Baird Government to spend $20 million chasing Hollywood
A $20 MILLION carrot has been dangled before Hollywood filmmakers' muzzles as the New South Wales Government tries to get more TV and movies shot in the state.
Arts Minister Troy Grant said the plan was to steal blockbuster movies and cult television series from both interstate and overseas with new funds to boost entertainment jobs.
Flanked by Australian thespians including Miranda Tapsell from new ABC series Cleverman and veteran actor Bryan Brown, Mr Grant launched the $20 million funding pool at Fox Studios in Sydney.
"Our great state is already home to hit Aussie TV shows like Rake, A Place to Call Home and Love Child and recently accommodated big-budget international films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Alien: Covenant," Mr Grant said.
"Now I'm putting other states and countries on notice that we're going after their productions - who knows, NSW could host the next Star Wars blockbuster or Game of Thrones series, or we could steal Offspring from the Victorians.
"We've got gorgeous and unique locations, extraordinarily talented local actors, directors and producers, and world-class post-production companies.
"My message is clear - you should come here because NSW is simply the best state to make film and television, and we are putting our money where our mouth is."
The spending package, dubbed Made in NSW, doubles existing government funding for the screen industry to almost $40 million over the next two years.
The fund will be managed by Screen NSW and used to attract international film and television and support major Australian TV drama.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the $20 million funding would be included in the June 21 NSW Budget.
"More film productions in NSW will mean more jobs and investment across our great state," Ms Berejiklian.
"NSW is a world-class destination for film and television production and this funding will help us attract even more productions to our state."
The Baird Government gave an undisclosed figure to the producers of Mad Max: Fury Road last year, claiming the hit movie's production would create 720 jobs and create $26 million for the state's economy. - ARM NEWSDESK