Netflix, Australia's ABC Order New Series 'Pine Gap'

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The political thriller centers on a secret defense facility in central Australia.

Netflix and Australian public broadcaster ABC have jointly commissioned a new drama series to be produced by Aussie shingle Screentime.

Pine Gap will be a political thriller set in and around the enigmatic U.S./Australian joint defense facility located in central Australia. The base, located close to Alice Springs, is partly run by the CIA and NSA and is a major contributor to America's global spying efforts.

Greg Haddrick, a writer and producer on the long-running Aussie soap Home and Away, created Pine Gap together with co-writer Felicity Packard, a writer on Australian horror series Wolf Creek.

Pine Gap is shrouded in intrigue for many Australians," ABC’s director of television David Anderson said in a statement. "It’s the perfect anchor, and a timely subject, for an Australian drama that can resonate both locally and with a global audience. This partnership enables a high-end Australian drama to be produced for all Australians, and for locally produced content to be delivered to an international audience.”

The first six-episode season will begin shooting on multiple locations across South Australia and the Northern Territory in 2018. Packard will produce the series, together with Lisa Scott, with Haddrick executive producing alongside Screentime's Bob Campbell and Rory Callaghan and ABC’s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy. The South Australian Film Corporation and the South Australian State Government is providing support for the project.

Screentime, a subsidiary of France's Banijay Group, is a specialist TV production outfit known for such series as the award-winning crime drama Underbelly and Tim Winton's cloudstreet.