Screen Australia commits to 5 online originals; ACTF welcomes federal budget commitment
the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) secured the Commonwealth Government’s commitment in the Federal Budget to its ongoing operational funding for the next four years to the tune of A $ 11.9 million (~ US $ 9.2 million).
“This recognizes the significant value of Australian children’s screen content and provides us with certainty, allowing every dollar of the previously announced additional $ 20 million over two years to be invested in new content,” commented Jenny Buckland, CEO from ACTF. “We look forward to announcing the first batch of new issues to receive this funding next month. We have huge live action children’s dramas, animation and factual content in development with independent producers across the country and we work with Screen Australia, ABC, NITV, state and territorial agencies, Netflix, Stan and other platforms to deliver a wide range of quality content to Australian children and their families. We expect this content to continue to entertain children around the world. “
Learn more at https://actf.com.au.
Screen Australia announced A $ 1.3 million (~ US $ 1 million) in online production funding for five projects, including children’s animated series Sunset Paradise (from the creators of YouTube hit Meta Runner) and Ginger and the Vegesaurs, as well as comic series The emu war, Season 2 of the award-winning live-action children’s series First day and Canceled, the sequel to Luke Eve’s lockdown drama in 2020 Canceled.
“We’re excited to support these projects which feature engaging storytelling across a mix of genres, including kids, comedy, animation and relationship drama,” said Lee Naimo, senior director of online investments for Screen Australia. “We are always on the lookout for projects that have solid pathways to audiences and we are very impressed with the range featured in this list, whether through platforms such as ABC iview or targeting large existing fan bases. such as Glitch Productions’ Sunset Paradise on YouTube and Luke Eve Canceled on Facebook.”
- Ginger and the Vegesaurs: A 20-part animated children’s series for ABC iview and YouTube set in a world dominated by the Vegesaurs, the freshest and most delicious creatures to ever rule the planet. Ginger, a brave young “ Tricarrotops ”, and his three little “ Pea-Rex ” buddies share adventures in a valley populated by crowds of other Vegesaurs – some sympathetic, some less so. Created by Gary Eck and Nick O’Sullivan, whose credits include Happy feet 2, the series has been developed and will be produced by Cheeky Little Media. Eck and Sam Carroll (Grace next to me) will lead the editorial team and the series will be produced by Céline Goetz and executive production by Patrick Egerton and David Webster who have previously collaborated on Kangaroo Beach.
- Sunset Paradise: A 10-part animated series for YouTube by Glitch Productions, the team behind the successful series Meta Runner. This comedic adventure series follows a young woman named Meggy, who arrives on a tropical island on vacation only to find a criminal conspiracy threatening the safety of the island. It’s up to Meggy to save the island from danger – and save her vacation plans. The pilot episode launched in March has already garnered over a million views. Sunset Paradise is written by Jasmine Yang and Jasper Marlow, directed by Luke Lerdwichagul and produced by Kevin Lerdwichagul.
The second iteration of Screen Australia and SBS’s Digital Originals initiative is also underway, with 12 teams selected to participate in the development workshops.
“It’s also great to work with the next group of digital original creators, who took part in workshops last week,” Naimo added. “The teams spent time developing their projects and heard from workshop guests, including Nisha Ganatra (Late at night), Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Anna Dokoza (Lady Dynamite), Corrie Chen (Back queens), Richie Mehta (Delhi Crime), Vanessa Gazy (Eden) and Ronny Chieng (Ronny Chieng: international student). The 12 projects are all so different – from dramas to thrillers, comedies to horror – this is an incredibly strong group and we look forward to the selected teams taking on the development of their projects for SBS OnDemand. “
The projects are:
- Appetite – Mohini Herse (writer / director / producer), Neilesh Verma (writer), Neil Sharma (director), Sleena Wilson (executive producer)
- CEEBS – Betiel Beyin (writer / performer), Leigh Lule (writer / performer), Amie Batalibasi (producer), Nikki Tran (producer)
- Deity – Taofia Pelesasa (Writer / Director), Eliorah Malifa (Producer), Nicole Coventry (Producer)
- Garbage – Hunter Page-Lochard (writer / director / producer), Luke Bouchier (writer / director / producer), Kobie Duncan (writer)
- Let me help – Emma Myers (writer / producer), Angus Thompson (writer / producer), Nina Oyama (writer / director)
- Native language – Katrina Irawati Graham (writer / director), Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe (writer), Ana Tiwary (producer)
- Night bloomers – Andrew Lee (Writer / Director / Producer), Ashlea Ritchie (Producer), Michael McMahon (Executive Producer), Barry Gamba (Executive Producer)
- SHADOW – Enoch Mailangi (screenwriter), Wendy Mocke (screenwriter), Alana Hicks (director)
- Son – Danny Aumua (writer / director), Jason Dewhurst (writer), Jessica Magro (producer)
- The matriarch – Ivy Mak (writer / producer), Jayden Rathsam Hua (writer / director)
- Transferred – Chloe Black (Writer), Paul Moran (Producer), Adele Vuko (Director)
- Unicorn hunters – Rachel Perks (writer), Jean Tong (writer), Tessa Mansfield-Hung (producer)
An evolution of SBS’s Short-Form Content Initiative, the Digital Originals initiative aims to support practitioners and projects that reflect gender equity and / or the diversity of people and experiences across Australia. This includes those who identify as First Nations Australians; come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds (CALD); those who live with a disability; are female or trans / gender; identify as LGBTQIA +; and those located in regional and remote areas.
More information at screenaustralia.gov.au.