‘Bali 2002’ Show About Terrorist Attacks Bought by ITV

ITV in the UK has acquired ‘Bali 2002’, a new four-part drama exploring the everyday heroes directly affected by the terrorist attacks on the Indonesian island’s tourist hotspots 20 years ago. Represented by Banijay Rights, drama stars Rachel Griffiths (“Total Control”), Richard Roxburgh (“Rake”) and Claudia Jesse (Bridgeton”). It will air next year on new streaming service ITVX.

Co-produced by Banijay, Endemol Shine Australia and Screentime labels, Bali 2002 was the first original drama co-commissioned by Australian streamer Stan and commercial TV group 9Network. The series premiered on Stan last month.

Bali 2002 tells the tragic events of October 12, 2002, when the island was devastated by a terrorist attack on two of Kuta Beach’s busiest nightclubs. Local Balinese, Australian and British tourists scrambled to rescue the injured, while Australian and Indonesian authorities mobilized to evacuate survivors, identify victims and investigate what really happened. In the midst of this chaos, heroes from all walks of life united in a quest for healing and meaning.

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“Exactly 20 years ago last week, these devastating terrorist attacks shook the paradise island of Bali – the impact of which is still being felt by victims, survivors and their families today,” said Chris Stewart, SVP of Sales UK and Ireland at Banijay Rights, who introduced the deal to ITV negotiated the last day of Mipcom in Cannes.

“‘Bali 2002’ is a tribute to her – it sensitively captures those inspirational stories to emerge from the darkest of days,” Stewart continued.

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Sasha Breslau, ITV’s Head of Content Acquisition, said it was “a privilege to bring these personal stories of the brave people of Bali to British viewers”. The executive said the series will premiere on ITVX in 2023.

Peter Newman, CEO of Endemol Shine Australia said so series will tell a “story of resilience and heroism born out of the darkest of tragedies,” an event that “shocked the world.”

“This is a compelling four-part series that is moving, sensitive and reflects the stories told directly by those affected by this event,” Newman continued.

“Bali 2002” is directed by Justin Monjo (“Storm Boy”), Kris Wyld (“Pulse”), Marcia Gardner (“Wentworth”) and aspiring screenwriter Michael Toisuta, and stars Balinese writer, actor and musician Ketut Yuliarsa (“Janggan” ) written. ) as a story editor on board.

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Produced by Kerrie Mainwaring for Screentime, Tim Pye executive produced Bali 2002 alongside Sara Richardson for Endemol Shine Australia, Michael Healy and Andy Ryan for 9Network, and Amanda Duthie and Cailah Scobie for Stan.

Directed by Peter Andrikidis and Katrina Irawati Graham. The series received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. Banijay Rights handles international distribution.

Banijay Rights’ Mipcom roster also includes Marie Antoinette, the costume drama series created and co-written by Deborah Davis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Yorgos Lanthimo’s The Favourite. Marie Antoinette has just been taken over by PBS in the US


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