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Queensland Originals: Podcasts with Brian Reed

Screen Queensland (SQ) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), will support talented, uncredited screenwriters to develop original drama/factual podcast series exclusively for audiences listening on global platforms such as iTunes Podcasts.

In the first phase of this initiative, up to five podcast series ideas (max. 14 writers) will be selected for development in an exclusive all-day workshop with acclaimed audio storyteller Brian Reed, Friday 28th July 2017.

Brian Reed is the host and co-creator of the ground-breaking podcast series S-Town, a production by Serial and This American Life. The chart-topping S-Town was downloaded a record-breaking 16 million times in its first week of release. Reed spent more than three years reporting and writing for S-Town, which began when listener John B. McLemore sent Reed an email asking him to investigate an alleged murder in his small Alabama town. The series has won widespread popular and critical acclaim and is praised for elevating audio storytelling into the realm of great literature.

Podcasts bring stories direct to audiences and present screenwriters an opportunity to be experimental, risky, ambitious and, importantly, rapidly build their storytelling experience and credits.

This initiative is targeted at Queensland screenwriters and writing teams who are keen to explore new avenues to build their writing credits and who have a great idea for a narrative or factual podcast series. It is best suited to screenwriters who do not yet have broadcast or feature film credits.

To apply:

  1. Read through the Queensland Originals: Podcasts with Brian Reed guidelines
  2. Contact Diya Eid, VP Content (Operations & Initiatives) at Screen Queensland if you have any questions or would like to discuss your application (07) 3248 0500 /
  3. Apply online at by 5pm Friday 7 July 2017.