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Perth, Western Australia, 9th October 2020: Komixx Entertainment and ABC in Australia today announce a second series (10 x 30 minutes) of their internationally successful children’s live-action adventure series, ITCH. Based on the characters created in the award-winning books by popular British broadcaster and author Simon Mayo, the second series is again being filmed in Western Australia, with principal photography having begun this week.
The first ITCH series (10 x 30 minutes) is currently on ABC ME and iview in Australia. It has also been acquired by channels worldwide including CBBC in the UK and BYU in the US. Sales have all been negotiated by ABC Commercial.
ITCH follows the adventures of Itchingham Lofte, a teenager obsessed by science, who pursues the unusual hobby of collecting all the elements on the Periodic Table. In Series One Itch gets his hands on a new, previously unknown element but pursued by a malevolent teacher, the government and an evil corporation he draws on his science know-how to stay one step ahead of his adversaries.
Series Two moves the story into new a whole new adventure. Excited to spend their Summer holiday by the beach, Itch and his friends are shocked to find dead fish washing up on the shores of Seaburgh after a boat explosion. They suspect foul play involving evil corporation Greencorp, but as the authorities ignore their concerns it is left to Itch and his friends to uncover the truth for themselves. In their efforts to keep the water safe, they make a discovery that threatens Seaburgh with devastation.
Melanie Halsall, Komixx Entertainment Head of Development, who is also responsible for adapting the books into the television series, said: “Simon Mayo produced three high-octane ITCH novels based on a teenaged boy living in Cornwall. Together with ABC Australia and our regional funding partners we first brought these wonderful books to life in Western Australia, with its similar pristine coastline, and now we’re delighted to have now started filming series two.”
Amanda Morrison, Managing Director of Komixx Entertainment Australia and Group Head of Global Production, led negotiations for the deal with ABC Australia. She said: “The first series of ITCH is a great hit for the ABC and been acquired by the BBC for UK broadcast on CBBC. The second series will build on that success and we are grateful for the funding support we have received to make this possible.”
ABC’s Head of Children’s Production, Libbie Doherty said: “The ABC is proud to support Itch Series 2 that will deliver more of the high octane adventure full of twists and turns, shocks and betrayals, that speaks to the passion Australian kids have for the environment. The world class production values will deliver complex storytelling, all Australian cast and epic WA locations that honours the sophisticated viewing habits of young Australian audiences. Itch Series 2 is the first ABC Children’s drama to head into production since COVID and we are thrilled to be working again with the original cast and West Australian crews.”
ABC Commercial’s Head of Content Sales & Distribution, Jessica Ellis said: “The first series of ITCH has been a huge success story for us with strong sales across the international marketplace and high rating performances for our platform partners. ABC Commercial has been working hard on expanding our portfolio of children’s and young adult content and Itch has been a stellar example. We can’t wait to see this next series and are looking forward to having even greater success with Itch’s next adventure.”
The second series will be directed by award-winning Australian directors Nicholas Verso (who returns as a director from the first series) and Tenika Smith.
ITCH is a Komixx Entertainment production in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Commercial, Screen Australia, Screenwest and Western Australia Regional Film Fund.
Screen Australia’s Head of Content Sally Caplan said, “We are excited to support season two of this intelligent adventure series which showcases Albany in Western Australia. A thrilling journey with science at its core, I’m confident Itch will continue to resonate with children here and around the world.”
ITCH Series two is written by Melanie Halsall, Dan Berlinka, Heather Wilson, Jessica Brookman, Ceinwen Langley and Craig Irvin. It is being produced by Amanda Morrison and Melanie Halsall and executive produced by Michael Shyjka and Ed Glauser for Komixx Entertainment.
The announcement of ITCH 2 follows the success of other pre-school, children’s, young-adult and family broadcast entertainment hits from the London, Los Angeles and Perth-based Komixx Entertainment. The Komixx-produced The Kissing Booth 2, the second in a trilogy of films, has been topping charts on Netflix following its launch in late July, with The Kissing Booth 3 set to hit screens in 2021. And the Komixx 52-episode 2D animation series ‘Dog Loves Books’ launched in 2020 on BBC CBeebies, ABC Australia and German children’s network KiKA, featuring voices from award-winning British comedy actors John Thomson and Craig Cash.
ABOUT KOMIXX ENTERTAINMENT
Established in 2007, Komixx Entertainment is an independent film and TV production company that holds a significant portfolio of original and adapted rights. Headquartered in London, expansion has since seen Komixx establish offices in Los Angeles, USA, and Perth, in Western Australia.
The Komixx Media Group acquires, develops, and produces feature films, TV series and other multi-media content for kids to young-adult audiences with fast evolving tastes and preferences. Komixx uses trend analysis, evaluation of social and behavioural patterns and in-depth audience research to ensure that each production is developed with creativity at its heart and wrapped with a strong commercial and financial strategy.
Working both with original ideas and book adaptations, Komixx brings to screen imaginative, character-driven stories and creative concepts with an enduring, global audience appeal.
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