Oz feevee buys brothel drama skein

Showtime finds 'Satisfaction' in series

SYDNEY — Oz’s Hollywood-backed feevee movie web Showtime has begun work on a one-hour drama series set in a brothel, with the working title “Satisfaction.”

Channel has commissioned 10 episodes from writer-producer Roger Simpson, previously of production company Simpson Le Mesurier.

Skein will go into pre-production this year for a 2007 bow and will be exec produced by Kim Vecera.

Simpson praised Aussie feevee for the chances it has taken on local drama, with series such as “Love My Way,” at a time when the genre has been getting a poor run on free-to-air networks.

“Showtime has given me an opportunity to develop a drama I didn’t think was possible in this country,” Simpson said on Wednesday. “For television writers everywhere, HBO has become the standard. The chance to have our own HBO with Showtime in Australia is the most exciting development in Australian TV drama since I’ve been in the business.”

Showtime is a joint venture between Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, NBC Universal and Liberty Global Intl.

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