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ABC & Netflix team up for The Legend of Monkey

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Production is underway in New Zealand on the major new live action television series The Legend of Monkey, which will premiere on ABC, TVNZ and on Netflix around the world in 2018.

Inspired by the 16th Century Chinese fable Journey to the West, the 10-part half hour series follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world.

The talented and diverse young cast includes Chai Hansen (Mako Mermaids, The 100) as Monkey, with Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Blue Rose) playing Tripitaka, Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, 7 Days, The Project) playing Pigsy and Emilie Cocquerel (Lion, An Accidental Soldier) playing Sandy.

The series is being filmed at stunning locations in and around Auckland, New Zealand, as well as on spectacular purpose-built sets that bring to life the magical fantasy world our characters inhabit.

The Legend of Monkey is being produced for ABC, TVNZ and Netflix by the Oscar and Emmy-winning production company See-Saw Films together with Jump Film & TV. The series is an official New Zealand/Australian co-production with principal investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW, Fulcrum Media Finance and the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.

Head writer is the acclaimed Jacquelin Perske (Seven Types of Ambiguity, Spirited, Will) with both Craig Irvin (Nowhere Boys) and Samantha Strauss (Dance Academy) providing additional writing services. Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, The Jaquie Brown Diaries) is the lead director and has worked closely with Jacquelin to realise this unique story. Additional episodes are being directed by Craig Irvin.

“The mythical tale of the Monkey King is a story that continues to captivate global audiences,” said Michael Carrington, Head of Children’s at ABC Television. “Our production partner See-Saw Films is bringing The Legend of Monkey to life through incredible locations and sets, an acclaimed production team and an exciting diverse young cast. We can’t wait for fans to see this new series that features the heroes they love and we are just as excited to introduce this reimagined magical and exciting world to a whole new generation of viewers.”

Rachel Gardner, for See-Saw Films said: “Jacquelin has adapted this classic literary work in such a way as to create an original fantasy world that is occupied by charismatic and interesting characters that will entertain all ages. Brought to life by the vision of Gerard, the story and setting will not be like anything we’ve seen before.”

The Legend of Monkey will air on ABC, TVNZ and on Netflix around the world in 2018.

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Poldark Series 3 Premieres Sunday 17 June on ABC

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Australian fans of Poldark can relax and breathe a sigh of relief as the ABC announce the premiere date of the third season will be just one week behind the UK premiere. The series will air Sunday nights from 18 June at 8.30pm.

Following hot on the heels of the second series, the 9 episode third instalment in this epic Cornish drama, brings a host of new characters and worlds into play. 1794: Ross must traverse new family, new love, and new conflicts, as the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall. Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear? Our hero, Ross Poldark tries to rebuild his marriage to Demelza (Elanor Tomlinson), but their fragile peace is disturbed by the arrival of her deeply Methodist brothers Sam (Tom York) and Drake Carne (Harry Richardson).

Adapted from Winston Graham’s novels, Poldark is the brooding drama set in 18th-century Cornwall about Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) who is set on the passionate quest to turn around the fortunes of his late father’s estate. Poldark is filmed on location in Cornwall and the Bristol area and at The Bottle Yard Studios.

Cast: Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner), Demelza Poldark (Eleanor Tomlinson), Elizabeth Warleggan (Heida Reed), George Warleggan (Jack Farthing), Dr Dwight Enys (Luke Norris), Caroline Penvenen (Gabriella Wilde), Prudie Paynter (Beatie Edney), Ray Penvenen (John Nettles), Aunt Agatha (Caroline Blakiston), Morwenna Chynoweth (Ellise Chappell), Drake Carne (Harry Richardson), Sam Carne (Tom York), Geoffrey Charles (Harry Marcus), Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth), Paul Daniels (Ed Browning), Tom Harry (Turlough Convery), Zacky Martin (Tristan Sturrock), Tom Carne (Mark Frost), Rev Dr Halse (Robin Ellis), Harris Pascoe (Richard Hope), Tholly Tregirls (Sean Gilder), Sir Francis Bassett (John Hopkins), Lt. Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse)

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Tidelands (Netflix 2018)

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Netflix’s first Australian production Tidelands follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” said Erik Barmack, the VP of international original series at Netflix. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands—this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews,” said Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show. “The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small-town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.”

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No casting announced as yet

key behind the scenes crew
Stephen M. Irwin as Creator
Tracey Robertson as Creator / Executive Producer
Nathan Mayfield as Executive Producer
Leigh McGrathas Executive Producer

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Currently in production for 2018
10 episodes planned

network and production companies
Netflix – Hoodlum Entertainment

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Easybeats, The (ABC 2017, Christian Byers, Will Rush)

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The Easybeats ABC 2017

Two-part mini-series The Easybeats tells the story of five young newly-arrived immigrants who met in a Sydney migrant hostel in the swinging 1960s and went on to take Australian rock’n’roll to the world.

The Easybeats is a story of identity, re-invention and belonging, touching on themes of celebrity and redemption, with a powerful contemporary relevance and a killer soundtrack. While the members of the band each confronted their own sense of self and the loss of identity in pursuit of their success, they came to understand that though they were all from different countries, the sum of the musical parts was quintessentially Australian.

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Ashley Zukerman as Ted Albert (Australian music industry pioneer and record producer)
Christian Byers as Stevie Wright
Will Rush as George Young
Mackenzie Fearnley as Harry Vanda
Du Toit Bredenkamp as Dick Diamonde
Arthur McBain as Snowy Fleet

key behind the scenes crew
Christopher Lee as Writer
Matthew Saville as Director
David Taylor as Producer
David Maher as Producer
Diane Haddon as Producer
Sally Riley as Executive Producer
Kym Goldsworthy as Executive Producer

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biography, true story, period drama

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In production for broadcast later in 2017

network and production companies
ABC – Playmaker – Screen Australia – Screen NSW

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