Why Are You Like This commissioned for full series with Screen Australia and the ABC

As part of the Fresh Blood initiative, Why Are You Like This has been commissioned for a full six-part series, with funding from Screen Australia and the ABC.

The announcement:


Screen Australia and the ABC have today announced production funding for a new six-part comedy series Why Are You Like This.

The project was one of four pilots supported through the Fresh Blood initiative, created to unearth a new generation of comedic talent.

Created and written by Naomi Higgins, Humyara Mahbub and Aunty Donna’s Mark Samual Bonanno, Why Are You Like This follows best friends Mia and Penny as they navigate their 20s in Melbourne, along with Penny’s dramatic and aloof housemate, Austin. Guided by their own modern day moral code, they confront complex social issues in an outrage driven world, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Why Are You Like This explores the grey areas a lot of us are afraid to traverse, in a world determined to see things as black and white.

Creator and star of the pilot, Naomi Higgins said, “We’re so grateful to Screen Australia and ABC’s Fresh Blood program for this opportunity to tell the stories of entitled diverse idiots. This is a dream come true and we can’t wait to make this show!”

The series is a CKOL production and will be directed by Jessie Oldfield and Adam Murfet with Sarah Freeman producing. Niki Aken whose credits include The Hunting for SBS and Janet King for the ABC, is on board as script producer. Jessie Oldfield, Adam Murfet and Amanda Higgs will serve as executive producers. The series will go into production in March 2020.

Online Investment Manager Lee Naimo said, “Why Are You Like This impressed us with its tone and execution. The pilot was witty, topical and a great reflection of issues many young people are navigating in the world today. We’re committed to supporting original and innovative content, and I can’t wait to see this team build on the pilot and take this narrative comedy to series.”

ABC’s Head Of Entertainment and Factual Josie Mason-Campbell, said, “This is a fantastic new show from a new team of incredible young creatives that will surely make waves. We are delighted to be taking Why Are You Like This to series.”

Why Are You Like This will start production in March 2020.

Source: Screen Australia media release


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