Director Mike Leigh checks in at the SBS Office to see whether or not they took the idea of his Secret & Lies title for their documentary initiative Secrets and Lives.
SBS, Australia's Special Broadcasting Service is offering $120, 000 per half hour documentary episode funding grants. This is an initiative hand in hand with Film Victoria. Details can be obtained on this page here.
The summary of the brief is ...
"The programming is for a strand on SBS Television which utilises humour and surprising, innovative approaches to factual story telling to deliver tough subjects, entertaining and engaging journeys, strong characters and, ideally, tackle the major social issues of our time."
The only disconcerting issue with these proposals is that SBS has a disclaimer that it holds no responsibility for future shows airing that may have similar ideas or themes as yours because there is a lot of content being developed or in the pipe-lines. Of course you can't Copyright ideas so if some office boy or girl gets to hear of your idea and snatches the best bits for s fresh proposal, you are left holding the staples.
Also, post-market and The Band has had its moment at Cannes.