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Screen Australia announces near $500k for five online originals

06/11/2018

07 11 2018 - Media release Screen Australia announces near $500k for five online originals

Claudia O'Doherty to star in Sarah's Channel / Photo by Ramona Rosales augustimage.com (USA) ravenandsnow.com (AUS)

Four comedies and one drama form the latest Online Production slate from Screen Australia. Four of the creative teams are receiving Screen Australia funding for the first time, including producers Karen Colston and Robbie Miles who will create the six-part parody Sarah's Channel for ABC iview. Claudia O'Doherty (Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, Netflix's Love) will star in the title role.

Sarah's Channel follows beauty vlogger Sarah who discovers she's been reanimated after an apocalypse. Live performer and theatre playwright Nick Coyle will make the jump to screen to write/direct, fresh off the back of his hit play The Feather in the Web.

I m thrilled (and surprised) that my idea of a Beauty Vlogger uploading videos in a post-apocalyptic world has been green-lit, and excited to be collaborating with such a fantastic team to bring it to life, said Coyle. There is so much comedy to mine in the online influencer world, and so many pre-existing fans who I hope will love this new take on the genre.

Producer Karen Colston of Yellow Creative Management added, We're so pleased Nick's unique voice will be seen by a wider audience than those lucky enough to have caught his brilliant theatre work, and we hope to create a pathway to screen for other stage practitioners. The concept and execution of Sarah's Channel is inextricably linked to the internet, so it is uniquely suited to the online series format.

Emmy-award winning Queensland studio Ludo are also creating a series for the ABC, satirising the web life-coach industry in the six-part comedy Content. Completion funding has been provided to the emerging creators behind comedies How To Know If You're Dating A Narcissist and Single Ladies, plus family drama Time & Place.

We have a healthy appetite for creative risk in Online Production, and want to support new creators who are trying out bold concepts, said Screen Australia Investment Manager Lee Naimo. I'm particularly pleased to see the majority of projects in this slate have female central characters, and female directors.

As we've seen most recently with Superwog and Sheilas, online content can well and truly compete with traditional mediums in terms of production values and audience share. Now is the time for emerging creators to be taking advantage of Screen Australia's revised Development funding opportunities to refine their concepts, and get in touch with us in Online Production to discuss their projects.

Please find funded project blocklines below.

ONLINE FUNDING Since 2008, Screen Australia has funded more than 200 online projects, collectively amassing over 290 million views on YouTube alone.

In 2017/18, Screen Australia provided $3.479m in production funding to online dramas. Recipients included Theo and Nathan Saidden for the Superwog series, which launched in October 2018. The first three episodes of the comedy all trended #1 on YouTube, and have already amassed over ten million views.

The agency also provided near $600k in online talent and sector development in 2017/18, including the hugely popular Google Skip Ahead and ABC Fresh Blood initiatives.

Screen Australia invests in online documentaries and online works from Indigenous creators through additional funding programs.

Four of the five titles nominated for the 2018 AACTA for Best Online Video or Series' were Screen Australia funded.

ONLINE CONTENT Screen Australia's Drama Report detailed that the budgets and expenditure for Australian online dramas* more than tripled in 2017/18 to $53 million. There were seven fewer online drama titles compared to 2016/17, however the higher volume of hours and significant increase in budgets stemmed from the production of content with longer episodes and higher cost per hour.

18 Australian titles* were made for first release online in 2017/18, including ABC iview's Deadlock and SBS On Demand's Homecoming Queens both of which are nominated for Best Online Video or Series in the 2018 AACTA Awards.

*includes single episodes or series titles with total durations of 30 minutes or more.

How To Know If You re Dating A Narcissist

CONTENT 1 x 60 min / 6 x 10 min

Ludo Studio (QLD)

Genre: Comedy

Producer: Meg O'Connell

Executive Producers: Charlie Aspinwall, Daley Pearson

Director: Daley Pearson

Writer: Anna Barnes

Platform: ABC TV and ABC iview

Synopsis: Lucy is a woke, successful influencer who wants to help you achieve everything you've wanted a partner, a career and contentedness. Unfortunately, Lucy has a severely unhealthy relationship with her phone which keeps her from achieving any of these things herself.

Production credit: Content is a Ludo Studio production for the ABC. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Screen Queensland.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE DATING A NARCISSIST 6 x 5mins

Sweary Canary Films (NSW)

Genre: Comedy

Producers: Kristy Best, Michelle Lia (Associate), Enzo Tedeschi

Directors: Kristy Best

Writers: Kristy Best

Platform: TBC

Synopsis: Follow multi-narcissist survivor Kristy Best as she abrasively whisks you through a surreal lifestyle parody hell-bent on teaching women everywhere How To Know If You're Dating A Narcissist.

Production credit: How to Know If You're Dating a Narcissist is a Sweary Canary Films productions. Production investment from Sweary Canary Films in association with Screen Australia.

SARAH'S CHANNEL 6 x 5 mins

Yellow Creative Management Pty Ltd and Mythmaker Media Pty Ltd (NSW)

Genre: Comedy

Producers: Karen Colston, Robbie Miles

Executive Producers: Mark Morrissey,
LINK: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/media-centre/news/2018/11-07-500...
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