Production has begun, led by the award-winning team at Aquarius Films (Lion, Berlin Syndrome) and global indie studio Entertainment One, and featuring Harriet Dyer, Valene Kane, Magda Szubanski and Christiaan van Vuuren


MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017 – Australia’s leading local streaming service Stan announced today that production has begun on its latest Stan Original Series, The Other Guy, starring and written by popular Aussie comedian and broadcast personality Matt Okine. From global independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), The Other Guy is a comedy-drama based on Okine's own experiences, which he developed into an award-winning stand-up show, and now a TV series for Stan. The show is co-written by Becky Lucas (Please Like Me) and Greg Waters (Soul Mates, Dance Academy).

The Other Guy joins a slate of award-winning Stan Original Australian productions that have been commissioned by the streaming service, including Logie Award-nominated and AACTA Award-winning drama series Wolf Creek, recently picked up for a second season, AACTA-Award winning comedy No Activity, and One Night Stan, a series of full-length stand-up comedy specials.

A 6 x half hour series, The Other Guy is the story of a successful radio host who finds himself unexpectedly back in the dating pool for the first time in a decade, after discovering his long-term girlfriend has been having an affair with his best friend. The series will be directed by Kacie Anning (Fragments of Friday) and comes from producers Aquarius Films, whose credits include Berlin Syndrome (currently in cinemas) and the critically acclaimed Lion – nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture – and eOne, who will also distribute the series internationally. The Other Guy has received production investment funding from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW.

Stan’s Chief Content Officer, Nick Forward says, “The Other Guy demonstrates Stan’s ongoing commitment to creating fresh, engaging local content you won’t find anywhere else, showcasing the wealth of talent we have in Australia. Matt is one of the country’s most in-demand comedians and we’re delighted to have Kacie Anning on board - she’s undoubtedly one of the most talented young directors coming out of Australia.”

The series also stars Harriet Dyer (No Activity, Love Child), Valene Kane (The Fall, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Magda Szubanski (Kath & Kim, Bran Nue Dae), Christiaan van Vuuren (Soul Mates, Bondi Hipsters), along with composer, performer and rising star Amali Golden (Australian Idol).

Producers, Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford and Cecilia Ritchie from Aquarius Films say, "We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with Matt on his first foray into narrative TV. Co-written by brilliant stand-up comic Becky Lucas, The Other Guy is a comedy series full of humour and heart that reminds us that breaking up is hard to do, and it can be funny too. We are also delighted to be working with very talented director Kacie Anning and such a wonderful cast.”

"eOne is thrilled to partner with Stan and the teams at Aquarius, Screen Australia and Screen NSW on The Other Guy and are also honoured to represent the series on an international basis. Together, we have assembled a really exciting team to support Matt, Becky and Kacie in bringing this show to life,” says Jude Troy, Executive Producer for The Other Guy and EVP, TV Development and Acquisitions, Australia & New Zealand, eOne.

The series will be shot on location around Sydney and will be produced in partnership with Screen Australia and Screen NSW. “The Other Guy is an incredible career opportunity for exciting new talents Matt Okine and Kacie Anning to collaborate with this group of highly experienced producers and showcase their comedic voice on a premier platform. For our third partnership with Stan on a piece of original Australian content, we couldn’t be prouder to support this show,” says Mike Cowap, Investment Manager – Multiplatform at Screen Australia.

Michael Brealey, CEO of Create NSW says “The Other Guy brings together an exciting group of talented NSW screen creatives to produce a highly engaging, original series. We are particularly delighted to support a project which sees one of the newer content players, Stan, investing in local talent and ideas.”

The Other Guy is set to premiere exclusively on Stan in late 2017.

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About Stan: Stan is Australia’s leading local subscription video-on-demand provider. Stan offers unlimited access to thousands of hours of entertainment, with an outstanding lineup of exclusive premieres such as Better Call Saul, Sherlock, Girlfriend Experience, Transparent and UnREAL. New SHOWTIME series also premiere exclusively on Stan, including the second season of Billions and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks on May 22, 2017.

Stan Originals include the AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated series No Activity and the critically acclaimed AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated drama series Wolf Creek, which has just been commissioned for a second season to air in late 2017.

For the first time, Stan has also expanded into stand-up comedy with the commissioning of six feature-length stand-up specials. The Stan Original specials star six of Australia’s most popular comedians – Wil Anderson, Celia Pacquola, Tom Ballard, Judith Lucy, Sam Simmons and Tom Gleeson. Several other local projects are currently in development.

Stan’s award-winning TV shows, classic catalogue, blockbuster movies and popular kids content can be watched in full HD on your TV or favourite device, including tablets and smartphones. Now you can download and enjoy your favourite TV shows and movies and watch them anywhere, anytime, without being tied to an internet connection. Stan is a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media. For more information, visit www.stan.com.au.

About Entertainment One: Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.

About Aquarius Films: Aquarius Films is a Sydney-based production company focused on producing high quality feature films, television series and documentaries for the international market. The company is a creative partnership between award-winning filmmakers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford and Cecilia Ritchie.

Aquarius currently has three films in release: Berlin Syndrome, the powerful psychological thriller from Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore) adapted from Melanie Joosten's novel of the same name by Shaun Grant (Snowtown); the crowd-pleasing festival documentary Roller Dreams, directed by first time director (and Girls editor) Kate Hickey; and the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated blockbuster Lion. For more information, visit www.aquariusfilms.com.au.

For further information, please contact:
Stan Publicity - stan.publicity@stan.com.au

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