has partnered with Australia’s ABC and Screen Australia to bring Blackfella Films’ political drama Black B*tch (WT) to global audiences. Black B*tch focuses on a charismatic and contradictory Indigenous woman who is thrust into national limelight after a horrific event where Australia’s embattled Prime Minister Rachel Anderson sees a publicity goldmine for her party. The […]

SVOD net Acorn coproducing comedy original with ABC

Subscription VOD service Acorn TV is pushing deeper into original programming through the coproduction of a family comedy with Australian pubcaster the ABC. Acorn TV parent Acorn Media Enterprises, ABC, Jungle Entertainment and Screen Australia are coproducing Sando in association with Create NSW. Filming recently finished on the six-part show, which stars Sacha Horler (The […]

Aussie drama spend passes $1.3bn but kids suffer

Australia saw its scripted production spend hit A$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) for the first time, but its kids TV drama business is in “in a state of crisis”, an annual report reveals. Screen Australia’s 27th Drama Report, covering 2016/17, shows A$321 million was spend on a record 46 TV dramas out of a total of […]

ABC Kids & BBCWW partner for animated series

ABC Kids and BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) have partnered with Ludo Studio on a new preschool animated series. Production has started on Bluey, an Australian animated preschool series created by Joe Brumm and co-commissioned by ABC Kids and the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. The series has received funding support from Screen Australia, which […]

Factual SVOD net, Arte create Living Universe

Subscription on-demand service CuriosityStream and European cultural broadcaster Arte have co-commissioned a science-themed doc series and accompanying feature film. The Living Universe comes from Australian indie Essential Media and Entertainment and French producer-distributor Zed. This comprises a 4x60mins TV series and a 1x90mins feature documentary. Set in the past, present and future, it will look […]

YouTube, Vice, Maker and more for MIP Digital Fronts

Digital platforms and content companies including YouTube, Vice, and Maker Studios will be in Cannes for the MIP Digital Fronts. They will be joined by Dailymotion, AwesomenessTV, Collective Digital Studio, Machinima, New Form Digital, Screen Australia, and Vox Media at the second version of the event, which sees digital specialists showcase their wares. Screenings will […]

Flame Distribution brings in Screen Australia exec

Australia-based distributor Flame has brought in Chris Oliver to boost its Asian sales, production and coproduction efforts. Oliver is best-known as the head of state and industry partnerships at Australian funding body Screen Australia, facilitating Australian prodco’s efforts to work with partners throughout Asia. His work at Flame will kick off at the Asian Side […]

New players set for MIP Digital Fronts

The second MIP Digital Fronts will include the likes of AwesomenessTV, Collective Digital Studio and New Form Digital. Machinima, Screen Australia and Vox Media will also present their latest digital content wares at the event, which debuted last year during MIPTV. This year’s event, which runs from April 15-16 in the Cannes’ Palais des Festivals, […]

Discovery pre-buys Tsunami feature doc

Discovery Networks Western Europe has pre-bought feature documentary After the Wave, for a number of territories. The deal, brokered with UK-based financing and co-production specialist Drive, hands Discovery broadcast rights in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. TVF International has distribution rights elsewhere. The 1x90mins After the Wave focuses on the […]