Screen Australia launches fund aimed at creating next Breaking Bad or Game Of Thrones

Breaking BadAustralia’s public TV and film funding body Screen Australia has set its sights on creating high quality television content in the vein of Game Of Thrones Or Breaking Bad.

The organisation announced its High-end television development program this afternoon.

It said it will fund the development of five projects a year, to the tune of $40,000 each.

Screen Australia said: “The program aims to assist Australian producers to develop inventive, high-end ideas from concept to series bible and first draft pilot script.”

High end television does not come cheaply. Yesterday at the MIPCOM conference in France, the CEO of Dreamworks Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed he was willing to budget $75m for three more episodes of Breaking Bad.

According to the Screen Australia announcement: “The High-end Television Development Program has been set up in recognition of the unprecedented audience and market growth for high-end television, and the ambitious, authorial and emotionally engaging storytelling that has connected with high-end global audiences, who flocked to shows such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Top of the Lake, House of Cards and The Bridge.”

Projects will need to demonstrate interest from an international broadcaster or major internet streaming company.

The Screen Australia announcement added: “The hope is that the program will identify inventive high-end TV series ideas with an international key market, enabling Australian producers to work in an international broadcasting landscape. It will also be distinguished by projects that tell specific but universal stories, with a creatively ambitious vision and a cinematic sensibility to encourage the cross-fertilisation of the best Australian cinema and TV creative talent.”


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