Recently launched distributor Abacus Media Rights (AMR), a member of the Amcomri Media Group, announced the acquisition of a brand new three-part unscripted series Outback Lockdown from Essential Media Group, with delivery expected in June 2020.

AMR’s Managing Director Jonathan Ford coordinated and facilitated the funding for the production of the 3 x one-hour series through his long-standing relationship with prominent media investment company Head Gear Films.

Outback Lockdown follows Ky Furneaux, the world’s greatest stuntwoman, star of Naked and Afraid and someone who can survive anywhere, and Calem O’Grady, a British chef who cooks at the great restaurants of Europe. Their whirlwind romance saw them make it to Australia just before the Coronavirus crisis hit. Now they are living together, off-grid in an old stone hut on 46 thousand acres of Australian Outback. They have to forage for food, hunt goats for dinner and it’s all served up Cordon Bleu by Calem. It’s a love story… self-reliant, romantic, and rugged, but it’s also about a life of challenge and chance.

Jonathan Ford comments: “When Essential came to us with this fantastic project we knew it was a special series and a meaningful one that needed to be made. With Essential’s great credentials and a fantastically relevant and engaging premise, it also appealed to Head Gear and we are delighted with the result. We look forward to releasing the series to our international clients next month and believe there will be a lot of interest in a series that reveals how some have tried to stay alive and survive in 2020.”

Brendan Dahill, General Manager of Essential Media, says, “We have been working closely with Ky for some time now and as soon as she told us that she was planning to see out the pandemic in the Outback we were on board. COVID has turned the world upside down – but Outback Lockdown offers the audience both escapism and optimism. It’s a survival story and a love story – set against the backdrop of one of the harshest and most remote places on Earth.”