Five new projects secured script development funding at the ACTF’s final board meeting for the year on 24 November 2015.
The projects that received funding were:
- Calypso Chew! What’s up with you?
The experienced team of Ron Saunders from Beyond Screen Productions (NSW) and Dave Gurney from Blue Rocket (TAS) have teamed up to develop a concept optioned from creator Sal Balharrie. They will receive $20,765 to develop the series bible and sample script.
- RK7 – Rainbow Kids
Viskatoons (VIC), the company that produced Jar Dwellers SOS for the Ten Network, has teamed up with Barbara Uecker (ex ABC Kids) and is developing a new animated series based on a concept by children’s author Bambi Smyth. They will receive $13,990 to hold a development workshop and create a series bible for the project.
- Lah Lah’s Adventures Series 2
Grahame Grassby and Deb Ryan at Stella Projects (NSW) are again working with Tina and Mark Harris and are developing a second series of the successful Seven Network pre-school series . They will receive $10,000 to develop a pitch bible and write one script to take to Kidscreen 2016.
- #4 Under The Floor
Avrill Stark is developing a live action sitcom series for kids 8-13 years. A Stark Productions (NSW) will receive $6,000 to hold a development workshop and write a mini-bible for the series.
- The Pretenders
The team behind Dance Academy – Joanna Werner and Sam Strauss – are in development on a new 26 x half hour children’s live action drama series. Werner Film Productions (VIC) will receive $10,698, as matched funding, towards the development of a series bible for the new series.
- Drop Dead Weird
Sally Browning at Air Pig Productions (NSW) received second round development funding of $13,000 for the sitcom series Drop Dead Weird, to write an episode script and finalise the series budget and schedule.