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ABC commission two new kids drama series Parent Up and The PM’s Daughter.

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ABC and Screen Australia are pleased to announce the commissioning of two exciting new live action series Parent Up and The PM’s Daughter.

Both series will go into production this year and join MaveriX, Itch Season 2 and Hardball Season 2 on ABC ME’s action-packed slate of narrative drama.

ABC Head of Children’s Production Libbie Doherty says

“Strap in for a very exciting ride on ABC ME. We are turning up the heat with big E for Entertainment – new and returning series purpose fit for iview and the streaming landscape. Audiences will be thrilled with the return of much-loved favourites Hardball S2 and Itch S2 and wonderful new comedy series Parent Up and The PM’s Daughter (both working titles).

Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia said,

“We were incredibly impressed by these live-action childrens’ dramas, with clever scripts and distinctly Australian stories that reflect our multicultural society on screen.

Whether it’s delving into the world of leading a country in PM’s Daughter or exploring a mysterious spy underworld in Sydney in Parent Up, these are two fun, high stakes series that I’m sure will entertain and inspire young viewers.”

From Justine Flynn the creator of The Unlisted comes Parent Up, a comedy action series for 8-13 year-olds. Yu Na and Min Park want more excitement in their lives, but they don’t realise just how crazy their lives will become when they discover their once unremarkable parents are actually international spies and have disappeared in suspicious circumstances!

In The PM’s Daughter, a political comedy-drama series co-created by Tristram Baumber, Catalina Parkes Pérez (Cat to her friends) is like any other teenager who wants to fight the powers that be. There’s just one complication: her mother is the Prime Minister of Australia.

Parent Up Production Credit:  An Aquarius Films production in association with Buster Productions for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW and Cutting Edge and financed with support from ABC Commercial.  Directors: Nick Verso, Chase Lee, Hyun Lee, Darlene Johnson, Neil Sharma and Justine Flynn. Producers: Angie Fielder & Polly Staniford. Creator/Executive Producer: Justine Flynn. Series Producer: Naomi Just. ABC Executive Producer: Mary-Ellen Mullane.  International Distributor: ABC Commercial.

The PM’s Daughter Production Credit: A Fremantle Australia production for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW and financed with support from Fremantle International and the ACTF. Directors: Julietta Boscolo, Erin White, Alana Hicks. Producer: Alice Willison. Co-Producer: Kieran Hoyle. Creators: Tristram Baumber, Matthew Allred. Executive Producers: Chris Oliver-Taylor, Tristram Baumber. ABC Executive Producer: Mary-Ellen Mullane.

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