News in Brief: What a week – Bluey joy, Feds whack sector, fests are back!

Cry, laugh, fight, keep going. It's hard to know where to start, but Bluey will do. Queensland is the centre of the universe in this roundup of policy, production, awards and opportunities.

The impossibly cute award-winning animation series Bluey has just been greenlit for a third series. The ABC, BBC Studios and Screen Australia were thrilled to make this announcement today, perhaps as an antidote to all the disturbing news for children’s television coming out of this week’s announcements around local content quota ‘relaxation’.

Starring Australia’s favourite Blue Heelers, Ludo Studio will commence production on series three in Brisbane later this year. Australian viewers can watch new episodes from series 2 from Monday 26 October, but in other heartwarming and wholesome Bluey news, a special sneak episode will drop for Grandparents Day, Sunday 25th October. Fans can record a fun message for their Grandparents, or any beloved seniors in their lives, using the interactive Bluey AR Filter.  

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk