05 Apr 2011
The State Government through ScreenWest has provided $600,000 to support ‘Mal.com’, a new children’s situation comedy television series aimed at 10-14 year-olds, which will begin filming in the ABC Perth Studios on Monday.
The series is comprised of 13 15-minute episodes and was developed and produced through West Coast Kids, a special initiative of ScreenWest, ABC TV and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF).
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day visited the set today with Kim Dalton, Director of Television, ABC and Janet Holmes à Court, chair ACTF.
“‘Mal.com’ is a Western Australian production, starring four young Perth actors, and all of the crew and some of the key creative people behind the series are from our State,” Mr Day said.
“As well as this good use of home-grown talent, a key aim of the initiative was to provide opportunities for emerging WA writers.
“This resulted in local writers Dan Osborn and Vincenzo Perrella writing episode two as well as contributing to the other episodes.”
‘Mal.Com’ is produced by Susie Campbell, Animazing Productions. The series features Ruby Hall (‘The Sleepover Club 2’) as teenage ‘daughter’ Daisy, Luke Ledger as teenage ‘son’ Jake, George Ashford as pizza delivery guy Chas, and Gwy McKenna as The Kid.
The adult cast is led by Geoff Paine (‘Neighbours’, ‘The Games’, ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘City Homicide’, ‘Very Small Business’) and Danielle Carter (‘City Homicide’,‘Underbelly’, ‘All Saints’, ‘Stingers’).
‘Mal.com’ follows three kids off the street - teenagers Daisy and Jake and the mysterious kid - who stumble on television’s biggest secret. Malcom Mann, TV3’s most popular celebrity host, is a robot. Holly, Malcom’s ruthless producer, strikes a deal with the kids to keep quiet and so an offbeat family is born.
‘Mal.com’ will be broadcast nationally on children’s digital channel ABC3.