10 and NITV have now concluded the documentary series, The first inventorshosted by proud Tiwi Islander Rob Collins.
The series averaged 304,000 viewers domestically, across 10, 10 Play, NITV and SBS on Demand.
It marked the first time both broadcasters had formally co-commissioned a series, however Narelda Jacobs was shared as co-host of The point AND Sunset Ceremony on January 26.
NITV also previously partnered with ABC for the children’s show Little J and Big Cuz and earlier this year NITV and Netflix jointly announced Eddie’s little friends.
Tanya Denning-Orman, a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman and director of indigenous content at SBS, said: “We are incredibly proud of the way The first inventors has broken new ground by illuminating the history of this continent and enhancing our collective understanding as a nation of the more than 65,000 years of knowledge and cultures that continue to influence and enrich our lives. It’s great to see the public response as Australians connect with this incredible story of our country.”
Senior Vice President Content and Programming, Paramount ANZ, Daniel Monaghan said: “It is an honor to host stories of the longest continuous civilization on Earth. Not just will The first inventors give all Australians the opportunity to learn more about the country we live in, but it will also help us better understand the world we live in. Thanks to our friends at NITV, Screen Australia and Ronde Media for helping us bring these incredible stories to life.”
The First Inventors is a Ronde Pty Ltd production for NITV and Network 10. Major manufacturing investment by Screen Australia in association with NITV. Funded with support from the National Indigenous Australians Agency, with Tourism Australia, Screen NSW and Screen Territory.