Filming is underway on Northern Pictures’ first foray into live action series, a comedy for ABC ME, Hardball.
Set in Western Sydney, the 13 x half hour series is the brainchild of writing duo Guy Edmonds and Matt Zeremes – developed together with Head of Kids for Northern Pictures and Executive Producer, Catherine Nebauer.
Hardball centres around fish-out-of-water Mikey and his misfit mates Salwa and Jerry. Their goal is to make Mikey the “sweetest-bestest-acest handball champ that Western Sydney’s ever seen.”
“Hardball came together very quickly, with everyone immediately responding to the fun and engaging scripts, and the endearing and quirky characters,” Catherine Nebauer said.
“Since setting up our Kids division three years ago, Northern Pictures has produced more than 215 hours of pre-school and factual content. Hardball is our first venture into the live action drama space, which is now a key focus for the company.
“As well as bringing new writers to the Australian production scene, Hardball has identified some great new talent from diverse and multicultural backgrounds. We can’t wait to see how Mikey and his mates are received by kids.”
Hardball has been fully funded in Australia with the support of the ABC, Screen Australia, Create NSW, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) and Northern Pictures. The series will air on ABC ME. The ACTF is the international distributor and its Head of Development and Production, Bernadette O’Mahony also serves as Executive Producer on the series.