Australian 'Informant' talks to Fox


Another format from Down Under is making its way to American television.

Fox is developing "The Informant," a one-hour project based on an upcoming Australian series created by Greg Haddrick. Tom Szentgyorgyi is adapting the format for Fox, 20th TV and Alchemy TV.

He describes "Informant" as "Jason Bourne at home." It centers on Richard Button, a regular middle-class suburban dad who works as a police informant for an elite federal investigative agency. "It's a blend of a spy undercover procedural and a family story about his life at home," Szentgyorgyi said.

Button's background is a mystery, but his detailed knowledge of international crime networks suggests that he might have been involved in espionage.

"The intelligence officers are working with him but also investigating him," said Burrad Marsh, head of TV series development at Alchemy, which recently brokered a deal for ABC to share CBC's comedy pilot "18 to Life."

"Informant" is looking to follow in the footsteps of upcoming comedy series "Kath & Kim" and "Sit Down, Shut Up," which also are based on Australian formats.

"Informant" was packaged by Endeavor. (partialdiff)