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Victoria Minister for Innovation Services and Small Business Louise Asher

$10 Million Revamp For Docklands Studios Melbourne

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today unveiled state-of-the-art modifications to Stage 5 at Docklands Studios Melbourne as part of a $10 Million commitment to upgrade the Studios.

Ms. Asher said the works to Stage 5 and the workshop at Docklands Studios Melbourne has positioned the Studios to be a more flexible and valuable asset for domestic and international film and television production.

“The Studios are a world-class facility with five purpose-built state-of-the-art sound stages, a workshop and office space and are a strategic and economic asset for Victoria’s film and television industry.” Ms. Asher said.

“These works further enhance the skills and capability of the local screen industry and better support the broader film and television industry in Victoria.”

“The Studios stimulate the local economy, supporting Victoria’s film and television industry and equip Victorians with globally competitive film and television skills.” Ms. Asher said.

“Last year was a bumper year for the Studios with a diverse range of productions taking place including feature films I, Frankenstein and Patrick, television drama series Winners and Losers, audience-based series Millionaire Hot Seat and The Footy Show as well as a number of commercials and short films.”

“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting local production and attracting international production to Victoria.”

“Since December 2010, the Coalition Government has invested in 83 film and television projects, estimated to bring around $320 Million in production expenditure to Victoria, providing job opportunities for thousands of Victorians.” Ms. Asher said.

The completed modifications and associated works to Stage 5 position the Studios to facilitate light entertainment and live audience programs, and will ultimately attract more television productions to Victoria.

The modifications will enable shorter changeover times between productions, allowing greater usage by a variety of production companies, as well as allowing for audience holding, set storage and production facilities.

Permanent infrastructure, including a motorised lighting grid and dimmer platform at Stage 5, will further enhance the Studios’ ability to provide fast turnaround between productions.

The renovated workshop complex has been divided into eight bays, with new offices and improved spaces for costume, art departments and construction.

GTV9 will be the anchor tenant for Stage 5. Other production companies are able to book the facilities.

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