Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business and Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher
Melbourne Secures The Logies And Screen Producers Association Of Australia Conference
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business and Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher today announced that Melbourne has retained the TV Week Logie Awards for the next five years, and has secured the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) Conference for an initial period of three years.
Speaking at an industry event on the eve of the TV Week Logie Awards, Ms Asher said the Victorian Coalition Government had secured the SPAA Conference, the southern hemisphere’s largest and Australia’s premier business and networking conference for film, television and new media producers.
Ms. Asher also announced that Melbourne will retain the Logies, the most important event of the year for Australia’s television community.
“I am delighted that the Coalition Government has been able to secure the SPAA Conference, and that the Logies will remain in their rightful home in Melbourne for another five years.” Ms. Asher said.
“Attracting a high profile event such as the SPAA Conference to Melbourne and retaining the Logies shows the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to the screen industry.”
“Since December 2010, the Coalition Government has supported more than 40 film and television productions which are expected to generate more than $200 Million in production expenditure for the state.” Ms. Asher said.
Based on 2009/10 data, Access Economics estimates that the total value-added contribution of the Victorian screen sector is approximately $1.4 Billion.
Ms. Asher said securing hosting rights for these two major screen industry events was a further vote of confidence in the strength of Victoria’s local screen industry, as well as Melbourne’s reputation as a creative and innovative major events hub.
“As well as providing a unique opportunity to promote Victoria’s screen industry, the Logies and the SPAA Conference will be instrumental in attracting key interstate and international screen industry decision makers to Victoria.” Ms. Asher said.
“Securing these important screen industry events in Melbourne will ensure our local practitioners have the opportunity to engage with high profile industry practitioners and participate in a range of strategic opportunities, enabling them to showcase their extraordinary talent and their diverse slate of projects.”
The Nine Network’s Managing Director Jeffrey Browne said he was delighted that with the support of the Coalition Government and Crown, the hugely successful TV Week Logie Awards would remain at Crown for the next five years.
“This is despite interest from other states to move the awards ceremony away from their traditional home.” Mr. Browne said.
“The TV Week Logie Awards ceremony is truly television’s night of nights and all of us who are privileged to work in our industry are very proud to be able to showcase the best that television has to offer, at Crown, in Melbourne, for the next five years.”
The Screen Producers Association of Australia’s Executive Director Geoff Brown said the SPAA Conference was returning to Melbourne after an absence of ten years.
“I’d like to thank the Victorian Coalition Government for supporting this initiative.” Mr. Brown said.
“Melbourne, with its variety of first class venues and its dedicated arts precincts, presents itself as the best venue in Australia for the SPAA Conference. We look forward to hosting Australia’s premier film and television conference in Australia’s cultural and innovation capital.”
The 2012 SPAA Conference will be held over three days in November and the 2012 TV Week Logie Awards are on Sunday 15 April. Hamish Blake won the Gold Logie.