Ashley Zuckerman in The Code, photo courtesy of Playmaker Media
Creator of the highly celebrated and multi award winning drama The Code, Shelley Birse has written and script edited some of Australia’s most respected television dramas.
Beginning her career on the ABC series GP, and story editing the final series, Shelley moved on to co-create, associate produce and co-write the 26-part series Love is a Four-Letter Word alongside Michael Miller. Her other writing credits include Wildside, Young Lions, Satisfaction, Rush and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Shelley has also worked extensively in children’s drama, including the AFI and TV Week Logie Award winning and BAFTA nominated Lockie Leonard with Tim Pye, her episode winning a Best Children’s AWGIE award in 2010.
Previously Shelley has worked in animation and live action children’s series in both Australia and Germany. She wrote extensively for the hugely popular Blue Water High, including the publication of a novel based on the series. In 2011 she was selected to participate in “Playmaker’s Screen Australia Enterprise-funded Scribe Showrunner Initiative”. This led to her creating The Code – the first season of which garnered six AACTA Awards including Best Television Drama Series and the 2014 AWGIEs Major Award and Television Miniseries Original. Shelley also received the 2015 French Fipa D’Or TV Series and Serials: Screenplay Award for The Code.