Australian streaming service Stan has entered into a television development alliance with Hollywood mini-studio Lionsgate. The deal comes on top of the content supply deal the pair struck last year.
Stan and Lionsgate announced megachurch family drama series “Prosper,” drama series “The Geography of Friendship,” and comedy crime series “Population: 11” as the first three titles to come out of their development deal.
In addition, Stan announced an expansion of its original production business with additional partners and suppliers in Australia. The company says the new slates put it “on track to deliver 30% of its first premium slate from original productions.”
The local slate includes: drama series ‘Black Snow’, a chill mystery series set in Far North Queensland; “Last Light,” with Matthew Fox and Joanne Froggatt; and “The Jump,” a series about the power of friendship and how our sadness can unite us.
Also announced is the absurd comedy feature “Nude Tuesday”, starring Jackie van Beek, Damon Herriman and Jemaine Clement; from the creators of “Married at First Sight,” a new untitled reality series; a format created by 9Network and Endemol Shine Australia; and the sports documentary series ‘Dawn of the Dolphins’, starring a Queensland-based Rugby League club as they rise from success at community level to elite professional levels.
Earlier this month, Stan announced a pact within his parent company Nine Entertainment to work with reporters from 9Network’s factual show ’60 Minutes’ as well as newspapers The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial. Review to produce documentaries under the Stan’s Revealed label.
“Prosper” is set in the inner sanctum of a family bound by unfathomable wealth and unchecked power as they build an evangelical mega-church bent on world domination. Developed with support from Stan, Lionsgate, Screen NSW and Screen Australia, it was written by Matt Cameron (“Secret City”), Liz Doran (“Barons”), Louise Fox (“Glitch”) and Belinda Chayko. (“Stateless”). Production is handled by Lingo Pictures.
Announced around this time last year, and released as a limited series, “Geography” is a psychological thriller that sees three friends return to the scene of a fateful hike they undertook together decades earlier. As they originally set off on an adventure in the bush, it became apparent that they were not alone. Production is being handled by Rose Byrne’s Dollhouse Pictures and Australian women-run company Aquarius Pictures.
Based on real events, “Population: 11” is created by Phil Lloyd (“The Moodys”), who will serve as executive producer alongside Trent O’Donnell (“No Activity” by Stan) and Jason Burrows (“No Activity” ), with Bridget Callow-Wright produced for Jungle Entertainment.
The Lionsgate-Stan deal was orchestrated for Lionsgate by Agapy Kapouranis and Senior Vice President of International Television Acquisitions and Coproductions Marc Lorber and Stan’s Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie, Head of Script Amanda Duthie and Head of Business Affairs Cymbeline Johnson.
‘Black Snow’ is a Goalpost TV production, funded and produced in association with All3Media International and funded with support from Screen Queensland, Screen NSW and Sundance Now. It is created by Lucas Taylor and written by Taylor, Boyd Quakawoot and Beatrix Christian. It is directed by Sian Davies and Matthew Saville.
Based on the internationally bestselling novel by Alex Scarrow, “Last Light” is a five-part drama starring and produced by Matthew Fox (“Lost”) and starring Joanne Froggatt (“The Commons,” “Downton Abbey “). The series is produced by MGM International TV Productions in association with Peacock, Nordic Entertainment Group’s Viaplay, Stan and MBC; and is distributed by MGM. The series will premiere in the United States on Peacock
“The Jump” is created and produced by Gretel Vella, who writes alongside Keir Wilkins and Emme Hoy. The series is produced by Alice Willison, with Nat Lindwall as executive producer and Ellie Madritsch as associate producer. The partners are AMC Networks’ Sundance Now and Fremantle International.
The “Year Of” series will begin production in June. In the continuity of the “Bump” universe, he explores the time between childhood and adulthood for kids and the renegotiations with the adults he trains. Roadshow Rough Diamond’s Dan and John Edwards work alongside writing staff Jessica Tuckwell, Kelsey Munro, Enoch Mailangi, Emily Havea, Zoe Norton Lodge, Eddie Diamandi, Ayeesha Ash and Eleanor Kirk. ITV Studios handles international sales.
From a screenplay, with dialogue entirely gibberish, by Jackie van Beek, “Nude Tuesday” is structured as a New Zealand-Australian co-production. The production is handled by Emma Slade for Firefly Films and Virginia Whitwell and Nick Batzias for GoodThing Productions. Madman Entertainment handles theatrical distribution in Australia and New Zealand, while Cornerstone handles international sales.