German broadcaster ZDF has optioned the rights to the #7DaysLater format created by Ludo Studio’s Daley Pearson, Nick Boshier and Charlie Aspinwall.
Last week the Aussies were in Mainz doing a workshop on the German version of the International Digital Emmy award-winning show with ZDFneo’s TVLab.
The TVLab had four teams of online creators and Germany-based production companies creating an episode of television in a week while interacting with an online audience. The winning team will be determined by the episode that get the most votes.
“The teams were brilliant – really amazing," Pearson tells IF. “They teamed up Germany's coolest online creators with more traditional companies. The winner of the TVLab may end up making a season of #7DaysLater for ZDFneo.”
The German deal was negotiated by the global sales agent, All3 Media International.
Meantime the Ludo Studio team is developing a second season the ABC and a half-hour format of the show for local and international markets.
Billed as the world’s first crowd-sourced TV series, #7DaysLater ran for eight weeks on ABC2. The online audience contributed to the storylines which were performed by YouTube identities and guests such as Corey Feldman (Stand By Me, The Goonies), Collin Mochrie (who’s Line Is It Anyway?), John Jarratt, Jemaine Clement, Megan Washington, Sigrid Thornton and Toby Truslove.
The financiers were Screen Australia’s multi-platform drama fund and ABC TV with development funding from Screen Queensland and Screen NSW.
Last week Ludo Studio’s multiplatform animated web series Doodles won the innovation award at the second annual Online Video Australia Awards.
Two seasons of Doodles, which takes people's drawings via social media and turns them into animated micro-movies featuring a cast of coloured-in characters surrounded by insanity, screened on ABC3.