SBS Television 2023

Discussion of SBS programming for next year. Upfronts to be advised.

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SBS’ 2023 upfronts will be held at Barangaroo in Sydney on Wednesday, November 2.


All Upfront information

No mention of Dakar Rally?

Also SBS will broadcast Care A2+ Kooyong Classic, a warm-up event to the Australian Open, on January 10-12 next year. The tennis tournament returns after a three-year absence.

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SBS has a great promo for 2023 which features a remake of the Pat Benatar song “We Belong”, sung by Montaigne.

Do the other networks make promos anymore like Ten, the ABC and SBS do?

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This one from SBS; I like to think of it as a rare ident.


Yes, that’s it. Thanks.

I think it looks great. A shame the commercial networks have given up on these. I used to look forward to them every January.

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New Screen Australia project for SBS

Life on the Hospital Frontline (working title)

A 3 x 52-minute documentary series for SBS that explores the challenges faced by the Australian public health system by going behind the scenes at one of Australia’s busiest public hospitals – St Vincent’s in Sydney. Life on the Hospital Frontline (working title) is series produced by Jo Siddiqui, written/directed by Anthony Barwell and executive produced by Dan Brown whose credits include What Does Australia Really Think About? and Claremont: A Killer Among Us. The series is financed in association with SBS with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest.

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So another St Vincent’s documentary?

And SBS secured production funding from WA government agencies rather than Screen NSW for a documentary about a Sydney hospital? That’s odd.

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Some part will be post-produced in WA for that funding.