The 13-part animated series commissioned by Foxtel, Pacific Heat, has been produced by Working Dog.
Foxtel will exclusively premiere its new local comedy commission Pacific Heat on The Comedy Channel on 27 November at 8pm. Produced by Working Dog’s Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch and Michael Hirsh, the 13-part series will air on Sundays. Pacific Heat is Australia’s first adult animation.
The producers at Working Dog have sold the finished program to Netflix for streaming platforms outside Australia.
Graham Burrells, head of premium entertainment, Foxtel Networks, said, “Adult animation has always been popular on The Comedy Channel and it’s fantastic to have a homegrown Australian animation series on Foxtel. Pacific Heat is a perfect fit for our audience.”
Working Dog’s Michael Hirsh said, “We enjoy exploring new formats. Along the way, apart from TV and films, we’ve published books, created a stage production, a podcast series and experimented with animation. Making an animated series is, I guess, another example of this desire to try out different ways of doing things. We showed a few short scenes to Foxtel and they commissioned the series on the spot.
Pacific Heat is set on the glitzy, glamorous Gold Coast, a sun-drenched paradise where sun and surf meet soaring crime rates. The animated comedy series is based on the exploits of an undercover special unit known as Pacific Heat established by police authorities to tackle everyone from petty crooks to international drug cartels. Unconventional, uncompromising and with an arrest rate second to none, the “Pacific Heat” team are not afraid to operate outside the law – provided at least one of them is wearing a fluorescent safety vest.
Special Agent Todd Sommerville (voiced by Rob Sitch) is a cop unconcerned with bending the rules. Special Agent Zac Valentic (voiced by Santo Cilauro) is the tough man of the team, he’s a special breed of cop. The Chief (voiced by Tom Gleisner) has seen it all, he’s tough, street-smart and still unhappy that his peptic ulcer doesn’t entitle him to a disabled parking spot. Special Agents Maddie Riggs (voiced by Rebecca Massey) and Veronica “V.J.” Delane (voiced by Lucia Mastrantone) combine the brains and beauty of the team and possess the many skills needed to solve crimes.
The series is from the creative minds of Working Dog productions, the highly successful Australian production company responsible for incredibly popular TV series such as Have You Been Paying Attention?, Frontline, Thank God You’re Here, and The Panel.