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TThe Greatest Karaoke Krawl Of All Time - Television Series

The Greatest Karaoke Krawl Of All Time - Television Series

Strand: Factual
Status: Early Development
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Larry Zetlin
Writers: Chris Carroll

Synopsis:
'Let's get wasted and do some karaoke' is a global call to arms. This combination of activities is known to right most wrongs, mend broken hearts, make you happy, boost morale and if you're lucky leave you clueless the next day. Karaoke is exactly what you need to get through any and all truly shitty days on planet earth. This is why it has found a place in most stressed out, self-serving, icon driven cultures. A series on stealth and endurance. Come on 2015 and sing BIG.

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The Greatest Karaoke Krawl Of All Time - Television Series

Flower Powered (How Yunnan Conquered the World)

Flower Powered (How Yunnan Conquered the World)

Coproduction with the Science and Education Studio of CCTV, China.

Strand: Natural History / Science / Botany / Gardening
Status: Pre-production
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Chris Carroll
Writers: Chris Carroll

Synopsis:
Yunnan in China is to botany what the Great Barrier Reef is to marine ecosystems – a biological hotspot that gave rise to most of the flowers grown in western temperate gardens, such as the typical "English Cottage Garden."

During the last great Ice Age most of the northern hemisphere was covered by ice. The Himalayas acted as a barrier to the ice moving south while in southern China and SE Asia, ice filled the valleys of the north-south running mountain ranges. However the slopes and tops of the isolated mountains acted as a refuge for plants and animals. Nature experimented greatly with new and startling species. Around 10 million years ago when the Ice Age ended these plants moved down the slopes – and into our hearts and gardens.


Meet The Bellwethers

Meet The Bellwethers

Worldwide Distribution: ABC Commercial

Strand: Natural History / Wildlife
Status: Production
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Chris Carroll
Writer / Director: Clare Thomson

Synopsis:
It’s life on the edge in Antarctica.

This summer in one of the fastest warming areas on the planet join a family of Adélie Penguins in a quest to make a chick against the odds.

They are top-level predators living on the northern fringe of Antarctica on the Antarctic Peninsula. This region is one of the fastest warming areas on the planet, with 5-6°C increases in mean winter air temperatures causing winter sea-ice to diminish. Adélie colonies have already collapsed on the Peninsula as an intrusion of warmer seawater shortens the annual winter sea ice season. Over the last three decades 90% of the colonies have been lost. Challenges face these penguins at every turn. They need to travel long distances over ice and sea, find their partner, mate, find enough food, incubate an egg and raise a chick. This summer is a challenge – as the ice changes around them, can they battle all elements to succeed in raising their chicks?


Hell No! We Won't Go

Hell No! We Won't Go

Strand: History. Contemporary Australian History and Society
Status: In Production
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Larry Zetlin
Director: Larry Zetlin
Writer: Chris Carroll
Consultant / Advisor: Martha Ansara

Synopsis:
The Vietnam War provoked one of the most contentious periods in Australian history. Across the Western world, the cultural revolution that epitomized the 60s came to a climax during the Vietnam War. While the American experience is committed to memory and revered, the Australian story has slipped through the nation’s cultural memory. The documentary aims show Australians who faced unique challenges as they struggled against social traditions and government. At no other stage in our history has discord and dissent been such a pervasive force. It was the issue of conscription that made a country bitter.

The documentary tells the story of young men and women who fought conscription and gave momentum to the anti-conscription movement. The cause rapidly gained popularity across all pockets of society. Crucially, it tells the story of draft resisters – men who refused to serve that served. Tales of imprisonment, police brutality, and curtailments of basic civil rights are remembered through several voices of the generation. For them, the anti-conscription movement and its enemies left a profound impact on the course of their lives. Academics, media figures, and hard-working Australians tell their life stories as they evoke the turmoil of the age – but was it all worth it? Is their legacy one that is felt by the youth of today?


You Little Bottler! The First 12 Families of Wine

You Little Bottler! The First 12 Families of Wine

Coproduction with CCTV China

Strand: Australian History / Viniculture / Social History
Status: Pre-production
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Chris Carroll
Writers: Chris Carroll and other TBA

Synopsis:
Australians have a unique way of describing when something good happens to them.
They say “ ...you little bottler!”
And in much the same sense of optimism, many chose to look at life as a “glass half-full “rather than half-empty.
That’s especially the case with a mixed dozen of Australia’s top wine companies, who have team-up to promote the intrinsic strength, subtlety and sophistication of their wine under the First Families label.
Chester Osborn’s family has been making wine at McLaren Vale, near Adelaide in South Australia for just over 100 years.
This fourth generation winemaker has such  a keen sense of the traditions that have helped create some of the world’s most enduring and popular wines –that he still follows much the same production processes his father , grand-father and great-grandfather introduced back in the early 20th century.
This includes an old wooden basket press and open fermentation.

It’s proved to have been a simple yet stunningly successful philosophy for D’Arenberg Wines and helped create a point of difference and marketing edge in a crowded market of mostly mass-produced wines.
It’s one of five family companies from South Australia – the spiritual home of Australian wine – to make up the First Families.
There are four from Victoria, two from New South Wales and one from Western Australia.
Together the group represents a combined 1200 years of winemaking experience and marketing.
Their vintages have won more gold medals that the Chinese Olympic team and helped ensure their celebrity and cache around the wine-drinking world.
Well might we toast their success ....... “You little bottlers!”


Turtle City 3D 60 Minute. TV

Turtle City 3D 60 Minute. TV

Coproduction with CCTV, China

Strand: Natural History / Science / Marine Ecology
Status: Pre-production
Executive Producer: Larry Zetlin
Producer: Chris Carroll
Writers/Director: Clare Thomson

Synopsis:
From the white sands of the coral cay the head of a tiny Turtle emerges from its nest. Pushing itself out of the sand, it heads quickly down to the sea, swimming across the shallows to the safety of the reef. Here brightly coloured Parrotfish and Angelfish appear from the crevices where they passed the night safe from predators. As the sunlight penetrates the shallows, the coral polyps open and the algae inside begin photosynthesizing. It's the beginning of another day on the reef – and this activity occurs like clockwork as it has over eons. But as the small Turtle is about to find out the game of survival here is not easy as it joins the ultimate race to breed...