FOX8’s anticipated teen drama SLiDE will premiere in August.
Filmed on location in Brisbane, the 10 part series stars Gracie Gilbert (Tammy), Adele Perovic (Eva), Emily Iris Robins (Scarlett), Ben Schumann (Ed) and Brenton Thwaites (Luke) as five 17-year-olds smashing their way into adulthood.
Produced by Playmaker Media and Hoodlum, each episode takes place over the course of 24 hours, built around the idea of a group heist that leads to unexpected first-time experiences. The five will ‘encounter every manner of obstacle in their quests to steal experiences they’re not entitled to and nothing will dampen their outlook or spirit.’
Executive producer David Taylor says: “From the outset we didn’t assume what 17-year-olds wanted in a drama series or how they wanted it, we asked them. Foxtel embraced this ‘user driven’ approach from the first pitch and it became the SLiDE way from that point onwards. Our aim was for SLiDE to be optimistic, upbeat and funny. We learned from this demographic that they didn’t want it to be bleak and it needed to be like nothing else on TV. Importantly, they wanted a sense of ownership.”
Executive producer Tracey Robertson adds: “Having a dialogue with 17-year-olds was essential through this whole process, through the scriptwriting, through the design, through all the testing. Instead of coming from a ‘we know what you think perspective’, we’ve invited them in.”
“We at FOX8 have been passionate about SLiDE since its very beginning,” said Duane Hatherly, Group Channel Manager FOX8, ARENA & Bio. “Every detail from the young cast, to the locations, shooting style and music right through to the deep online offering has been scrutinised and tailored to our audience to deliver authenticity with a degree of humour. It is one of FOX8’s top priorities for the year and we have high hopes that it will resonate strongly with our audience.”
SLiDE‘s multiplatform experience produced by Hoodlum, offers a webisode series in the lead up to the program on air and after each episode plus offer live action video scenes, behind the-scenes footage, games, graphic novels, music reviews, polls and quizzes.
SLiDE characters will also interact across social media, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr blog and MySpace.
Character driven, optimistic, irreverent and unpredictable, SLiDE is all about surviving your teenage years with a smile. Together the SLiDE five capture the best moments of that fleeting once-in-a-lifetime zone between childhood and adulthood, when your life is exhilarating, exciting and terrifying. SLiDE differs with the involvement of its actual audience.
It will premiere on Tuesday August 16 at 7.30pm on FOX8.