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Australia’s SBS and NITV order three shortform dramas from emerging producers

The Moonbird creative team: (L-R) director, co-creator and co-writer Nathan Maynard, co-creator and co-writer Adam Thompson and producer Catherine Pettman

Australian public broadcaster SBS and its indigenous channel NITV have commissioned three new shortform original drama series from emerging creatives.

Production is underway on Moni in New South Wales, Moonbird in Tasmania and Warm Props in Western Australia.

The series come via the Digital Originals initiative, a partnership between SBS, NITV and Screen Australia that develops shortform dramas from emerging creatives from groups that are currently under-represented in the sector to premiere on SBS On Demand, SBS Viceland and NITV.

SBS scripted commissioning editor Nakul Legha described the new commissions as “bold and ambitious scripted series that continue to raise the bar for Australian storytelling.”

NITV acting head of indigenous commissioning and production Adam Manovic, added: “Digital Originals provides a unique platform for emerging First Nations creatives to showcase their innovation and share their stories. With incredible talent shining through in this latest announcement of commissions and development projects, we’re excited to see what new stories and voices will come through as applications open for 2024.”

As the Digital Originals initiative enters its fifth year, five projects have also been selected for further development from the 10 shortlisted teams who took part in an exclusive workshop hosted by Screen Australia, SBS and NITV in December 2023. Up to three will later be chosen for production funding and commissioning.

Applications are now open for the fifth year of Digital Originals.

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