Australia’s Nine Network and British multichannel operator UKTV’s Eden have teamed on the docuseries Outback Vet from Aussie-based indie Projucer.
The 4 x 60-minute series centers around Rick Fenny and members of his family as they encounter wild and domestic animals on both land and sea in geographically remote and hostile spots in Western Australia.
Fenny and his family previously starred in Desert Vet, a one-hour Channel 7 special that aired in January 2018.
Nine Network has ordered Outback Vet (titled Desert Vet in Australia), with pre-investment from UKTV.
The series marks the latest production deal between the Singapore- and London-based distributor Parade Media and its joint venture production partner Projucer.
The deal was brokered domestically by Projucer’s co-founder Matty Roberts and Nine Network’s Hamish Turner, and in the UK by UKTV’s acquisitions manager, Charlie Charalambous, and Parade Media’s CEO, Matthew Ashcroft.
Parade Media will distribute the series.
Outback Vet will begin shooting in April and is expected to bow in late 2019.
“Untold stories from the Australian Outback have proven to deliver big audiences to networks and streamers around the world, and we are excited to collaborate with Projucer for the Nine Network and UKTV,” said Ashcroft in a statement. “The characters Matty and Josh have discovered are as diverse as their Western Australia backdrop, and we are in for one entertaining and jaw-dropping ride through Australia’s Wild West”
“Ever since we got together with DOP Tim Small to meet Rick Fenny, spend time on the road with him and flesh out his family narrative, it’s been a rollercoaster of exploration; from trying new approaches to actuality, to working with new Aussie talent and discovering stories that really reflect what life is like for animal lovers and owners living in remote areas within Australia’s largest state,” added Matty Roberts, Projucer’s co-founder and executive producer.