Smiling Friends Inc. is a small company whose main purpose is to bring happiness and make people smile. The series follows the day-to-day lives and misadventures of its representatives, the lazy, cynical Charlie, and the cheerful, optimistic Pim, as they try to cheer up and comfort the troubled people who call their company’s hotline. They receive seemingly simple requests but the jobs turn out to be more complicated than they seem, making it difficult to bring happiness to the world.
At the edge of an old orchard, on the grounds of an exclusive private girls’ school, a teenage boy is found dead. Was it murder, suicide, or something else?
Disaffected police detective and struggling single parent, Adam Durwood, is assigned to investigate, but the closer he looks the more the facts don’t add up. At the centre of the mystery are three beguiling and manipulative teenagers who seem to know much more than they should, and are slowly drawing Adam into a web he can’t see….
Blending crime drama and supernatural mystery, The Orchard, staring Eric Bana, is a ground-breaking Audible Original series immersing audiences in a haunting tale of memory, myth and unnatural forces.
Laura Waters founded Princess Pictures in 2003 driven by a vision to support creative ideas, pushing audiences to see the world in new ways.
Born in the US, she studied at Boston University and produced current affairs and documentary television in London and LA. She’s produced all five of Chris Lilley’s ABC/HBO/BBC comedy series, We Can Be Heroes, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah From Tonga, as well as Chris’s most recent series, Lunatics for Netflix.
Laura has overseen the production of a range of groundbreaking series with recent productions including: ABC ME’s ‘vlogumentary’ series My Year 7 Life and My Year 12 Life; the award-winning documentary, The Graceland Happiness Project; Foxtel’s sketch comedy show Open Slather; landmark series from John Clarke, Sporting Nation and The Sounds of Aus; John Safran’s look at cross-cultural love, Race Relations and his documentary on the 2016 Australian vote The Goddam Election!; Peter Helliar’s acclaimed comedy anthology It’s a Date and feature film I Love You Too; Australia’s first Aboriginal sitcom, 8MMM; and Outland, a comedy series about gay science fiction fans. Currently she is delivering a unique comedy/documentary/musical series to the ABC written by Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor from The Chaser and developing as many mind-boggling things as she can handle.
Recently Princess partnered with the acclaimed animation company Bento Box to not only produce original Australian adult animation, but also establish a studio based in Melbourne. Currently Princess Bento is in production on several animated series, including Yolo and Smiling Friends for Adult Swim, and Koala Man for Hulu.
Laura has won two TV Logie awards, one AFI award, the NYC Webfest and been nominated for dozens of international television awards for various Princess Pictures productions.
Ross Noble and Professor Shania Coddle join forces to host The Unnatural History Show, a nature-watch series with a fantastical twist. The series documents a truly once-in-a-lifetime spectacle; the magical hatching of the elusive and deadly Ferrototo Worm. Nature is all around us. It’s above our heads and it’s below our feet. It’s crawling around in our body hair and requires special shampoo to be destroyed. Mother Nature can be found hiding around every corner and in every crevice, just waiting to be discovered… LET’S FIND THAT MOTHER!
Emma Fitzsimons has been working in the film and television industry for 17 years as an executive producer and lawyer. She is a partner at Princess Pictures and works across its entire slate as Managing Director.
She has executive produced the landmark unscripted series My Year 12 Life and My Year 7 Life as well as a number of scripted projects including Yolo Crystal Fantasy, The Divorce, Superwog S1 & S2, How to Stay Married S1, S2 & S3, The Slot and the Emmy Award nominated Wrong Kind of Black. Having previously worked for UK broadcaster Channel 4, global production company ITV/Granada and children’s TV production and distribution specialists, the ACTF, Emma is experienced in all aspects of content development and financing.
SUPERWOG are Australia’s best- known and best-loved culturally diverse comedy duo. In late 2018 they released their first 7-episode half-hour comedy series, which quickly became the most watched scripted TV half-hour comedy in Australia that year.
The much-anticipated second season of SUPERWOG picks up where the first season left off, following teenage outsiders, Superwog and Johnny, who must overcome the adversity that stems from their ethnic heritage in a bid to stand out while still fitting in.
Superwog and Johnny are codependent best friends, struggling to make the leap from adolescence to young adulthood. The boys spend their time watching porn, fighting with their parents, and obsessively chasing chicks with little to no success. Their distorted views of the world, risky judgements and dubious decision-making skills often lead them to trouble, with mayhem inevitably following as the pair strive to fit in and gain social standing in a predominately ‘Aussie’ society.
Off the back of their hit ABC TV / #1 YouTube trending first season, the second season dives further into Superwog’s world and volatile family unit, exploring themes like father and son rivalry, the pursuit of women, friendship and loyalty, family relationships, cultural comparison, and social status, all interwoven with stories from familiar characters from their highly successful YouTube videos.
Mike worked at Screen Australia since it was founded in 2008 and before that with predecessor agency the Australian Film Commission since 2005. In his role as Investment Manager at the Federal Government’s key screen agency, Mike managed many award-winning projects including online content, TV series, feature films, apps, interactive drama & documentary, and video games, and conceived and ran many initiatives, conferences, and training opportunities.
Mike had special responsibility for innovative digital production, exploring new platforms, finance, and revenue models. Amongst several special programs, Mike initiated and managed SKIP AHEAD with Google/YouTube to support content creators to grow online subscribers, and FRESH BLOOD with ABC TV/iview to find the next wave of comedy filmmaking talent. Prior to joining the agency, Mike held positions with the UK Film Council and the South Australian Film Corporation, and worked with production companies Picture Palace North (UK) and Monkeystack.
Mike’s commitment to unique and remarkable talent, coupled with his creative judgement and enviable knowledge of current trends in international production make him an invaluable asset at Princess Pictures.
HOW TO STAY MARRIED is an eight-part comedy series about staying together when romance has made way for routine and the ever-changing nature of family life continually throws curve balls into the mix. It’s a refreshing and heart-warming look at the problems that can befall even the best marriage, blending the daily challenges with the hilarious minutiae of domestic life.
In season three, stay-at-home-dad Greg becomes overly involved in primary school politics. He’s driven by a rivalry with perfect parent, Luna, who’s also the President of the Parents and Friends Association. Luna has the irritating knack of beating Greg at every turn, but when Greg realises he has a groundswell of popular support, a leadership spill seems inevitable.
Meanwhile, breadwinner Em faces her own personal challenge when her domineering boss tasks her with ghostwriting yet another “autobiography” for a well-known Australian cricketer. For someone like Em who still dreams of writing a bestseller, it’s a dull hard slog, until she uncovers a scandal that could ruin several careers, including her own.
Woven throughout their personal battles, Greg and Em must also face a constant flurry of family upsets such as teenage heartbreak, stolen school lunches and the untimely death of a beloved pet turtle. But the biggest upset of all occurs when Em discovers she might be pregnant. How on earth will a brand new baby fit into this already crazy mix?
Before joining Princess Pictures, Sarah worked for 5 years in the script and production departments of series such as Wolf Creek, Fat Tony & Co, Rosehaven and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, and wrote additional comedy material for the first season of Get Krack!n.
Sarah collaborated with Princess Pictures as a freelancer on 8MMM: Aboriginal Radio and The Divorce, and joined the team full time in 2017 via Film Victoria’s Key Talent Company Placement scheme. Sarah is Head of Development across the company’s entire scripted slate, including comedy, drama, feature film and adult animation. She served as script editor on the first two seasons of How To Stay Married, a Princess Pictures and Peter Helliar comedy series for Network Ten, and was script producer on the third season, and wrote three episodes of the show.
In a warped Australian reality, two besties are on a quest for degeneracy and love…
Two Australian party girls, Sarah and Rachel, looking for fun times, new experiences, positive vibes, and hopeful horoscopes in the bizarre town of Wollongong. Sarah’s quest is to find love, whereas Rachel hungers for chaos, often bringing them into conflict as they encounter surreal Australiana, strange bush creatures, and eccentric nomads.