Film and television production booming in Queensland

The latest edition of the PFTC newsletter carries the announcement of another children's series and a ministerial comment 'production expenditure for the 2005-06 financial year had already reached $34
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The latest edition of the PFTC newsletter carries the announcement of another children’s series and a ministerial comment ‘production expenditure for the 2005-06 financial year had already reached $34 million’.

“Minister for the Arts, Rod Welford, said today that production expenditure for the 2005-06 financial year had already reached $34 million.

“About 1000 full-time jobs have been created as a result of this activity, as well as an economic impact on the wider community of about $75 million.

“The latest addition to the industry in south-east Queensland is a $10 million 26-episode children’s series to be produced at the Warner Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

“H2O – Just Add Water is the second major children’s television series to be filmed on the Gold Coast this year, following investment by the Pacific Film and Television Commission.

“Casting is currently underway and filming should begin in October.

“The Commission is also investing in the 26-part series Mortified, which is in production on the Gold Coast for the Nine Network, Disney Australia and the BBC.

“With the mini-series Answered by Fire and reality show Big Brother currently being filmed, and shooting wrapping on three feature films, the Gold Coast has been a hive of film and television activity in recent months.”

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