The Victorian television industry is set to continue its strong slate of production, with today’s announcement of a new initiative between Film Victoria and the ABC.
The ABC Content Initiative will help secure a pipeline of television titles over the next two years delivering an estimated $80 million in production expenditure in the state.
Victoria’s leading production companies – including December Media, Every Cloud Productions and Matchbox Pictures – will provide new and returning television projects across drama, comedy, documentary and online.
The first projects announced through the initiative are the fifth series of the popular The Doctor Blake Mysteries and a new eight-part drama series Newton’s Law, with more to be announced in the coming months.
The initiative will also feature professional development to ensure Victoria’s talented writers, directors and producers have the opportunities to enhance their skills.
An estimated 19 projects are expected to be supported over the next two years.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Victoria is playing a strong role in ensuring we see more rich and diverse Australian content.”
“This is the next step in recognising the contribution creative industries make to our state, and the artistic, cultural, social and economic benefits of our strong screen sector.”
Quotes attributable to Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi
“This dedicated pipeline of activity will ensure our talented creative and crews can continue to excel in their craft, while Victorian companies are provided certainty to encourage ongoing investment in their businesses.”
Quotes attributable to ABC Director of Television Richard Finlayson
“The Victorian Government has recognised the huge cultural and economic benefits that flow from supporting television production.”
“In recent years it has positioned the state as the home of Australian drama in particular. The ABC, and most importantly our audience, is enormously grateful for its commitment.”