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High-end TV drama gets boost from Screen Australia

Top of hte LakeScreen Australia announced today (10 October) that it is to support the development of internationally driven, high-end TV drama in an inaugural landmark scheme.

With a massive growth in audiences around the world for series with high production values, great screenwriting and international casts such as Top of the Lake and Game of Thrones, the small screen is getting bigger every day. It is helped by the fact that viewers are also getting more and more choice in how and when they watch TV, with companies such as Netflix revolutionising and personalising the way drama is viewed.

The High-end Television Development Program will help Australian producers develop their ideas right through from concept stage to series bible and first draft pilot script. Up to five projects each year will be supported, in two rounds, with a maximum of $40,000 on offer for each project chosen.

Screen Australia head of development Martha Coleman said: “High-end television is responsible for water cooler conversations all over the world, winning its audience with complex, nuanced stories and creative brilliance. We know that Australia has the ideas and the talent to make a global impact through its storytelling, and this fund will assist our producers and writers to rise to the challenge and engage in this space."

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