Fairfax joint venture streaming service Stan has made its first move into funding Australian TV productions, signing its first local development deals for two six-part series, thriller Wolf Creek and political drama Enemies of the State.
Stan director of content and product Nick Forward said original productions had always been part of Stan’s programming plans.
“Before we move to the commissioning stage, we are thrilled to be working with such talented local writers and producers to kick off the development slate,” Mr Forward said.
“The opportunity to create world-class shows outside the constraints of the traditional TV schedule is a fantastic brief for any producer, and we look forward to working with the best local and international creatives to bring fresh and exciting stories to the screen.”
The six-part Wolf Creek series will be produced by the team behind the successful feature film of the same name and the popular series Underbelly. Original Wolf Creek star John Jarratt will return as the bloodthirsty Mick Taylor.
Enemies of the State is a drama based on the life of controversial Australian High Court judge and attorney-general Lionel Murphy, developed by the team behind popular ABC series Rake.
Enemies writer and producer Peter Duncan said he and his team, including ABC presenter Tony Jones and Robert Connolly, would be “bringing to life one of the great untold stories of Australian political drama”.
“Lionel Murphy changed the nation in his time. And in pursuit of that change he brought against himself forces of enormous power who were determined to destroy him, but one of Lionel Murphy’s greatest enemies was himself,” he said.
“It’s very exciting to be working with Stan which is a game-changer in entertainment and the way Australians view television.”
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