Sweet Potato Films is a boutique production company focused on high-concept screen stories for international audiences. Inspired by myth, folklore, and the ever present search for the extraordinary...
Showrunner / Producer
SPF is lead by Vicki Madden, one of Australia’s most accomplished television creatives with over 25 years experience as a writer, script producer and showrunner. Her wide ranging career has spanned internationally steering high-level television drama not only in Australia but also the UK and Ireland including The Bill, Lynda LaPlante’s Trial and Retribution, and celebrated Irish drama The Clinic. In Australia her credits include much loved and successful series such as Water Rats, Blood Brothers and Halifax FP.
From an early career honing her craft on seminal long-running dramas including The Flying Doctors and G.P., Vick has emerged as a driving force of high-end television in Australia as both Showrunner and Producer.
Her acclaimed supernatural drama series, The Kettering Incident, premiered on Foxtel in 2016 and went on to be the highest rating Australian cable TV drama. It was also lauded by critics and received the Grand Jury prize as Series mania, Paris.
Under the SweetPotatoFilms banner Vicki has gathered a suite of creative collaborators to forge a new brand of screen storytelling that is bold, ambitious and always beyond the ordinary. SPF is currently in development of a slate of new TV, digital and feature productions with companies and creatives in the UK, US and in Australia.
Mike Jones is a writer and script editor, well known as an expert in speculative and dark genre narratives. He has worked in script development with companies including the ABC, WarnerBros, Porchlight, Jungle Entertainment, Princess Pictures and Everycloud Productions. He has also lead long-form script development labs for Google/YouTube, and is story consultant to ABC Signature studios in the US.
Previously Mike has worked as script-producer for the ABC across a slate of projects including youth-drama 'Deadlock' and comic-drama series; 'F*cking Adelaide', 'Other People's Problems', 'Wrong Kind of Black', and 'Edge of the Bush’. He was co-creator of the virtual-reality detective-thriller ‘VRNoir: A Day Before the Night’ and co-writer of speculative fiction VR mystery thriller, ‘Awake’ which premiered at SXSW in 2018.
Mike previously served as a development consultant to ScreenAustralia and as a novelist Mike is author of ‘The Transgressions Cycle’, a three-book series of supernatural gothic novels published by Simon&Schuster. Mike’s early career spanned writing for theatre, working as a screen industry journalist, and he previously lectured in story & writing at the Australian Film TV & Radio School.
Mike began his collaboration with Sweet Potato Films serving as story consultant on the celebrated supernatural mystery drama, 'The Kettering Incident'. And he now works with showrunner, Vicki Madden, to develop the SPF slate of compelling international drama projects.