Nine / Fairfax streaming service Stan, has surpassed 1 million active subscribers.
At a Sydney media event yesterday CEO Mike Sneesby announced new output deals with Starz & MGM and new local dramas.
In attendance were producers from Playmaker Media, Jungle Entertainment, with writers including Vicki Madden & Glen Dolman plus actors Rachael Blake, Matt Okine, Elsa Cocquerel, Tess Haubrich, and “Stan-bassador” Beau Ryan.
“We’ve had a very strong tradition internally at Stan of ringing a little bell, everytime we achieve an important milestone,” said Sneesby.
“We rang this bell when we did our first content deal, when Nine & Fairfax came together to create this business, we rang it when we launched the service and we’ve rung it at every major milestone.”
But Sneesby revealed a much larger bell for a big announcement.
“Today we are delighted to share with you that Stan has passed the milestone of 1 million active households and all eyes are now set on 2 million active households.”
Sneesby announced long-term exclusive output deal with Hollywood studio Lionsgate, which will deliver all future Starz-produced series and more.
A second multi-year output deal will bring all future MGM drama series and hundreds of hours of iconic series and movies, including the Bond franchise.
“The Australian television landscape continues to change rapidly and with that change, the ambitions and opportunities for Stan continue to grow. We have set out to pioneer the future of television in Australia and today’s subscriber milestone is a great indication of how quickly Aussies are changing their TV viewing habits. Premium programming is the key driver of our business growth and strategy and today we have announced some important strategic partnerships that will help us continue to change the face of television in Australia,” Sneesby said.
There are two new local dramas plus one returning title.
6-part mystery drama Bloom is written by Glen Dolman and produced by Playmaker, in partnership with Sony Pictures Television. John Curran (Tracks, Chappaquiddick, Praise) has signed on as a director in his first ever TV project.
Bloom is set one year after a devastating flood kills five locals in an idyllic country town, where a mysterious new plant appears with the power to restore their youth. It’s a gift of power beyond the wildest imagining… a phenomenon so formidable that attempting to harness its potency means re-evaluating everything that’s important. It’s a miracle some will kill to keep secret.
Nick Forward, Stan’s Chief Content Officer said: “Stan is committed to producing premium television series and bringing the best international partners to work with us in Australia. Our production model has enabled us to continually increase the scale of our original series by bringing international investment on board. Bloom is an amazing project: a unique human drama created by world class talent, produced in Australia for Stan and international audiences alike.”
It will go into production in August in Melbourne and will premiere on Stan later this year.
The Kettering Incident’s Victoria Madden created an 8-part drama series, The Gloaming, produced by Madden and John Molloy (Molly, Boys in the Trees) in partnership with Disney’s ABC Studios International.
The Gloaming: the twilight space where light meets dark, the space between awake and asleep, where time passes but secrets linger… Unorthodox, troubled cop Molly McGee leads an investigation into the murder of an unidentified woman. To solve the case, Molly has to team up with Alex O’Connell – a man she hasn’t spoken to in twenty years – and they discover that the murder has links to a cold case from the past. What begins as a routine investigation exposes something more insidious, and to catch the killer, Molly and Alex have to face the ghosts of their past.
Nick Forward, Stan’s Chief Content Officer said “We’re delighted to be working with Vicki and John to bring this extraordinary and unique project to the screen. Partnering with Disney’s ABC Studios International, the scale and scope of this production has rarely, if ever, been seen in Australia before.”
Victoria Madden said, “I am thrilled to be teaming up with John Molloy, Stan and ABCSI – the perfect collaborators to create this ambitious, international series. It is a fantastic time to be working as a creator and writer in television.”
Production will commence in Tasmania in the second half of 2018 and premiere in early 2019.
A Christmas special, No Activity: The Night Before Christmas, will reunite Patrick Brammall (Glitch, Upper Middle Bogan, A Moody Christmas) and Trent O’Donnell (New Girl, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, A Moody Christmas), who will also direct. Jungle Entertainment will commence in the second half of 2018, to premiere in December.
The festive one-off special is an improvised comedy that follows detectives Hendy and Stokes (Patrick Brammall, Darren Gilshenan) on their latest police assignment, this time with a seasonal twist. Tasked with a Christmas Eve stakeout, the pair monitor the scene from their parked car as a disgruntled Santa Claus holds a group of innocent Christmas shoppers hostage inside a suburban shopping mall.
Nick Forward, Stan’s Chief Content Officer said “No Activity has made its way around the world, from Hulu in the US to the BBC in the UK. With another season of the US version to come later in the year, now feels like the right time to bring the team back to Australia for a very special production and we can’t wait to see what kind of havoc Trent, Patrick and the team wreak on Christmas 2018.”
A screening of Younger season 5 premiere wrapped events.