‘Wakefield’ sells to Showtime – IF Magazine
Yet another Jungle Entertainment series is headed In the United States – this time drama Wakefield, Showtime seizing US rights.
This is the second Australian acquisition of the premium network owned by ViacomCBS in recent times, having also taken over See-Saw Films’ The end Last September.
Created by Kristen Dunphy and originally commissioned by ABC, Wakefield explores the fine line between reason and madness through the perspective of the staff and patients of a mental institution.
The cast is led by Briton Rudi Dharmalingham, a gifted nurse, who is the most sane person in what is a pretty crazy place. But when a song gets stuck in her head, a dark secret from her past begins to creep into her present.
The set also includes Mandy McElhinney, Geraldine Hakewill, Harriet Dyer, Ryan Corr, Sam Simmons and Felicity Ward.
Sam Meikle is a showrunner with Dunphy, and both have written alongside Joan Sauers and Cathy Strickland. The producers of the series are Shay Spencer and Ally Henville, and directors Jocelyn Moorhouse and Kim Mordaunt.
Wakefield, produced in partnership with BBC Studios, which distributes worldwide, will premiere on Showtime on October 18.
CEO of Jungle Entertainment and Executive producer Jason Burrows said from the early days of development, they spoke of Showtime as a natural home for the series.
“We were very excited when we found out they loved it. We’re really proud of that and it’s so great to see more and more Australian content on the best platforms in the world.
Dunphy is also thrilled to see the series travel.
“The challenge was to bring up the really personal and difficult topic of mental health and make it an entertaining series.
“Seeing it resonate so well with Australian audiences is fantastic – and Americans are at least as crazy as we are – so I’m thrilled that Showtime is bringing it to the US. Hope this helps reassure people on the fact that none of us are completely sane and that there is nothing wrong with not being well. “
Jungle Entertainment has seen significant success in the United States in recent years, including the CBS All Access adaptation of No activity, now until its fourth season; the remake of fox Christmas in a bad mood, now in its second, and the FX-ordered Mr. in-between, which has just aired its third and final season. Sundance Now also acquired Bad mothers, which he produced with Filthy Productions, while Hulu picked up the original Christmas in a bad mood. The production company is also in active development on American versions of the ABC comedy Squinters and Bad mothers.
The European public will also be entitled to Wakefield soon, with the series to be screened in competition at the prestigious French television festival Series Mania at the end of August, against other Australian series, Unusual suspects by Aquarius Films.