SeaChange’s new wave
The Nine Network has commissioned a reboot of the much-loved Australian drama SeaChange. The announcement was made simultaneously at Nine’s Upfront event in Sydney and by ITV Studios at Mipcom in Cannes. The series will pick up the story of the hit series 20 years later as lawyer Laura Gibson (Sigrid Thornton) returns to Pearl Bay, the town where, for 39 episodes between 1998 and 2000, she was searching for her “sea change” from city life. The original series, which aired on the ABC, drew a weekly audience of around 2 million. ITV confirmed a number of the show’s stars, including actors Sigrid Thornton and John Howard, would return for the reboot. Production on the series will begin later this year.
Stars descend on Cannes
With almost 14,000 program sellers and program buyers pushing through its turnstiles, the annual Marche International des Programmes de Communication – better known as Mipcom – is underway in Cannes, France. The four-day event is a key date in the television industry calendar. The market’s opening night world premiere, the Showtime drama Escape at Dannemora, was attended by the project’s director Ben Stiller. (It will air in Australia on Stan.) Other high-profile stars at the market include Victoria star Jenna Coleman, Dominic West and David Oyelowo, Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo, chef Jamie Oliver, HBO star Issa Rae and actor Richard Gere, who is starring in Mother Father Son.
New streaming services Down Under
America’s AMC Networks will launch two new streaming services in Australia and New Zealand later this year. The company made the announcement at Mipcom. The two services, a horror/thriller service Shudder and the company’s art cinema platform Sundance Now, follow the streaming trend of complementing the everything-for-everyone Netflix style services with something-for-someone niche services. Shudder has a library of premium thriller, horror and suspense programming, and Sundance Now will offer original drama, true crime, foreign language cinema and documentary content. AMC Networks has already launched the two platforms in the US, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Germany and Austria.