ABC and Screen Australia announce $1.5m digital initiative for scripted content

Both ABC and Screen Australia have announced that they will be joining forces to create Long Story Short, a national, digital-first scripted series initiative in developing that will oversee the production of five major projects.

These projects will premiere on ABC iview and will see creative teams sharing great ideas for scripted projects across the contemporary drama, narrative comedy and science fiction genres.

The five projects chosen will receive up to $300, 000 in funding, plus industry support.

ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott said: “As the national broadcaster we are committed to delivering content for all Australians and in particular scripted content is vital for telling our distinct and diverse Australian stories.”

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said: “Screen Australia is proud to partner with the ABC on Long Story Short. We have seen incredible talent come through our digital and multiplatform initiatives, and Long Story Short will provide new tools and invaluable industry development for creative teams who are creating content for younger audiences.”

“We are looking forward to seeing what the teams come up with”, he said.

For more information and to apply, visit: www.screenaustralia.gov.au/