Jungle makes Drama Development appointment

Jungle Entertainment has appointed Shay Spence, formerly at FremantleMedia, as Development Manager, Drama.

Jungle Entertainment has appointed Shay Spencer as Development Manager, Drama.

Spencer was previously at FremantleMedia where she worked with Executive Producer Jo Porter on drama series such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Wentworth and Hoges.

Whilst Jungle has a track record in comedy but it’s move into drama is relatively recent. Spencer will also work with Head Writer Phil Lloyd on their existing drama slate.

Upcoming Foxtel drama Mr Inbetween is the only non US drama series selected for the Sundance Film Festival.

Jungle now also has a number of dramas in advanced development with Australian networks, including a ‘Cli-Fi’ initiative which brings together climate scientists and writers to develop an anthology of stories about climate change, funded by the ABC, Create NSW, Screen Australia and University of NSW.

Jungle CEO Jason Burrows said: “When we started talking to people about the role, Shay’s name kept being mentioned as a dynamic up and coming star in the industry and as someone who would fit the Jungle culture perfectly.”

Spencer said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Jungle. I’ve long admired their creative approach and original programming. The opportunity to be part of growing their drama slate was something I couldn’t resist.”

Jungle COO Chloe Rickard said: “Shay is respected by writers, with many speaking highly of her work ethic and taste. I am excited about the new collaborations she will champion and the diversity of stories this will bring.”

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