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ABC’S Teenage Boss returns to South Australia with new host Emma Watkins

04 April 2024
New Teenage Boss host Emma Watkins, image supplied.

The ABC and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) have announced that production is currently underway in South Australia on the third season of Teenage Boss, the entertaining, educational and compelling social experiment that sees Australian teens take hold of their household spending.

The cost of living in soaring and spending is as easy as a click of a button. Enter Teenage Boss: Next Level!

Under the guidance of brand-new host Emma Watkins (The Amazing Race, Emma Memma), in each episode a South Australian teenager will assume responsibility for their family’s budget for an entire month. Cutting through to young people in a way only Emma can, the aim is to teach the teen (and the family) how to spend money in a sensible and balanced way.

Produced by McAvoy Media and award-winning executive producer John McAvoy for ABC Children and Family, this is the second season of Teenage Boss to be filmed in South Australia, featuring South Australian families and with a team of South Australian screen creatives involved including Adelaide Studios based unscripted creative Colin Thrupp as co-executive producer.

Emerging SA production office department crew are invited to apply for a Production Office attachment on the series, with applications open until 18 April, 2024 through the SAFC’s Professional Crew Attachments program. The successful candidate will complete a paid nine-week production office attachment running 29 April to 28 June, 2024, working under the guidance of an experienced Production Manager. For more information and to apply, click the button below.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said After the success of South Australia’s involvement in the second season of Teenage Boss we are delighted to welcome McAvoy Media back to the state. The latest production to be supported through the ABC SAFC Content Pipeline Fund, this exciting new series will boost South Australia’s capability in the factual and documentary television production space by expanding and diversifying our bench of experienced factual crew, employing a team of creative South Australians in the field including leading unscripted creative Colin Thrupp.”

ABC Head of Children and Family Libbie Doherty said, “We are so excited to have Emma Watkins lead a new lively bunch of Teenage Bosses, building their financial literacy and teaching viewers to do the same, one South Australian family at a time.”

Host Emma Watkins said: “I’m thrilled to join the beloved show, Teenage Boss for its third series. I’m looking forward to working through the challenges of managing budgets with the teens themselves and hoping to learn a thing or two myself. Tighten your purse strings – I’m on my way!”

McAvoy Media CEO John McAvoy said: “Teenage Boss is a show packed full of natural jeopardy and hilarious, laugh out loud moments. All the while delivering a critically important message to teens rights across Australia. And now, with the hugely talented Emma Watkins in charge, it’s about to go Next Level.”

Teenage Boss: Next Level will be coming to the ABC later this year. 

Teenage Boss: Next Level is a McAvoy Media production for ABC Children and Family. Principal production investment from ABC, in association with Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC). Post Production in South Australia and NSW with funding from the South Australian and New South Wales Governments through the SAFC and Screen NSW. Produced by award-winning executive producer John McAvoy with South Australian based Colin Thrupp serving as co-executive producer. ABC Children and Family’s Commissioning Editor is Mary Ellen Mullane. Distribution by All3 Media International.

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