Call out to writers for Blue Sky initiative

FremantleMedia Australia is inviting writers and other creatives to pitch ideas for an innovative international story development initiative dubbed Blue Sky.

Jointly funded by Screen Australia’s new enterprise industry program and FMA, the scheme aims to create four high-end drama concepts for international broadcasters and VOD platforms.

In the first round, the two successful applicants will undertake a 5-day development workshop with an international script mentor, yet to be named, and receive consultation and guidance from FMA drama executives and the mentor.

Projects will be developed to a bible and then first draft script stage, ready for commissioning. Where projects are led by a director or a creative producer FMA will work with the creator to attach a writer to the project.

Successful applicants will be further rewarded with financial and creative participation in any successful project. 

In addition to the four people selected for each of two rounds, there will be opportunities for others to be involved in the development stages and to participate in a master class with one of the mentors.

FMA director of drama Jo Porter said: “This is the most innovative and ambitious development model ever undertaken in Australia. We will partner with local writers to take Australian-led stories to the international stage.”

FMA will provide flights and accommodation to successful applicants who are not based in NSW.

To submit a project for consideration, visit the FMA website to download a copy of the application form:

Completed application forms plus CVs should be emailed by 9am Monday May 4 to

For application enquiries contact Shay Spencer – email:
Phone: 02 9434 0725