New doco, series approvals in Create NSW funding.

Playmaker Media has a new Sydney-based series (presumably a drama) on the horizon, but details and broadcaster are being kept under wraps by Create NSW, in their latest funding approvals.

Funding is also directed to Dead Lucky in production for SBS plus Rake, Doctor Doctor and Body Hack.

ABC has a new doco Making Muriel which follows film director P.J. Hogan adapting an Aussie classic into a stage musical for the Sydney Theatre Company.

Screentime also has an unnamed doco production under Jennifer Collins and the multi-platform vodcast The Queen and Zak Grieve is also funded -it will screen later on Foxtel.

TV and related projects:

Project: ‘Dead Lucky’
Production Company: Dead Lucky Holdings
Director: David Caesar
Producer/Writer/Executive Producer: Ellie Beaumont
Producer/Writer/Executive Producer: Drew Proffitt
Producer: Diane Haddon
Executive Producers: Greg Sitch, Nina Stevenson
Support: $400,000 Made in NSW Fund
Location: Sydney/Western Sydney
Synopsis: On a perfect Sydney day, the lives of two feuding detectives, a share-house of international students, a pair of corrupt shop owners, a grieving widow and a gunman all collide, leaving one dead and another missing.
Other investors: Screen Australia, SBS (domestic broadcaster)

Project: Unnamed TV Series
Production Company: Playmaker Media
Producer: Sue Seeary
Executive Producers: David Maher, David Taylor
Support: $600,000 Made in NSW Fund
Location: Sydney

Project: ‘Making Muriel’
Production Company: In Films Pty Ltd
Director/Producer: Nel Minchin
Producer: Ivan O’Mahoney
Executive Producer: Nial Fulton
Support: $45,000 production investment
Location: Sydney
Synopsis: ‘Making Muriel’ follows film director P.J. Hogan as he and his creative team join with Australia’s most innovative stage producers Global Creatures, turning an Australian film classic into a world-first stage musical at the Sydney Theatre Company.
Other investors: Screen Australia, ABC (domestic broadcaster)

Project: Unnamed documentary series
Production Company: Screentime
Director: Jeff Siberry
Director: Helen Barrow
Producer: Niamh Linnie
Executive Producer: Jennifer Collins
Support: $70,000 production investment
Location: Sydney/Port Maquarie (and international locations)

Project: Todd Sampson ‘Body Hack 2.0’
Production Company: Essential Media and Entertainment Pty Ltd
Director: Jeff Siberry
Producer: Chris Thorburn
Executive Producer: Chris Hilton
Executive Producer: David Alrich
Executive Producer: Todd Sampson
Support: $60,000 production investment
Location: Sydney (post production)
Synopsis: Science meets extreme exploration as adventurer Todd Sampson pushes his body to the limits of human endurance to better understand himself and his species.
Other investors: Screen Australia, Network Ten (domestic broadcaster)

Project: ‘Doctor, Doctor’ (series 2)
Production Company: DRDR2 Series
Writers: Tamara Asmar, Liz Doran, Angela McDonald
Directors: Ian Watson, Kriv Stenders, Tori Garrett, Ben Chessell
Producers: Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan, Tony McNamara
Support: $250,000 Made In NSW Fund, $100,000 Regional Filming Fund
Location: Sydney, Mudgee
Synopsis: As the sand slowly runs out on Hugh’s probation, the Knight family must decide whether their struggles will bring them closer together or tear them apart.
Other investors: Nine Network (domestic broadcaster)

Project: ‘Rake’ (series 5)
Production Company: Essential Media & Entertainment
Writers: Peter Duncan, Andrew Knight
Producers: Ian Collie, Richard Roxburgh
Support: $300,000 Made in NSW Fund
Location: Sydney/Canberra
Synopsis: Cleaver Greene returns in 2018 as an independent senator in Parliament House. Embroiled in scandal after scandal, Cleaver will add yet more chaos to his life and the lives of those around him. With Parliament crumbling, will Cleaver step up to help Australia keep calm and carry on?
Other investors: ABC (domestic broadcaster)

Project: ‘The Queen and Zak Grieve’
Production Company: In Films Pty, Ltd
Writer: Dan Box
Director/Producer: Ivan O’Mahoney
Executive Producer: Nial Fulton
Support: $15,000 production investment
Location: Sydney (post production)
Synopsis: In this ‘vodcast’ series, Walkley Award-winning storyteller Dan Box moves into the Northern Territory town of Katherine to unpick the strange story of Zak Grieve, a young Indigenous man sent to jail for 20 years for a murder even the judge accepted he did not commit. Is it time for the mandatory sentencing laws that led to Zak’s demise to finally be revoked?
Other investors: Screen Australia, The Australian

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