Victoria’s new studio: The best laid plans of mice and men

With US producer Dick Cook setting up shop, crews will have a couple of years of work as Docklands grows a 'superstudio'.

On a cool Saturday morning, the Victorian and Australian governments finally went public on a deal which involves a survivor of the internal management wars at Disney, $46 million for a new studio in the Docklands complex, plus incentives from both levels of governments to bring two multi-book franchises to the local industry.

The Federal Minister Paul Fletcher spoke in general terms. Premier Daniel Andrews revealed his knowledge of the details and a certain fighting determination to enforce the terms of trade. The local producers and crew representatives were very happy. There was no trace of the grumpiness about the fondness for infrastructure investment rather than production development. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.