Stan has announced four new series are now in development.
They include satirical drama Merchants of Misery set in the world of celebrity agents and gossip magazines, semi-autobiographical comedy The Other Guy from Matt Okine, All Thumbs about three social outcasts looking for love and Chaperones starring comedy trio Aunty Donna.
Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward, said: “This slate demonstrates Stan’s rapidly growing investment in original programming, confirming our standing as a vital, exciting new player in the Australian production landscape.”
“We are working with the best creatives in the country to develop world-class content, with an eye on the international market.”
As yet none of the projects are confirmed for production but Stan does have a second season of No Activity and Queensland telemovie The Second on the way.
Merchants of Misery
A young talent agent is left to navigate the world of gossip magazines after she inherits her father’s celebrity management company and a roster of high-profile, hard-luck stories. From Trent O’Donnell, the creator of Stan Original series No Activity, and journalist Bryce Corbett, Merchants of Misery will also be directed by O’Donnell and produced by Chloe Rickard for Jungle. Development is being financed with the assistance of Screen NSW.
The Other Guy
This hilarious and heartbreaking series follows the story of a successful radio host who finds himself single for the first time in 10 years after discovering his long-term girlfriend has been having an affair with his best friend – and to make things even more complicated, it looks like she’s pregnant. Created by and starring Matt Okine, the series is being written by Okine, Becky Lucas and Greg Waters. The Other Guy will be produced by Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford and Cecilia Ritchie for Aquarius Films and Executive Produced by Jude Troy for eOne and development is being financed with the assistance of Screen NSW.
The lives of three social outcasts intersect as they attempt to overcome their various shortcomings and find love. All Thumbs is created by and stars Damon Herriman (Justified, Flesh & Bone) and will be produced by Jungle, the team behind Stan Original series No Activity.
Three deadbeat nobodies are entrusted with the day-to-day care of a child star. Created by and starring comedy group Aunty Donna, Chaperones will be produced by Nel Minchin for In Films, with development financing from Screen Australia.