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Foxtel, Screentime prep miniseries

Australian pay TV broadcaster Foxtel is to air a six-part miniseries based on the Hancock family mining dynasty, produced by Screentime.

The House of Hancock will explore the life of Lang Hancock, the most powerful mining magnate in Australia, and chronicle the emergence of his daughter Gina Rinehart as one of the richest businesswomen in the world.

Screentime, the Banijay Group-owned prodco behind Australian crime series Underbelly, recently secured rights to the drama’s source material: Adele Ferguson’s bestselling biography of Gina Rinehart.

Screentime is currently developing Miners (3×60’), a documentary that examines workers who fly hundreds of kilometres every two weeks to toil in mines in the Australian Outback, for pubcaster ABC.

Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh said: “Foxtel is committed to building and expanding our commitment to Australian drama and to bringing remarkable Australian stories to life. The House of Hancock is an enticing idea for the screen and captures the life of a truly extraordinary Australian.

“Foxtel and Screentime’s drama creative teams will work closely together over the next few months to explore the full potential of the miniseries.”

The project follows a February commission from Channel 9 for Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder to make a drama based around Rinehart’s bitter legal battle with her own children.

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