The story of Superwog
Founded in 2008 by sketch-comedy duo (and brothers) Nathan and Theo Saidden, the Superwog YouTube channel has garnered an extraordinary 245+ million YouTube views and more than 1.3 million subscribers.1
In July 2017, they uploaded their first television-length episode The Superwog Pilot. Funded by Screen Australia and YouTube as part of the Skip Ahead initiative, it took less than 24 hours to hit 500,000 views, and less than four days to hit one million. It became the top trending YouTube video in Australia of 2017, and by the end of 2018/19 had 7.7 million views.
A new comedy series simply titled Superwog followed, which continued on from the pilot episode centred around a flawed teenager and his crazed suburban family. Produced by Princess Pictures, it received principal production investment from Screen Australia and debuted in October 2018. It ended up amassing more than 27 million views on YouTube alone, with a parallel-run on ABC Comedy.
“It was crazy. We got like a million in two days,” Theo said. “I think as time goes on people can see that online and Video On Demand is where the eyeballs are.”
Screen Australia-funded titles had more than 33.4 million views across YouTube and Facebook in 2018/19.
- $4.3 million was committed to 36 new projects through the Online Production fund and special initiatives in 2018/19
- 18 online projects received $383,000 in development support through the Story Development program.
Over and Out wins at Canneseries
Created by Adele Vuko and Christiaan Van Vuuren, the comedy series about parenting in a post-apocalyptic world of zombies and monsters won Best Short Form at Canneseries in April 2019. Directed by Connor Van Vuuren and produced by Midwinter Films, it was created through the Google/Screen Australia initiative Skip Ahead.
See appendix 3 for a full list of projects funded through Screen Australia’s Online programs in 2018/19.
DID YOU KNOW?
Skip Ahead alumni Aunty Donna began a staggered release of their new web series titled Glennridge Secondary College in February 2019.
- As at July 2019 ↩