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MIPCOM Picks ’15: Graceland Happiness Project

A road trip fulfills a lifelong dream and also brings into focus the nature of happiness, and the importance of friendship.
September 1, 2015

Partners: Produced by Princess Pictures and the Australian Broadcast Corporation for ABC (Australia); distributed by ABC Commercial
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Premiering: 2015
Rights available: All rights, worldwide

Originally produced as a 10-part webseries by comedy prodco Princess Pictures, this project follows two contestants of Australia’s 2013 season of Big Brother – winner Tim Dormer and Ben Zabel – as they embark on a journey that will see them visiting Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate. While the road trip will fulfill a lifelong dream for Zabel, who suffers from depression, it will also bring into focus for both men the nature of happiness, and the importance of friendship. Courtesy of the friends’ radically different personalities, expect some laughs along the way.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty