Screen Australia is channeling US$3.8 million in funding into eight new projects, bolstering its team with two investment and development managers to oversee the effort.
On the kids and family front, feature film 200% Wolf will receive some additional support, as will new seasons of animated series Little K & Big Cuz and live-action dramedy The PM’s Daughter.
200% Wolf is an animated sequel to 2020′s 100% Wolf from Flying Bark Productions. LA’s Viva Pictures distributed the first film in 70 countries, and US AVOD platform Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb TV) picked up the companion animated series 100% Wolf—Legend of the Moonstone (pictured) in August 2021.
The second movie follows pink were-poodle Freddy Lupin as he goes on a mission to save a baby moon spirit from the clutches of a werewolf sorceress.
Alexs Stadermann (director) and Fin Edquist (scriptwriter) will return for the sequel, along with producers Barbara Stephen and Alexia Gates Foale and co-producer Francesca Hope. And Carmen Perez-Marsa (Maya the Bee 3: The Golden Orb) will join the crew as a producer.
Meanwhile, a fourth season of Little J & Big Cuz is currently in production at 12Field Animation and will air on domestic broadcasters NITV and ABC Australia. The story joins kids Little J and Big Cuz as they discover more about their First Nations culture, community and country through wild adventures with their Nanna and Old Dog. Tony Thorne is on board to direct again, along with Ned Lander (Last Cab to Darwin) as producer.
And Fremantle Australia’s live-action miniseries The PM’s Daughter has been renewed for a second season (10 x 24 minutes) by the ABC. Heroine Cat struggles to balance school and home life when she discovers a parental secret that gives rise to a shocking conspiracy.
Kieran Hoyle remains in place as an executive producer, with Tim Powell (Rock Island Mysteries) and Warren Clarke (Mustangs FC) joining the project as producer and executive producer, respectively.
To oversee its new investment and development portfolio as managers, Screen Australia has brought in Kristen Hodges and Andrea Ulbrick. Hodges started last month, and has a background in production and development work at Australia’s Seven West Media and LA-based Elevate Entertainment. Her producing credits include documentary Ticketyboo and drama Mother Mountain.
Ulbrick will start at the agency on May 30, transitioning from her current role as a screen investment manager at Screen NSW, where she managed projects such as The Stranger, Mystery Road and Girls Can’t Surf. She is a former commissioning editor at ABC Factual, and has produced and directed international science and history shows for broadcasters including ABC TV, SBS, CBC and the BBC.