Jason di Rossi on ABC's The Hub On Screen talks about new talent on Australian screen. 600 Bottles gets a mention


Cockatoo Co.Lab debuts comedy series in Australia with Network Ten

Media Production Company Cockatoo Co.Lab debuts Aussie Comedy 600 Bottles of Wine across the United Kingdom, New Zealand and now Australia.

600 Bottles of Wine

Since securing International placement in June, Australian comedy 600 Bottles of Wine today announces it will broadcast locally on Network Ten’s channel Eleven as a 4 x 18’ series as well as on TenDaily and TenPlay as an 8 x 9’ web series.

Bec Bignell (MediaXpress NSW and formerly ABC) and Dr. Marius Foley (RMIT) founded Cockatoo Co.Lab in December 2017. Their cutting-edge methodologies in filmmaking are anchored in a human-centered design and advocate an audience led approach. Their mission is to recycle and re-purpose content for consumption across multiple platforms, as opposed to restricting audience-reach to one medium.

600 Bottles of Wine emerged from a sassy proof of concept blog written by award winning actress Grace Rouvray about her life as a young, single woman. In transmedia fashion, the blog voice flows into the authentic and relatable web series.

“We’re really excited that Network Ten have embraced the innovation in story repackaging as it indicates an industry commitment to experimentation, which is essential in the current landscape. 600 Bottles of Wine is a web series but it’s also a television series, it’s format fluidity means it can’t be identified as one or the other, which pushes the boundaries and subverts traditional industry expectations,” says Bignell.


Strewth! Antipodean women deliver summer of laughter to Britain

Comics from Australia and New Zealand will take centre stage, from Netflix to the Edinburgh fringe

Vanessa Thorpe Observer arts and media correspondent, UK GUARDIAN

Sun 29 Jul 2018 18.29 AEST

Australian comedians have traditionally provided British audiences with a slice of unabashed, earthy humour, dating back to the early heyday of Dame Edna Everage, 40 years ago. Now a fresh generation of comedians from Australia and New Zealand are lining up to provide a similar service. And this time they are real women.

This summer an influx of antipodean standup comedians, variety acts and sitcom stars are reshaping the way we view the two countries.

From cleverly confrontational comics, like the award-winning Australian Hannah Gadsby, to television shows such as Netflix’s The Letdown, which gleefully explodes the myths of motherhood, and BBC Three’s dating saga 600 Bottles of Wine, the bold and complex voice of the 21st-century antipodean female is being heard loud and clear on this side of the world.












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Aussie Short Series 600 Bottle of Wine Heads to BBC 3

By Travis Johnson

Flexibility of format has enabled an Australian series to find an audience overseas.

Australian web series 600 Bottles of Wine will air on Britian’s BBC 3 from May 27, having been repackaged by new media production company Cockatoo Co.Lab for broadcast.




























>> Sue Deeks, head of BBC program acquisition, and Damian Kavanagh, channel controller of BBC Three, did the deal for the Australian series. “Grace Rouvray is a fantastic new voice and her fresh, funny series will be every bit as relatable and entertaining to audiences in the U.K. as in Australia,” Deeks said.

The series is sold by Escapade Media and produced by Cockatoo Colab. “The flexible nature of short form content enabled us to repurpose the story in multiple formats to service different audience preferences on different platforms,” said producer Bec Bignell.>>












































































600 Bottles of Wine to be represented by Escapade Media for global release


Cockatoo Colab co-founder Bec Bignell, producer on the series, commented, “I was interested in how we could develop an audience-centered series by drawing insights from the successful proof of concept blog. The series was designed bespoke, based on these insights, to deliver a signature experience that flows from one scene to the next through feeling, tone and texture. 600 Bottles of Wine conveys a cozy corner, evolving maturity, bold sexuality and genuine vulnerability offset with humor and a drop of wine.”







































































At the end of 2017 I visited the Western state for the first time, brought on by writer/actress Bec Bignell to direct Rain Dance.

We travelled with a small crew to her home town Kojonup, a few hours out of Perth,  and spent time with the shearing team, meeting with members of the community and being fed copious amounts of good ol country cooking.

Currently being produced by Cockatoo Co Lab – Rain Dance is  a series about two women in a remote Australian shearing team who fight for their community in the wake of environmental adversity.