Unbroken authorship is the key to great television drama.
Since 2011, this ideology has been reflected in Scribe, Playmaker’s ongoing showrunner development initiative, which brings together Australia’s most talented drama writers to nurture both their ideas and their producer capability.
Last year, the Scribe initiative evolved from its original local format into an even more exciting and progressive program with the support of Sony Television LA.
Playmaker took two of Australia’s leading screenwriters, Shelley Birse (The Code) and Glen Dolman (Hawke), to LA. There, under the mentorship of prominent U.S. showrunners, Graham Yost (The Americans, Justified) and Carol Mendelsohn (CSI), they developed and refined series concepts for pitching to both local and international broadcasters.
Playmaker will repeat the Scribe LA. model this year, working with another two talented writers to take their writing and their industry experience to the next level.
Since its inception, Scribe has led to the production of four original primetime drama series for Australian networks. Participants have included Drew Proffitt (House Husbands), Matt Ford (Slide, Hiding), Shelley Birse (The Code), and Sarah Lambert (Love Child).