In 2017/2018, ZAC & MIA was adapted for television by LA-based AwesomenessTV. Its two seasons are no longer airing in Australia on Paramount+, but can be found in Australia on Apple TV.
At the end of 2017, I had the privilege of spending time with the incredible cast and crew during production in Los Angeles. Then, in April 2018, I returned to LA to attend the Daytime Emmy Awards after Zac & Mia was nominated for six categories: directing, screenwriting, series, lead actress, lead actor and supporting actress. We won two of these: lead actress for Anne Winters, and screenwriting for Allen Clary. How cool is that!?
Q: Were you involved in the screenwriting?
A: No - I don't know much about screenwriting and besides, the setting has moved from Perth, Australia, to Southern California. AwesomenessTV employed the terrific Allen Clary to adapt the story for the screen. Some of the episodes were written by Andrew Rothschild, Jeanie Bergen, and Ian Weinreich.
Q: Is it different from the book?
A: Yes and no. Season 1 isn't too different (though some characters have been altered or foregrounded instead of others) whereas Season 2 has new characters and plotlines that aren't in the book. The heart of it is the same.
Q: Is it awesome?
A: Yes. Yes it is.
Zac & Mia Season 1 trailer
Zac & Mia Season 2 trailer
(Warning! Contains plot spoilers)
Kian and Anne talk about Zac & Mia