ITV Studios Australia is partnering with UK production company The Garden (24 Hours in Police Custody, 24 Hours in A&E) to develop several fixed rig programmes, with a view to going in to production in 2017.
The Garden’s format Keeping the Nation Alive has been made in nine countries including: Finland, Denmark, France, and as Keeping Australia Alive for ABC.
Fixed rig shows allow for observational cameras to capture footage remotely and with minimal intrusion. On occasion, they have raised discussion about limited consent of their subjects, but not universally.
David Mott, CEO, ITV Studios Australia, said: “The Garden’s reputation precedes them as Nick and Magnus essentially pioneered the rig show, for which there is now a considerable demand. The current Australian market is primed for such a show and this partnership will make us market leaders in a whole new genre here.”
Nick Curwin, co-CEO of The Garden, said: “Tapping into the international opportunities within the ITVS family is a great opportunity, and this creative partnership is the natural next step for us after the success of Keeping Australia Alive on the ABC. Our colleagues at ITV Studios Australia are fantastic partners and we’re looking forward to being up and running on our next commission for the Australian market very soon.”
Fellow co-CEO, Magnus Temple, added: “The fixed-rig makes it possible to show multiple stories, in fascinating detail – shining a light on the tiny details which reveal so much. Our experience shows us that this type of story-telling is universal and we are looking forward to working with David and his team on uncovering opportunities to tell the everyday but extraordinary stories from across Australia.”
ITV Studios Australia is behind such titles as I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Voice, The Chase and Seven recently announced Hell’s Kitchen with Marco Pierre White fronting the show.