New program to fund
A landmark program to support the development of internationally-driven high-end television drama is to be launched before the end of the year.
high-end TV drama
The program has been set up by Screen Australia in recognition of the unprecedented audience and market growth for high-end television including such programs as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Top of the Lake, House of Cards and The Bridge.
The Screen Australia initiative aims to assist Australian producers to develop inventive, high-end ideas.
It will fund up to five projects each year in two rounds, with up to $40,000 available for each successful project. Projects will be selected following a creative assessment but must be supported by a formal letter of interest from a major international broadcaster or major internet streaming company. However, the involvement of an Australian broadcaster is not a requirement.
Head of Development at Screen Australia, Martha Coleman said the hope was that the program would identify inventive high-end TV series ideas with an international market, enabling Australian producers to work in an international broadcasting environment.
“It will also be distinguished by projects that tell specific but universal stories, with a creatively ambitious vision and a cinematic sensibility to encourage the cross-fertilisation of the best Australian cinema and TV creative talent,” Ms Coleman said.
“High-end television is responsible for water cooler conversations all over the world, winning its audience with complex, nuanced stories and creative brilliance.”
She said Australia had the ideas and the talent to make a global impact through its storytelling, and the fund would assist its producers and writers to rise to the challenge.
Full details of the program, including eligibility, deadlines and how to apply, will be published shortly on the Screen Australia website.
Edition 383, 15 October 2013