LA-based Australian showrunner returns for showrunner intiative

Hollywood-based, Australian writer and executive producer of the NCIS franchise Shane Brennan will return to Australia to continue his involvement in Playmakers’ Scribe Showrunner Initiative.

The announcement:

Australian screenwriter and producer Shane Brennan is back in Australia to continue his involvement in Playmakers’ Scribe Showrunner Initiative for 2012.

Scribe was launched in 2011 with the support of Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program.

Inaugural participants Matt Ford (Panic at Rock Island, Slide) and Shelly Birse (Lockie Leonard, Wildside) are both currently in broadcaster funded development on their own Scribe projects.

Another Scribe success story is the newly announced Nine Network series, House Husbands, co-created by Drew Proffitt and Ellie Beaumont.

House Husbands is a 10 part drama series about four Australian families with one thing in common: the men are in charge of raising the kids.

Filming commenced in Melbourne this week.

In the next few weeks, Shane Brennan will mentor three of the 2012 participants: Blake Ayshford (Love My Way, The Straits), Sarah Lambert (Love My Way, Dance Academy) and Giula Sandler (McLeod’s Daughters, Rescue: Special Ops).

Brennan believes that Scribe has the potential to be a game-changing initiative for the industry and is proud to be associated.

“I’m very excited to see the first project developed under Scribe go into production and I applaud the Nine Network for supporting the initiative. I look forward to working with other writers in the months ahead to develop their showrunning skills. Australian television drama can only benefit from having the writers who create the vision follow it through to production and beyond.” Said Shane Brennan With his formidable track record as a screenwriter and producer, and showrunning experience on two of the US’s most successful television shows, NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, Shane is able to share some valuable insights with Scribe’s current crop of writers.

“The team at Playmaker Media is to be congratulated for establishing such a forward-thinking program as Scribe, which, for the first time in Australia, sets out to develop distinctive television projects through a Show Runner system,” said Ruth Harley, CEO Screen Australia “Year one of the three-year program produced very encouraging results and I’m delighted that a second group of writers has been selected for 2012 and that they too will benefit from the enormous experience and wisdom of the Scribe mentor, Shane Brennan.”

We want to produce higher quality Australian drama at Playmaker and a single creator driven vision carried throughout all aspects of the process just feels like the best approach. Projects in development emerging in this second year of Scribe are quite inspired and already attracting interest, so watch this space.’ Said David Taylor, Playmaker

Source: XX

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