Screen Australia has announced that it will launch a landmark programme to support the development of internationally driven high-end television drama before the end of the year. The first of its kind to be launched by Screen Australia, the programme aims to assist Australian producers to develop inventive, high-end ideas from concept to series bible and first draft pilot script. 

The High-end Television Development Program has been set up in recognition of the unprecedented audience and market growth for high-end television, and the ambitious, authorial and emotionally engaging storytelling that has connected with high-end global audiences, who flocked to shows such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Top of the Lake, House of Cards and The Bridge.

Projects will be selected following a creative assessment but must be supported by a formal letter of interest from a major international broadcaster or major internet streaming company. Involvement of an Australian broadcaster is not a requirement for this programme.