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.

Screen Australia has announced three documentaries funded through the Commissioned Program and two projects through the Producer Program that will share in over $2.2 million of production funding.

For SBS:

  • The Idea of Australia: This revelatory four-part series for SBS discovers how modern Australia has changed in the last 25 years and how it has produced a social and cultural revolution that is still a work in progress. By exploring our past and inspiring questions about the future, The Idea of Australia asks Australians to understand where the nation has come from and challenges what we might become. The series is from writer/executive producer Julianne Schultz, producer Darren Dale (The Australian Wars), series producer Jacob Hickey (Books That Made Us) and director Benjamin Jones (Our Vietnam War). The Idea of Australia is financed by SBS.

  • The Last Goodbye (working title): This three-part series for SBS explores Australia’s changing attitudes and approaches to death and the various ways in which our nation chooses to farewell and remember our dead. The Last Goodbye (working title) is from executive producers Sky Kinninmont (The Mosque Next Door) and Deborah Spinocchia (The School that Tried to End Racism) and writer Allan Clarke, whose credits include The Bowraville Murders and The Dark Emu Story. It is financed in association with SBS, with support from Screen NSW.