Paramount Australia and New Zealand have greenlit Helium Pictures’ eight-hour scripted drama “Paper Dolls” for Network 10 and Paramount Plus Australia.
Production is set to begin in Sydney later this year and will air on the 10th in 2023.
Set in 2000, “Paper Dolls,” produced by Helium Pictures, follows the meteoric rise and fall of fictional girl group Indigo, a manufactured pop group born into one of reality TV’s earliest shows.
The drama centers on five women aspiring to pop stardom only to find their dream of fame compromised by whatever it takes to get there. First competitors then confidants, as Indigo achieves instant success and stardom, their secrets threaten to tear the group apart, especially as one member, back in the music industry, threatens to implode the band as she seeks revenge on a former record label that wronged her.
“Paper Dolls” is produced by Mark Fennessy of Helium, created and written by Ainslie Clouston (“Amazing Grace”, “Playing for Keeps”) and developed with Claire Phillips (“RFDS”, “Playing for Keeps”) with Belinda Chapple as co-executive producer.
Chapple herself was a member of former girl group Bardot which originated on Australia’s first season of ‘Popstars’, the popular international reality TV franchise that paved the way for the explosion of comedy shows. talents such as “Pop Idol”.
“’Paper Dolls” is a deeply compelling female drama with a female-led creative team. This dramatic and gripping series is defined by its unique blend of fun and cutting edge – equal parts gritty and ambitious,” said Fennessy, who founded Helium last year.
The company’s initial slate also includes the Paramount Plus drama series “Last King of the Cross,” based on John Ibrahim’s best-selling book and starring Ian McShane, as well as the coming-of-age feature film “6 Festivals”.
“We are delighted to have ordered another premium, entertaining and distinctive Australian drama from Helium. ‘Paper Dolls’ is poised to be a gripping and engaging series,” said Beverley McGarvey, Executive Vice President and Director of content, Paramount Australia and New Zealand.
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