The Monkeys and Jungle join forces on new TV show for Stan

Sydney agency The Monkeys, which has had a successful run producing stand-alone TV shows, is heading back into production in a collaboration with Jungle to produce a new comedy series for Stan.


The Monkeys and Jungle have started work on The Merchants of Misery, a self-described “dark comedy” about celebrity in the modern world.

With a track record of success, having created the hit :30-Seconds, which debuted on Foxtel before finding a second life on the ABC, and My Family Feast for the SBS, the agency is working with the production company on the dedicated SVOD show which is expected to debut next year.

Jungle built a track record by developing the show No Activity for Stan, which earlier this year, became the first dedicated SVOD show to be nominated for a Logie with three nominations.

Trent O’Donnell, creator of No Activity, will be the series director and a writer and will be joined on the production team by co-writer Bryce Corbett with The Monkey’s co-founder and chief creative officer also a contributing writer and an executive producer.


Burrows: “We’ve been looking for a television series to work on together for a while”

Jason Burrows, managing director and executive producer at Jungle, said the company had been looking for ways to collaborate with The Monkeys.

“We’ve been looking for a television series to work on together for a while now so it’s brilliant to have something in development,” Burrows said.

“Obviously the guys have great ideas but they are also great collaborators so are a total pleasure to work with.”

Stan’s chief content officer, Nick Forward, said the platform was working to deliver content that matched the best in the world.

“The ambition for Stan Originals was to make Australian content, but world-class Australian content,” Forward said.

“Stan wants to have original productions that stand up to the same quality of its other big content deals, including AMC’s better Call Saul and the Showtime output deal.”


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