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Fremantle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Micanical Media and 2Jons have joined creative forces to develop what they claim will be one of the biggest and most ambitious dramas created in Australia, Barons.
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An original work from Micanical Media and 2Jons, the eight-episode series charts the journey of a group of young surfers living a life focused on the breaks, friendships, freedom and good times. From their tiny garages and surf coast shopfronts they create billion-dollar empires, hurtling them from the beach to the boardroom, winning and losing themselves along the way. Barons will be shot on locations in Australia, Indonesia and the USA, with production planned for 2020.

The series has been developed by Micanical’s Michael Lawrence (Bra Boys, Uncensored) and 2Jons’ John Molloy (The Gloaming, Molly). Emmy award winning surf director Taylor Steele (Momentum Generation, Proximity) will capture the action from the world’s most spectacular beaches. Liz Doran (Please Like Me, Molly) leads the writing team which includes Matt Cameron (Secret City, Jack Irish) and Marieke Hardy (Laid, Seven Types of Ambiguity). It will be produced by Molloy, Lawrence and Fremantle’s Justin Davies (Beautiful People, Absolutely Fabulous). Barons will be Executive Produced by Nicholas Cook (Bra Boys, Proximity), Chris Oliver-Taylor (Glitch, Wanted, The Heights) and the ABC’s Sally Riley and Brett Sleigh.

Commenting on the commission, Sally Riley, head of drama and indigenous television, ABC, said: “We have been chasing this show for a while now and we are so happy to announce its addition to the ABC slate. It has wonderful multi-faceted characters, a canvas that spans the best surf breaks in the world, but its toes are firmly planted in the beaches of Australia. We are thrilled to be partnering with such a stellar team to bring this extraordinary Australian story to a global audience.”

“Barons is one of the most ambitious dramas that Fremantle has ever been involved with,” added Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific and executive producer, Fremantle. “Partnering with John, Mick and Nick means that, between us all, we can take on one of the most exotic, dramatic and simply amazing stories - celebrating the 1970’s in Australia through the legend of surf culture. Barons will attract a world class cast of both Australian and international actors. Barons embodies Fremantle’s global ambition to produce premium drama and collaborate with the very best creative talent.”