Fox’s world flyer

Unit ramps up projects in U.K. and Canada

SYDNEY — Fox World Australia is really embracing the “world” in its moniker.

The Sydney-based production unit is prepping a sitcom commissioned by the BBC, is involved in a drama series being shot in Canada as well as developing other projects for international broadcasters.

All that on top of a steady stream of diverse programming for its home market.

The BBC sitcom is “Supernova,” created by FWA staff writer Harry Cripps, which centers on five crackpot Brit astronomers working in the outback.

Lensing of six half-hour eps for BBC2 will begin early next year, co-produced with British producer Beryl Vertue’s Hartswood Films. It will air in Oz on pay channel UKTV.

“It’s an unprecedented commission — an original, Australian-scripted TV comedy series greenlit by the BBC,” says FWA exec producer David Maher. “As a small, Australian-based producer, it’s vital to get international interest.”

Maher and head of production David Taylor have been at the unit’s helm for 18 months since David Martin, former TV head of Fox Australia, moved to L.A. as exec VP of Fox Alternative Prods.

The duo wrote the bible for “Bang,” an 80-episode drama filming in Toronto for the Rogers-owned cable channel Omni. They’re consultant producers to the producers, Protocol Entertainment.

“Bang” was inspired by “Crash Palace,” a raunchy show set in a backpackers hostel in Sydney, which FWA made in 2002 for Brit satcaster BSkyB, Oz feevee channel Fox 8 and Fox outlets in Japan, Spain and Latin America.

FWA is teaming with Brit producer Red to develop “Tamarama,” a 13-part one-hour drama set in the Sydney beach town of that name. Created by Aussie Jimmy Thompson, it’s about expat Brits Down Under.

FWA has the rights to U.S. reality-meister Ben Silverman’s “30 Days,” the show inspired by the pic “Super Size Me,” and will shop it to Oz networks after a pilot is completed in September.

The banner has produced “Surprise Wedding,” a two-hour special for Seven, which mixes brides and unsuspecting grooms, and is in post on a reality series, title under wraps, for the same web.

FWA and Fox Production Services have handled production chores on Bruce Nash’s TBS skein “Outback Jack” and “The Junction Boys,” an ESPN telepic that featured Tom Berenger.

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