Two mini-series and one telemovie have been approved for funding in the second round of the Commercial Television Production Fund, the Chair of the panel which manages the Fund, Sue Milliken, announced today. The first round was announced in January.
The successful projects in the second round are:
Whipping Boy - A thriller telemovie based on the novel by Gabrielle Lord. Produced by JNP Films for Network Ten. Producers are Ray Alchin and James Davern, director is Di Drew and writer is Peter Yeldham.
Kangaroo Palace - A four-hour mini-series about four young Australians who set off on a journey of discovery to London in the swinging Sixties. Produced by Artist Services for the Seven Network. Producer is Ewan Burnett, director is Robert Marchand and writers are Andrew Knight and Deborah Cox.
Blood Ties - A four-hour mini-series about a crime in the past and a beautiful woman who seeks revenge on a rich, powerful and corrupt family. Produced by Hal McElroy - Southern Star for Network Ten. Executive Producer is Hal McElroy and writer is Tony Morphett.
"The Fund has now committed to four telemovies, two mini-series and one series. This represents 22 hours of new drama and approximately $22 million worth of production for the local industry," said Chief Executive of the Commercial Television Production Fund, Chris Fitchett.
The Australian Film Commission is responsible for administration of the Commercial Television Production Fund, which assists the production of high quality Australian drama, children's drama and documentary programs to be screened on commercial television.
Advertisements have been placed seeking projects for selection of a children's telemovie or feature film to be financed from the children's allocation of the Fund. A decision will be made following the closing date of March 1.