A new international political thriller centred around the joint US / Australia joint defence facility, Pine Gap, is to be produced by Screentime for both ABC and Netflix.
The 6 part production, created by showrunner Greg Haddrick and co-writer Felicity Packard, exposes the stress inflicted on nations and individuals when ultimate loyalty is under threat, and true motives endanger the famously strong American / Australian joint military alliance through conflicting interests, personal ideals … and one tragic mistake.
The series will be produced by Lisa Scott and Felicity Packard, and executive produced by Screentime’s Bob Campbell, Rory Callaghan and Greg Haddrick, and ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy.
Filming will take place in South Australia and the Northern Territory in 2018, with pre-production to commence in Adelaide in November.
Haddrick also isn’t expecting any access for filming, with the base to be re-created, including with CGI, in South Australia. Pine Gap follows Glitch as the second primetime co-production for ABC and Netflix. Tipped for a late 2018 debut, it is expected to premiere simultaneously on both platforms, with Netflix enjoying global rights excluding Australia and SVOD rights (including Australia).
“Netflix wanted to make sure that it was clear to an American audience what this place was, and what it did. Most people in America, and indeed (many) in Australia, have no idea that it exists at all,” says Haddrick.
“So it feels like an Australian story for Australians and an American story for Americans.”
Pine Gap is financed by Netflix and ABC, in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Additional financial support is provided by a grant from Screen Territory.
Executive Chairman of Screentime Bob Campbell said, “Screentime is delighted that Netflix and the ABC have come together to commission this production that has been in development by the Screentime drama team for a number of years.”
“Greg Haddrick is a magnificent voice in television in Australia and around the world,” said Elizabeth Bradley, Netflix Vice President of Content. “We can’t wait for Greg to bring Pine Gap‘s story of secrecy and deceit to Netflix members around the world.”
The ABC’s Director of Television David Anderson said: “Pine Gap is shrouded in intrigue for many Australians. It’s the perfect anchor, and a timely subject, for an Australian drama that can resonate both locally and with a global audience. This partnership enables a high-end Australian drama to be produced for all Australians, and for locally produced content to be delivered to an international audience. We look forward to working with all our partners on this new venture.”