Singapore production shingle Theatre Red has boarded Canadian-Australian co-produced kids’ sci-fi series “Stormworld.”
The 26-part, live-action skein about two Canadian boys who are transported into a parallel universe will be co-produced by Vancouver-based Brightlight Pictures and Australia’s Great Western Entertainment under its Wikkid.tv brand.
Directors are Mark DeFriest and Edward McQueen-Mason. Principal photography begins early next year in Perth, the Kimberley coast in Northwest Australia, Vancouver and Singapore.
Theatre Red brings with it public sector coin from Singapore’s Media Development Authority and adds to financing from Western Australia state media promo body Screenwest and Lotterywest, as well as Oz federal coin from the Film Finance Corp. of Australia. Singapore has co-production agreements with Canada and recently signed one with Oz (Variety Asia, Sept. 11). Series budget is pegged at A$10 million ($8.93 million).
Show will play on Australia’s Nine Network, Oz’s ABC, Disney Channel Australia and Canada’s CTV (Space Channel). Sales in international territories will be handled by Monaco-based Daro, which has already confirmed pre-sales to broadcasters in Ireland, Romania and Hungary.
Separately, Theatre Red and GWE have begun development on drama series “Tyger, Tiger” and are in discussions concerning co-production of a docu series about civil aviation.