BINGE and Screenwest have announced season two of the critically acclaimed and award-winning series, The Twelve, has been greenlit for production in Western Australia following the launch of the WA Production Attraction Incentive last year.
The Twelve is a gripping crime drama that follows a controversial murder trial seen through the lens of the jurors – 12 ordinary Australians who are facing their own realities and struggles.
Season one launched to critical reviews, receiving ten nominations and winning three AACTA Awards in 2022 including Best Miniseries, it is also the most nominated drama series at the 63rd TV Week Logie Awards. The Australian series has also been sold into multiple territories around the world.
Season two of The Twelve will be eight 1-hour episodes written by Sarah Walker, Anchuli Felicia King, Anya Beyersdorf and Anna Barnes. The series will be set up and directed by Western Australian director Stevie Cruz-Martin (Safe Home, The Tailings) alongside another Western Australian director, Ben Young (Hounds of Love, Clickbait) and Mark Joffe (Jack Irish).
The series will be produced by Hamish Lewis and Michael Brooks for Warner Bros. International Production Australia and Ian Collie, Ally Henville and Rob Gibson for Easy Tiger.
Alison Hurbert-Burns, BINGE executive director, said: “WA we are coming! BINGE is bringing The Twelve, one of Australia’s most premium and awarded drama series, to Western Australia with production set to begin in the coming months. We can’t wait to be on ground working with local creatives and talent to bring this gripping series to life, showcasing Perth along with the incredible WA countryside.”
Michael Brooks, managing director of Warner Bros. International Production Australia said: “We are passionate about producing great Australian stories for audiences around the world and it takes incredible partnerships to deliver on that promise. We welcome the support of Screenwest and together with the talented team at BINGE, we look forward to delighting fans across the globe with another thrilling series of The Twelve.”
The WA Production Attraction Incentive is designed to attract high profile, market driven footloose screen productions to Western Australia. Together with the State’s $105 million election commitment towards building a world class film studio in Perth, this unprecedented investment into the WA screen industry is establishing Western Australia as a sought-after filming destination.
Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest CEO: “Screenwest welcomes The Twelve to WA. The WA Screen sector is poised for significant expansion over the next two years, and we are beyond excited to kickstart this growth with BINGE, Warner Bros. International Production Australia and Easy Tiger. The Twelve will showcase Western Australia’s ability to attract and deliver premium series and we look forward to welcoming many more to the State.”
Hon David Templeman, minister for Culture and the Arts, said: “Enticing a high-calibre, premium series like The Twelve to film in Western Australia is an incredible outcome following the launch of the WA Production Attraction Incentive last year.
“The Twelve will be the biggest-ever production to take place in Western Australia, and we are excited to work with BINGE, Warner Bros International Television Production Australia and Easy Tiger as they embark on producing this second series. We look forward to welcoming more projects like this to WA. We have fantastic local talent, breath-taking locations and incentives on offer – Western Australia is open for business,” Templeman added.
The Twelve, commissioned by Brian Walsh (the Foxtel Group) for BINGE and Foxtel, will be produced by Warner Bros. International Production Australia and Easy Tiger with major production investment from Screenwest and the Western Australian Production Attraction Incentive.
The series will be distributed globally by Fifth Season. The Twelve season two will also be available to watch on Fox Showcase and stream On Demand on FOXTEL.
Top image left to right: Rikki Lea Bestall, CEO Screenwest; Hamish Lewis – head of scripted, Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia; Hon David Templeman minister for culture and the arts; Alison Hurbert-Burns – executive director, BINGE; Stevie Cruz-Martin, set up Director; Erin Gauntlett, acting director general, DLGSC. Photography: Liang Xu