Screen Producers Australia and SBS Announce Kickstart Program for Ones To Watch 2015

By July 30, 2015 Industry News

Announced this week, in partnership with SBS, the launch of the 2015 TV pitching competition Kickstart, available exclusively to this year’s participants in our Ones To Watch mentoring program.

The Ones To Watch Kickstart pitching competition provides the winner with a budget up to $300,000 to develop their original TV series concept to be aired on SBS 2. The competition, based on the concept originally supported by SBS owned and operated STUDIO Channel, has seen winners develop successful series’ such as Lisa Shaunessy’s Hipsters which received high ratings and positive reviews when it premiered on SBS 2 in May 2015.

“We’re delighted that SBS continues to show their support for the industry and nurture emerging talent through our Ones To Watch program,” said our CEO, Matthew Deaner. “This is a unique opportunity for our creative talent in Australia and in particular, those emerging producers selected and being mentored by experienced and highly regarded producers through Ones To Watch.”

Matthew added “We look forward to seeing the outcomes from Ones To Watch that result from this level of support by industry and from SBS’s role in bringing Australian stories to the screen to reflect our diverse culture.”

“SBS is delighted to continue working alongside Screen Producers Australia to offer emerging producers an exceptional opportunity through the Kickstart initiative,” said Marshall Heald, Director TV & Online Content, SBS. “Lisa Shaunessy’s program Hipsters was fresh, fun and perfectly tailored for SBS 2, premiering to critical acclaim. We look forward to nurturing and mentoring the next wave of emerging Australian producers participating in Ones To Watch”.

The winner of Kickstart will be announced at the 15th annual Screen Producers Australia Awards on Thursday, 19 November 2015 at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.