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The Bureau of Magical Things has been acquired by Nickelodeon!

October 5, 2018

Fantastic News! Our kids TV series The Bureau of Magical Things has been acquired by Nickelodeon. This means that ‘Bureau’ will now be seen across an additional 170+ countries and territories worldwide!

Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere The Bureau of Magical Things on Monday 8th October 2018 at 8:30pm ET/PT and will continue to premiere new episodes on Mondays-Thursdays at 7:30pm ET/PT!

From the Inside Film article:

“The Bureau of Magical Things introduces a captivating fantasy world while promoting real world concepts like individuality, diversity and acceptance,” said Nickelodeon senior vice president, global acquisitions and content partnerships Layla Lewis.

“We think kids everywhere will find something relatable in these characters’ journeys to finding their true selves, while learning to embrace and accept what makes them different.”

On the sale, Shiff said: “We are thrilled to see The Bureau of Magical Things so strongly supported by Nickelodeon who will introduce it to a global audience. It’s a real delight to bring children all over the world into a story full of surprise and adventure brought to life by an extraordinary cast of magical heroes.”

ZDF Enterprises president and CEO Fred Burckse said: “We are delighted that The Bureau of Magical Things has found its global home with Nickelodeon. Coming from the magical studios of our long term partner Jonathan M. Shiff, the series will capture audiences all over the world and is a perfect complement to Nickelodeon’s portfolio of outstanding children’s programs.”

Can We Save The Reef? wins Eureka Prize for science journalism

August 31, 2018

Just found out that our doco Can We Save the Reef? won the Eurkea Prize for Science Journalism. Congratulations to Adam Geiger and Colette Beaudry of SeaLight Pictures! I’m proud to have played a small part in making this documentary such a success.

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. More info at https://australianmuseum.net.au/eurekaprizes

Vale Ricky Edwards

June 12, 2018

I’ve been trying to post this for a while but until now hadn’t the strength. I think it’s time.

Almost two weeks ago we lost my friend Ricky Edwards. Ricky and I worked together on 3 seasons of Mako Mermaids, James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D, and began working on the upcoming ‘The Bureau of Magical Things’. He was a brilliant man, who burned so brightly with such energy and intensity. Ricky was someone I respected and admired, a man of exceptional talents whom I was often in awe of. I learnt much from him and continue to do so and will be forever grateful to him for asking me to join him in writing for Mako and more. He and I formed a bond that went beyond mere colleagues and I am utterly devastated by his passing. My heart goes out to his beautiful family.

Vale my friend.

Todd Sampson’s Body Hack 2.0 is airing

May 28, 2018

Yes, Todd is at it again. Body Hack 2.0 starts this Thursday at 8:45pm on Network TEN. The theme music for the new series is mine and I’ve contributed a significant amount of the underscore also. Series 2 trailer is below. Tune in!

The Bureau of Magical Things – Coming soon!

May 28, 2018

I’m very excited to share with you all what I’ve been working on for the past many months. The new series from prolific producer Jonathan M Shiff (Mako Mermaids, H20, Lightning Point, The Elephant Princess etc) called The Bureau of Magical Things.

Please watch the trailer for series 1 above. Music by yours truly. The series is set to air on Network Ten locally here in Australia and on ZDF in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with further distribution worldwide. I will update you all when I have airdates and more information.

From the ZDF website:
“This extraordinary original series follows the adventures of teenage girl Kyra who is magically transformed into a Tri-ling when caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy. Now being part human, part fairy and part elf, her new friends Lily (a fairy) and Imogen (an elf) introduce her to their secret world and take her to a magic school headed by Professor Maxwell. Here Kyra learns how to control her newfound magical powers and begins to lead a double life. When Kyra develops powerful unpredictable magic, and the source of her power is revealed, she becomes a valuable weapon and an unexpected threat emerges. These young guardians, humans, fairies and elves must unite to save both their worlds.”

‘Can We Save the Reef’ goes crazy on social media

January 28, 2018

I’ve just been told that the following clip featuring my music from our doco Can We Save The Reef is now one of the most viewed posts on ABC’s Catalyst Facebook page of all time with over 4.4 million views and 23 thousand shares. And counting! This is a massive social media response.

Congrats to Adam Geiger (director) and Colette Beaudry (producer) of SeaLight Pictures for the huge success of the film, and to Screen Australia and ABC TV for getting behind it.

Don’t forget that the entire film (not just the below clip!) is still available to watch on ABC’s iView catchup service.

Can We Save The Reef screens this week

October 1, 2017

One of mine screens this week

Can We Save The Reef? is an ABC documentary screening on the Catalyst program

Can We Save the Reef? is the epic story of Australian and international scientists who are racing to understand our greatest natural wonder, and employing bold new science in an attempt to save it.

Check it out this Tuesday 3rd October at 8:30pm on ABC1. Listen to some of the music score here

The Longest Shot Feature Film

July 15, 2017

Great news. I recently had the honour of co-composing the feature score to The Longest Shot with multiple award-winning composer Burkhard Dallwitz (The Truman Show, Underbelly, The Secret River)

The Longest Shot is a massive Chinese/Australian co-production, shot in Melbourne and Shanghai directed by Xu Shunli and starring Chinese box office star Wang Zhiwen alongside an ensemble of Chinese and International talent including Yu Nan, Zu Yajun, Lee Li-Chun and Kao Kuo-Hsin, along with Sabien Lucciarini, Christopher Downs and Koniukhov Konstantin.

We had the budget to record a live orchestra with a 40 piece string section, plus woodwinds, brass and harp and managed to do some really interesting things with orchestration thanks to the hugely talented Erkki Veltheim who made sense of our mockups. The score was mixed in 5.1 surround by Christian Scallan and it sounds great. Hopefully we’ll get a soundtrack release down the track.

Here are some pics from the recording session. Burkhard is at the back, Christian at the desk and Erkki at the side

Conviction re-screened this week

April 30, 2017

For anyone who missed it first time around, our documentary on the dedicated homicide detectives who brought Jill Meagher’s killer to justice is getting re-screened by the ABC this Tuesday at 8:30pm. It’s being repeated in light of our Logie win for Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program last week.

Logie nominations for Conviction and Todd Sampson’s Body Hack

March 29, 2017

Well, the 2017 Logie nominations are out and we just scored nominations for our ABC Documentary Conviction, and our Network Ten series Todd Sampson’s Body Hack

Both Conviction and Body Hack were nominated in the the peer voted category ‘Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program’, and Body Hack was also nominated for ‘Best Factual Program’. Congrats to all involved in both productions, particularly the Director / Producer of Conviction Terry Carlyon, and Chris Thorburn, series producer of Body Hack!

Short film for Firass Dirani

February 25, 2017

Hey guys. I’ve recently completed the score for a short film for this guy…
It’s called “Bang! Bang!”. It has amazing fight scenes and is funny as hell. Can’t wait for you to see it.