FremantleMedia Australia is developing four high-end drama concepts following matched funding outside the traditional broadcast model from Screen Australia’s Enterprise Stories program.
Jo Porter, FremantleMedia Australia’s Director of Drama said, “This is the most innovative and ambitious development model ever undertaken in Australia. We will partner with local writers to take Australian-led stories to the international stage.
“This significant investment is going to be a game changer for Australia’s creative community. It is a unique opportunity to connect the best local talent with the leading creatives in the world.”
Every Cloud Productions (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Werner Film Productions (Dance Academy) and Melbourne-based screen resource organisation Open Channel have also been funded to develop market-ready scripts for film, television and multiplatform projects.
The Enterprise Growth program also sees Van Vuuren Bros. receive funding for a Soul Mates spin-off feature Kiwi Assassins: The Musical.
Fiona Cameron COO at Screen Australia added, “Enterprise Industry has a fundamental underlying principle of advancing the capacity of the industry as a whole and not just the business plan of the applicant. These projects announced today are ambitious, innovative and together work to raise the profile of the Australian screen sector and ensure it is armed to punch above its weight into the future.”