Published on 10.08.2011

Scribe Launches In Australia

Playmaker has announced details regarding one of the most exciting new television drama development initiatives in Australia. Scribe, a project to foster and develop writing talent which has been backed by Screen Australia's Enterprise Program. Scribe is a bold new writer-centered program that will deliver Australia a new generation of television drama Show Runners. ‘It’s about smarter, more commercial and better-authored drama content. This initiative brings together some of Australia’s most talented drama writers to nurture both their ideas and their producer capability’ said David Taylor. Scribe will see three leading Australian writers develop drama series concepts together over three years under the mentorship of LA-based Australian Show Runner Shane Brennan. Shane Brennan, Australian screenwriter and producer is currently the Executive Producer of NCIS, plus Creator and Executive Producer of NCIS: Los Angeles, the number one and two scripted series on American television. Brennan is the first Australian writer to ever show run a U.S. network television series. “I’m very excited to be involved in this initiative,” said Brennan. “I’m a great believer in writers being able to develop their material from the page to the screen so that what the audience ends up seeing is their complete vision”. Brennan believes that the Scribe initiative is the first step in persuading Australian Networks that the U.S. showrunning system is a viable way of improving the quality of the series they invest in, which will ultimately make them more marketable internationally. Once a Scribe project goes into production the initiating writer becomes the Creative Producer (Show Runner) for the project and carries their vision through from inception to final delivery. The writer/producer participants in the 2011 Scribe Writing Group are: Matt Ford (Panic at Rock Island, Slide, Satisfaction), Shelly Birse (Lockie Leonard, Love Is A Four Letter Word, Wildside) and Drew Proffitt (Phryne Fisher, Lockie Leonard, Network TEN Script Editor 2000-2005). “We believe a show running system can be a win-win for both Australian writers and broadcasters. Thanks to the support of Screen Australia and with Shane Brennan and a very talented starting group of writers attached, it’s hard not to get excited about what Scribe will create” said David Maher. Fremantle Media Enterprises have recently entered into a multi-year deal with Playmaker and will have first look on all scripted projects, which includes Scribe projects. Source: