Netflix goes back to school for reboot of iconic Aussie series HEARTBREAK HIGH


Netflix has commissioned a reboot of the much-loved Australian young adult series Heartbreak High. 

Inspired by the original ‘90s series, but totally reimagined for a new generation, Heartbreak High will make its global debut on Netflix in 2022.   

Fremantle Australia will produce the eight-episode series for Netflix in Sydney with Dutch production company NewBe, which acquired the rights from Brian Abel, partner of the late Ben Gannon, who created and produced the original.

Developed with the assistance of Screen NSW.

All 210 episodes of the original series of Heartbreak High are streaming now on Netflix.

Que Minh Luu, Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia, said:

“We haven’t had a rebellious Australian YA series on screen since the original Heartbreak High, so this is well overdue. The new Heartbreak High is for young people in Australia today to feel seen – showcasing their stories, senses of humour and aesthetics to the world, and reminding everyone that they are much, much cooler than us. It’s also for the 90s kids, fans of the original series who remember what it’s like to feel understood by a TV show, then racking off. This Netflix show will be ours, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Fremantle Australia Executive Producers Chris Oliver-Taylor (CEO Asia Pacific) and Carly Heaton said:

“We are delighted to work with our partners NewBe and Netflix to bring back such an iconic Australian series and take it global. We cannot wait to bring to Netflix audiences, young and old, a truly brilliant and unashamedly Australian reimagining of Heartbreak High.”

NewBe’s Executive Producers, Jeroen Koopman (founder and CEO) and Tarik Traidia:

“It’s been a thrilling ride from the start; from the first idea of bringing this childhood gem back to the screen to actually acquiring the remake rights from Brian Abel. It’s now up to us to determine how the story continues for the next gen, some 25 years later. We’re beyond excited and proud to have partnered with Fremantle Australia to make this reboot come to life on Netflix, and give young adults the same joy of watching as we had back in the day when we were kids.”

About Fremantle 

Fremantle is one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted content in the world. From Got Talent to My Brilliant Friend, Family Feud to The Young Pope, Idols to American Gods, Wentworth, The Price is Right to Neighbours and The X Factor to Enslaved – we are behind the world’s most-loved and most-watched shows.

About NewBe

NewBe is an independent production company based in Amsterdam, fully focused on creating content for the international VOD market. Aiming at younger audiences (4-35), NewBe has produced successful documentaries, formats, scripted series, and local and international film hits. NewBe is the only Dutch producer with originals on all major national and international streamer platforms.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 195 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected scree or n. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without adverts or commitments.




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