News 30.04.19

ITV STUDIOS SET TO BRING AUSTRALIA’S SEACHANGE REBOOT TO INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES



One of Australia’s most beloved productions SeaChange has been rebooted by ITV Studios and will be rolled out to international audiences later this year through ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

SeaChange was a hugely popular Australian drama series that ran for 39 episodes from 1998 to 2000. It was created by Andrew Knight and Deborah Cox and starred Sigrid Thornton (Wentworth, Man from Snowy River) and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Top of the Lake).

Set 20 years on from the original series, SeaChange sees Thornton’s Laura Gibson return to Pearl Bay to attend the birth of her estranged daughter’s baby. Rising sea levels, community cover-ups and some very stormy weather conspire to convince her this town now needs her as much as she needs it.

David Mott, CEO, ITV Studios Australia, said, “What a show to commence with as we diversify our business – the revisiting of Australia’s most treasured series, SeaChange. We are excited to be working with Every Cloud Productions and Sigrid Thornton in her reprisal of the lead role to showcase Pearl Bay to the world!”

Andy Ryan, Nine’s co-Head of Drama, said, “Two decades after SeaChange first put Pearl Bay on the map, Australia’s favourite fictional town is still the perfect destination to embrace love, family and a whole new perspective on life.”

SeaChange will be filmed in the Northern NSW coastal town of Brunswick Heads and feature a range of Northern Rivers locations. The series received support from Create NSW through its Made in NSW TV Drama funding and Regional Filming Fund and is set to create nearly 300 jobs and development opportunities and bring a spend of over $9 million to the State. 

Every Cloud Productions’ co-founders Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger added, “Bringing SeaChange to the Northern Rivers region will build on our decade-long partnership with Screenworks and the talented local industry practitioners in the area, and transport AU audiences into its spectacular coastal locations.”

Production credit: SeaChange is an Every Cloud Productions and ITV Studios Australia production for the Nine Network. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the Nine Network. Financed with support from Create NSW.