Started in 2013, this joint ABC and Screen Australia initiative was created to kick-start the careers of young comedy writers, directors and performers. The first season saw 25 creative teams deliver more than 70 short form sketches for iview. Those sketches racked up more than 900,000 views. After the success of the sketches, the 25 teams involved were asked to submit ideas for half-hour pilots.
From the submissions, 5 teams were selected and their Fresh Blood pilots will premiere on iview with the best pilot to win a series commission for 2017.
Fresh Blood Pilot Season gives a bunch of super talented individuals a platform to take their ideas and skills to the next level.
Fresh Blood aims to fund up to twenty individuals and teams to make short comedy content, and have it promoted and broadcast under the Fresh Blood brand.
The winning applications will be supported to make three comedy sketches of 3-5- minutes duration each, in any genre of comedy but designed to appeal to younger audiences (16-39 years). They may be character-driven, animated, or feature sock puppets, etc., but most important are the fresh ideas, strong comedy, and talented teams.
Once all the sketches are complete, ABC TV and Screen Australia will select up to four of the individuals/teams to make a longer TV pilot of between 15-27 minutes in length.
The sketches and pilots are intended to premiere in Australia on iview and may also run on an ABC broadcast channel.
For more information (source) see >>> ABC and Screen Australia’s Fresh Blood
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