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Screen Queensland supports the return of Snake Boss

Screen Queensland (SQ) is proud to announce its support of season two of Snake Boss following the global success of the first series airing in Australia on Discovery Network’s Animal Planet and sold internationally as Snake Sheila to 170 countries around the world. 

Snake Boss is being co-produced by WildBear Entertainment and Flickchicks.  Other investors include Discovery Network’s Animal Planet, one of the world’s leading factual brands. 

‘We were so thrilled to watch the success of the first series of Snake Boss and see how it connected with a global audience,’ said SQ CEO Tracey Vieira.

‘The reason for its popularity is that Snake Boss is more than a series about catching snakes.  It celebrates our unique way of life here in Queensland, our climate, our beautiful city and our stories too.  Julia Baker is a real talent and the entire team has created a fun and upbeat series we are proud to support.’

SQ is providing production investment funding into the 10-part, half hour factual television series being filmed in Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Ipswich areas.  Snake Boss takes viewers into the backyards and businesses of Queenslanders introducing snakes and some snake wary members of the community to a world-wide audience.

‘WildBear is thrilled to see this Queensland co-production featuring all Queensland talent, crew and locations go into a second series that will play again to a broad Australian audience and to audiences around the world,’ said producer Veronica Fury.

Director Mandy Lake, co-principal of Flickchicks with Snake Boss producer Margie Brown, said she was very excited by the prospect of being able to take the series with its incredible characters and creatures to an international audience for a second season.

‘We had a tremendous response from around the world to season one, and many people asking whether there’d be a series two,’ she said. ‘There’s still a mother load of material to mine from! We’ve got so many more s-s-sensational people and snakes to meet, plus compelling storylines to tell.’   

Snake Boss follows two of Brisbane’s busiest Snake catchers ‘Snake Boss Julia’ and her Scottish bloke and now husband ‘Johnny Bagpipes’.  Each episode follows three call-outs to the Snake Boss to remove unwanted guests and the adventures and tales that ensue.  Series two has an expected Queensland Production Expenditure of $890,000.

The public is encouraged to call Julia Baker’s (AKA “Snake Boss”) business number – ‘1300CATCH IT’ – if you find an unwelcome visitor at your home.

‘For me the best part of filming Snake Boss is reading all the messages that keep coming in from all over the world from fans who are now seeing snakes through a different and more positive light,’ said Julia.  ‘My ultimate goal is to convert humans from believing that “a good snake is a dead one” to respecting their valuable place in our eco-system.’

Snake Boss will premiere later in 2016, exclusive to Animal Planet.

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To contact the co-producers:

WildBear Entertainment: Veronica Fury – 07 3891 7779

SQ media enquiries: Angela Samut –  +61 7 3248 0500