ABC3 opens door to TV pitches

ABC3 is looking for a live-action, mixed media program, animated drama or comedy, variety and a game show for kids.

ABC3 logoABC has thrown open the doors to Aussie producers for new content for ABC3, it’s new digital children’s channel to launch in December.

It is inviting producers to submit program concepts that fit into 4 categories:

1. A live-action or mixed media program for 4 – 7 year old boys and girls – an unique, unusual, imaginative idea, that will cut through and make an impact in the schedule, and stand alongside the world’s best pre-school programming.

2. A live action or animated drama and comedy for 8 – 12 year old boys – big, bold, brave ideas that offer our audience something different, that they might only find on ABC.

3. A comedy/variety Show for 8 – 12 year old boys and girls – fresh, original Australian concepts for comedy and/or variety shows that appeal directly to the target audience’s sense of humour and reflect their own experiences and interests.

4. A game/quiz Show for 8 – 12 year old boys and girls – an original Australian concept, with challenges that inspire contestants to up the ante, either physically or mentally. A format that builds real jeopardy, where the stakes are high and there are twists at every turn

All pitches must include a strong multi-platform element.

So far the ABC is already developing new projects specifically for an ABC3 premiere including My Story, Dance Academy, CJ the DJ, West Coast Kids and After School Care.

Closing date for pitches is October 30th.

More information can be found at: abc.net.au/tv/independent/childrens_projects.htm

13 Responses

  1. Why can’t the ABC look beyond Australian content? the majority of recent Australian series (animated or live action) for kids are low quality, and not even worth watching. The only good Australian series for kids I have seen recently is Classic Tales, which offers folk tales from around the world.

    Those themes are far too generic too, why not a series that isn’t typical comedy, drama (usually focused on same old issues), or game show? why not a series focused on characters and/or story, that isn’t dumbed down for kids?

    At this rate, the extra funding for the ABC3 will be quickly wasted, with only a few more low quality Australian series for kids to show for it.

    Brent :
    Check out the ABC Faves channel on iView service, to see several older Australia series (from the 1990s) for kids.

  2. What about a show where a kid builds a time machine out of a car, and goes back and meets his parents when they were his age!

    Or what about a show where a kid builds a machine that makes the perfect woman out of a doll!

    Or what about a show where a kid and his friends find pirate treasure in a huge underground cave!

    Or what about a show where a kid gets this exotic pet that turns into a monster if he feeds it after midnight!

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