Second season of Stan’s Australian comedy No Activity launching in October
Stan has big plans for original productions for late 2016 and beyond, beginning with season 2 of its popular improvised series.
The Australian streaming scene seems to have settled into a comfortable period of stability following the massive launches of Netflix, Stan and Presto in late 2014 and early 2015. But in order to continue its significant growth strategy over 2017, StreamCo's Stan platform is investing significantly in more and more locally produced originals to launch over the next few years.
It's a strategy that has already paid dividends for Stan. Its first original show, No Activity, was nominated for three Logie Awards this year, while its follow-up show Wolf Creek was a huge success, and has recently been sold to international markets in the UK, North America and South America.
At a showcase event in Sydney today, Stan CEO Mike Sneesby confirmed that the second season of No Activity will kickstart the next stage of local content for the platform, with all episodes of the comedy available to stream on 26 October. Added to the cast for season 2 are international stars Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman, as well as local talents Susie Youssef, Kim Gyngell, Chum Ehelepola and Anthony Hayes.
To celebrate the announcement, Stan also unveiled the first official trailer for the comedy:
More local content, plenty of exclusives
While Stan has had original programming as a key pillar of its content strategy since the service's inception, the success of its initial efforts has allowed the company to further invest in local content. In addition to No Activity Season 2, Stan has announced four new local shows, set to premiere in 2017 and beyond:
Merchants of Misery
A young talent agent is left to navigate the world of gossip magazines after she inherits her father’s celebrity management company and a roster of high-profile, hard-luck stories.
The Other Guy
This hilarious and heartbreaking series follows the story of a successful radio host who finds himself single for the first time in 10 years after discovering his long-term girlfriend has been having an affair with his best friend – and to make things even more complicated, it looks like she’s pregnant.
The lives of three social outcasts intersect as they attempt to overcome their various shortcomings and find love.
Three deadbeat nobodies are entrusted with the day-to-day care of a child star.
In addition to its local content expansion, Stan will continue to offer its exclusive access to shows from Showtime and Starz, including the upcoming season of Billions, Power, and Twin Peaks, plus exclusive access to the fourth season of Sherlock and the third season of Better Call Saul.