Grace is a global independent film and television development and production outfit led by filmmaker and multi-hyphenate Josh Wakely. Grace’s output is distinguished by innovation and imaginative creative and business partnerships, combined to cultivate transformative storytelling.
Based in Australia and the US, Grace is committed to producing intelligent, elevated, talent driven film and television projects for a worldwide audience.
Grace has a subsidiary music label, Melodia, created as a joint venture with Universal Music Group’s Republic Records.
Grace: a storytelling company is a leading film, television and creative technologies enterprise led by writer, director and entrepreneur Josh Wakely. The company, based in Sydney and Los Angeles, produces a broad range of music-centric projects for worldwide audiences, and is currently in production and development on a multitude of original endeavors.
Through Wakely, Grace has secured rights to Universal Music Group’s extensive recorded master and publishing catalogues in addition to three of the world’s most revered music publishing catalogues – Northern Songs (The Beatles), Jobete and Stone Diamond (Motown) and Bob Dylan’s entire songbook. Grace has produced and will continue to create scripted entertainment based on the songs, stories and characters found within these catalogues.
Among its most recent projects is the Emmy-winning “Beat Bugs,” an animated television series for children and families inspired by the music of The Beatles. Seasons 1 and 2 of “Beat Bugs” is available worldwide via Netflix, in addition to broadcasting on the Seven Network and Nick Jr. in Australia. "Beat Bugs” has been honoured with a host of accolades, including one Daytime Emmy win, five Daytime Emmy nominations, and an AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for “Best Children’s Television Series.” “Beat Bugs” is produced by Grace in conjunction with Beyond Screen Production and Thunderbird.
Currently in production is another Netflix original animated series based on the Jobete and Stone Diamond catalogues, which comprise hundreds of Motown’s greatest and most popular compositions. The currently untitled series centers around a Detroit-based African-American family, and each episode is inspired by themes and characters from iconic Motown hits.
Additionally, Grace is developing “Time Out Of Mind,” a live-action adult scripted series based on the songs and characters found in Bob Dylan’s compositions. “Time Out Of Mind” is in pre-production and will be produced with Lionsgate Television.
With broad access to UMG’s illustrious collection of catalogues, Grace is developing three television series all based on the music found within them: “27,” “Melody Island,” and “Mixtape.” These projects will be produced under Grace/Beyond, a joint production company between Wakely's Grace: a storytelling company and Beyond International Limited. “27” is a live-action drama, featuring both linear and interactive storytelling, that explores the life circumstances behind a fictionalized variety of characters coming to a crossroads at the age of 27, based on the legendary musicians, artists and entertainers who died tragically at that pivotal age. “Melody Island” is an animated series for children in which each episode will feature a story inspired by a classic UMG song with an uplifting message and tropical island feeling. “Mixtape” is a live-action episodic drama chronicling the pivotal ups and downs that define the relationships, love and heartbreak of the stories’ characters. Each episode is based on and connected to an iconic song on a mixtape that frames a 12-track/episode season.
Keeping in tune with groundbreaking storytelling driven by some of the world’s most beloved music, Grace has a wide range of other projects coming soon.