SBS calls on producers to pitch for TV show with $300,000 budget

29 July, 2015 by IF

Emerging producers are being given the chance to pitch a TV show to SBS and Screen Producers Australia for a $300,000 budget.

Screen Producers Australia and SBS have launched Kickstart 2015, available exclusively to this year’s participants in Ones To Watch.


Ones to Watch is a mentoring program run by Screen Producers Australia. 

The competition was launched by SBS director, TV and online content, Marshall Heald at a Breakfast Briefing hosted by Screen Producers Australia at Fox Studios in Sydney.

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 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 earlier this year.

Screen Producer Australia chief executive, Matthew Deaner, said he was delighted that SBS continued to show their support for the industry.

“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.”

"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


Heald said SBS was delighted to work alongside Screen Producers Australia to offer emerging producers an exceptional opportunity through the Kickstart initiative.

“Lisa Shaunessy’s program Hipsters was fresh, fun and perfectly tailored for SBS 2, premiering to critical acclaim," he said. 

"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, November 19 at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.