The Australian Children’s Television Foundation has announced development funding for two new, high-concept live-action drama projects.
Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren, also known as Bondi Hipsters, are making their first foray into childrens’ TV with The Return of Sebastian King. The team behind online series The Drop Off are also funded for a new project, The Cliffs.
“It has been lovely to see so many diverse projects apply for and receive ACTF development funding this financial year and a pleasure to be working with the many talented creatives who want to raise the bar and develop quality projects for Australian children,” says Bernadette O’Mahony, ACTF Head of Development and Production.
The successful applicants were:
The Return of Sebastian King, NSW – $25,575
An original live action series from Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren of Van Vuuren Bros fame. Christiaan and Connor have both previously written, directed, produced and starred in their own comedy sketch series including Bondi Hipsters and Soul Mates. Christiaan both co-wrote and directed the viral music video sensation Activewear for the skit comedy series Skitbox, and Connor has had a successful career as a stunt performer parallel to his writing and directing exploits. The Return of Sebastian King will be their first foray into kids’ content.
The Cliffs, VIC – $21,000
An original live-action series from husband and wife team, Fiona Harris and Mike McLeish of Kiss & Go Productions. Both Fiona and Mike are seasoned writers and performers in the Australian industry. They produced, wrote and starred in the online series The Drop Off. Fiona has also authored the children’s book series The Super Moopers. The Cliffs will be their first kids’ series to go into development.
The ACTF Board has also approved distribution advances for two new children’s projects, one drama and one factual series, to be announced in coming months.