Australian broadcaster Seven has commissioned a local version of the docudrama format The Story of Us, to be made by Essential Media & Entertainment.
The local version of the format, which was originally made by Jane Root’s production company Nutopia for U.S. net History, will air down under in 2014. Using dramatic reconstructions, CGI and interviews, the event program pieces together the story of how Australia was created.
The U.S. version, which was introduced by president Barack Obama, brought in high ratings for History.
Australia is the latest country to pick up the format, following a UK version for BSkyB. Meanwhile, a global version – Mankind The Story of All of Us (pictured above) – has aired in more than 35 territories.
“The world is full of amazing stories about our history,” said Root. “It’s really exciting to be able to bring to life the incredible story of Australia, and we’re looking forward to seeing the format tell the story of other great nations around the world.”
“We’re very excited to be able combine our experience in both drama and historical documentary to take Jane’s proven and popular mega-doc formula to a broad Australian audience,” added Chris Hilton, Essential Media’s CEO and an executive producer of Australia The Story of Us.