One of the industry’s top producers, Mark Fennessy has officially launched a new production company with 2 new Sydney series already planned for production in 2022. The new company, Helium, takes Fennessy back to his independent roots and aims to produce film (Helium Pictures), TV (Helium Studios) and music (Helium Records).
As reported in IF Magazine Helium’s initial projects include ‘Last King of the Cross‘, a 10 part series based on Sam and John Ibrahim’s story; feature film ‘6 Festivals’, both for Paramount+, and 6 hour miniseries ‘Sex and Thugs and Rock n Roll‘, which tells the story of Billy Thorpe in 1960s Sydney, in advanced development.
Helium is the latest venture for Mark and his brother Carl, who have a stellar track record in film and TV production. They started indie production company, Crackerjack (later merged with Freemantle and Grundy to become Freemantle Media), going on to form Shine with Elisabeth Murdoch (merged with Endemol to become Endemol Shine). They have produced hours of local drama, reality TV programs and documentaries including Australian Idol, Australia’s Got Talent, The Farmer Wants a Wife, The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, MasterChef, Beauty & The Geek, The Bachelor, Shark Tank, The Voice, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, Lambs of God, Catching Milat and Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door.
With a legacy like this, great new locally produced content and opportunities seem inevitable. More to come on this…
📷: Mark Fennessy: IF Magazine