ZDF Enterprises announces second season of The Bureau of Magical Things
Mainz, 27th November 2019
Jonathan M. Shiff, the internationally-renowned Queensland producer, returns to the Gold Coast with a second series of the hit children’s television project: The Bureau of Magical Things with major production investment from ZDF Enterprises, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.
The Bureau of Magical Things Season 2 continues the adventures of Kyra, a teenage girl who acquired magical powers when caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy. In this new series, when Kyra and Darra embark on a quest to find a legendary lost temple, Kyra’s orb magic accidentally awakens a dangerous object causing fairy and elf magic to malfunction. As the danger escalates, Kyra must risk everything to deal with a threat that endangers the entire magical world and brings her own identity into question.
Production will be from December 2019 to July 2020 with the original Queensland cast to return for the 20-part series led by Brisbane actress Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Family Law) as Kyra. Elizabeth Cullen and Julian Cullen (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan), brother and sister off screen, return as elf brother and sister on screen. Mia Milnes and Rainbow Wedell (Jiva) from the Gold Coast headline as fairies. Jamie Carter, also from the Gold Coast, plays Kyra’s human friend and now a member of ‘The Bureau’, while Arnijka Larcombe-Weate again plays Kyra’s problematic bestie oblivious to the magical world.
The young cast will again be joined by experienced actors Christopher Sommers (Sweet Tooth, The Water Diviner), Nicholas Bell (Mission Impossible II, Wanted), Steve Nation (Neighbours) and this season introduces Tasneem Roc (Harrow, Rake, Reef Doctors).
Producer, Jonathan M. Shiff said: “Australian children, like children all around the world, love fantasy, mystery and adventure. It’s wonderful to build on the success of the first series with a story more magical and more epic as our young heroes seek answers to their mystery not only in Australia but across South East Asia. The extraordinarily talented Queensland cast and crew, plus the stunning local locations continue to help us to achieve the highest quality production values for a global audience.”
Fred Burcksen, President and CEO, ZDF Enterprises, said: “We have been working with Jonathan and his team for so many years, we consider them family. Side by side, we have managed to put smiles on the faces of children in almost every country on Earth. We are delighted that our extremely successful partnership with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions will now be continued with the second season of The Bureau of Magical Things.”
The Bureau of Magical Things Season 2 is a Jonathan M. Shiff Productions project for Network 10 and ZDF with major production investment from ZDF Enterprises, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. It is presold to Network Ten Australia and German public broadcaster ZDF, and is distributed worldwide by ZDF Enterprises. The series is supported by City of Gold Coast Film Attraction Program.
About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in the year 1993 as a 100 % private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co-productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands. During the course of the process of development and diversification to date, it has been possible to incorporate a large number of business activities within the television and media industry within the ZDF Enterprises Group. Consequently, today ZDF Enterprises can offer a comprehensive, full-service offer that covers every step in the process of creation and utilisation of successful TV productions, from material development in all genres to production and then on to the marketing of television licenses, merchandising and online rights.
Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, 55127 Mainz/Germany, phone +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.zdf-enterprises.de.