"FIVE MILE CREEK" - LANDMARK SERIES
A succession of "firsts" distinguishes the debut of THE DISNEY CHANNEL'S new dramatic adventure series, "Five Mile Creek." Airing in November, the highly-budgeted Australian frontier saga marks the first time that American and Australian film producers have joined forces for television series productions.
The joint production is being produced by Australian Henry Crawford, internationally acclaimed for his award-winning mini-series "A Town Like Alice," The program won an international Emmy, a New York Film and Television Festival prize for the best drama and the British Broadcasting Critics' Guild award for best imported television drama.
Executive producer for the series is Douglas Netter, who also produced the NBC western mini-series "The Sacketts" by Louis L'Amour, Walt Disney's critically acclaimed television movie "The Cherokee Trail," and who co-produced the feature film "The Wild Geese," which starred Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Hardy Kruger, and Roger Moore.
The hour-long, thirteen-episode drama is the most expensive television series ever produced in Australia. It is budgeted at $5.8 million in a joint financial arrangement between THE DISNEY CHANNEL and Australia's Network Seven Television. Network Seven will premiere "Five Mile Creek" in Australia when their new television season debuts in February and March, 1984.
"Five Mile Creek" scores another "first" by becoming the first international television series ever produced exclusively for THE DISNEY CHANNEL.
James P. Jimirro, president of the five-month old premium service, expressed the sentiments of subscription viewers: "The quality of Australian television is enthusiastically recognized by audiences world-wide. It's our privilege to offer family-programming of the highest caliber to the American public."
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