Niki AkenScreenwriter | Script Producer

Niki Aken is an award-winning writer and script producer for television, working across drama and comedy. Niki co-wrote The Hunting (SBS / Closer Productions), a drama that follows the fallout of a high school sexting scandal, which earned Niki the 2019 AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television.

Niki wrote on the series Significant Others, currently in production and slated for release in 2022. Niki wrote an episode The Newsreader (ABC), winner of Best Drama series at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards and winner of the TV Week Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series. In addition, Niki script produced the comedy series Why Are You Like This (ABC / CKOL).

In 2018, Niki script produced the critically acclaimed comedy-drama series Upright, starring Tim Minchin, which won the 2020 AACTA Award for Best Comedy Series. Upright was nominated for Best International Drama in the 2020 Edinburgh TV Awards.

Niki co-wrote the historical WW1 mini-series ANZAC Girls, which offers a previously untold perspective on the Gallipoli story. In 2014, ANZAC Girls won the Best Adapted Screenplay AWGIE, and was the most watched Australian drama series on the ABC that year. Niki wrote on multiple seasons of acclaimed legal thriller Janet King (ABC), as well as script editing the second series. She was script editor for the second series of comedy series Squinters for ABC / Jungle, and was one of three writers to adapt U.S. thriller Chosen for Playmaker Media. Her other credits include the crime series Hyde and Seek for Matchbox Pictures and Seven’s rating hit The Secret Daughter.

Prior to this Niki wrote on the true-crime drama Underbelly: Badness which won the Best Original Miniseries AWGIE in 2013.

Niki is currently in development on a number of film and television projects.

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