Renewed: Mako: Island of Secrets

Exclusive: Queensland gets another $12m kid's series, primed for ELEVEN and Netflix.

MAKO MERMAIDSEXCLUSIVE: Cameras are set to roll on Australian children’s series Mako: Island of Secrets once again, for ELEVEN and Netflix.

The series, produced by Jonathan M. Shiff Production, has been a been a big hit for US streaming service Netflix, as their first live-action children’s series.

Marketed internationally as Mako Mermaids, it boasts a $12.15 million budget, and is about to film on the Gold Coast once again.

Set on the magical Mako Island, the story sees a pod of mermaids trying to take back the powers, of a merman who has a connection with their island.

Executive and Creative Producer Jonathan Shiff is easily Australia’s most successful children’s producer with a lengthy list of credits including Wicked Science, Thunderstone, Ocean Girl, H:20 Just Add Water, Lightning Point, Elephant Princess, Cybergirl, Scooter: Secret Agent, Horace and Tina and more. 

“As with the original series H2o: Just Add Water, of which Mako is a spinoff, the series is proving to be a runaway global success, not only with the children’s audience, but also with wide family appeal,” he said.

“Our new partnership with Netflix brings us into an even bigger market of tens of millions of viewers who will enjoy the magical world of mermaids with the stunning Gold Coast backdrop”.


Series two sees returning cast members Amy Ruffle, Chai Romruen and Gemma Forsyth , joined by Isabel Durant (Dance Academy, C.A.M.P), newcomer Alex Cubis, and Canadian actress, Allie Bertram (Fringe, Supernatural, Radio Rebel) who was recently runner up on So You Think You Can Dance Canada (Isabel Durant was also a finalist in the Australian series).

The series is produced in association with Network TEN, ZDF and Netflix, with investment from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland and supported by the City of Gold Coast’s Investment Attraction Program.

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