Australian TV veteran Sally Aitken (Play with sharks) and Aline Jacques (Lindy Chamberlain: True Story) have teamed up to launch Sam Content, a new production banner that will operate out of Sydney.
The partners, who plan to act as founders and co-CEOs, say the new outfit will develop and produce all kinds of script-free and scripted projects for both internal platforms. Australian and international markets.
Sam Content will kick off with four projects in different stages of production with Australian broadcasters and screen companies. These include an untitled project about beloved Australian band The Wiggles in partnership with Cass Avery and Daniel Story of Augusto Entertainment, and Inconceivable: The Secret Business of Breeding Humans, a documentary for SBS about development. It was revealed by investigative journalist Sarah Dingle at the age of 27 that her mother was impregnated with the sperm of an anonymous donor. Both projects received production funding from Screen Australia. Also in development are an architecture series and a music documentary, with additional details to be revealed at a later date. Additional projects will be announced in the coming months, the partners said.
Founders Aitken and Jacques bring a diverse mix of experiences to Sam Content. Aitken’s most recent film as writer and director, Play with sharkswhich premiered to strong reviews at Sundance and was nominated for an Emmy Award for documentary and news in 2022. Her debut feature, A cinematic life, appeared in the official competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where she was also nominated for the Camera d’Or award. Other major works include Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth (2021); The Pacific: In Captain Cook’s Awakening with Sam Neill (2019); and Capture Frank Gehry (2015).
Jacques, meanwhile, has developed and produced documentaries across genres for broadcasters and distributors including ABC, SBS, BBC, National Geographic, Arte, PBS, Curiosity Stream and Discovery, as well as theatrical distributors, Madman and Universal Pictures. She has offered programs such as The Pacific: In Captain Cook’s Awakening with Sam Neill; Slim and I; Miriam Margolyes: Almost Australian and Living Universe.
“We are delighted to have a dynamic new home for many of our passions, interests and curiosities and look forward to continuing to grow our portfolio of documentary and television projects. me with other like-minded advertisements,” said the two partners. statement. “With several projects underway and many growing and imaginative, our doors are open for both experienced and emerging filmmakers to come and say hello to Sam, a place believable, bold ideas and a lot of humor in bringing great stories to life.”