ABC announces $14m kids show, Resistance

ABC Children’s TV announced its biggest budget children’s live action series at $14m would take up residency at the South Australia Film Corporation’s new Adelaide Studios, opened today.

Resistance, a co-production between Australia’s Persistence Productions and Canada’s Shaftesbury Films, the 26×30 minute series will screen on ABC3 in Australia and YTV in Canada in late 2012. Shooting will begin in September 2011, for 23 weeks.

Resistance is the story of the fate of humankind in the hands of a small group of brilliant teenage resistance fighters. Armed with technology, beyond the cutting edge, and trained by mysterious young billionaire, they’re our last line of defence against an alien invasion.

Produced by Andrew Dillon and Lesley Parker, it is executive produced by Gary Kurtz who has Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back among his producing credits.

Kim Dalton, Director of ABC TV said in a statement, “Resistance will add to our already strong line up of live-action children’s dramas series such as Dance Academy, My Place and Dead Gorgeous.”

“This will make Resistance not only an important and historic landmark for both ABC TV and South Australia but also for children’s television production in Australia. ABC TV is thrilled to be bringing this major children’s television series to Adelaide, especially as it will be the first production to be filmed in the stunning new facilities here.”

Adelaide Studios CEO Richard Harris told Encore, it was the exact kind of production the studios were looking to attract.

Resistance is one of 21 children’s productions on the 2011 slate for the ABC. It will employ over 450 cast and crew in addition to involving around 500 ancillary services and businesses such as accommodation, transport, sets, and wardrobe.


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