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More WA stories to make mark on primetime TV

20 Dec 2012

ScreenWest and the ABC plan to partner again to bring quality Western Australian stories to primetime television, through the ABC Matched Primetime Television Production Fund.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day today made the announcement about the fund which was first introduced in July 2008 and has brought significant recognition and economic benefits to Western Australia.

“Since 2008, more than $47million worth of production has occurred due to the fund, from a State Government investment of $6.5million,” he said.

“One of the many high profile success stories to come from the ABC Matched Primetime Television Production Fund was the feature film, Bran Nue Dae.

“As well as this, the fund has resulted in documentaries such as the Emmy Award-nominated, Surviving Mumbai, Leaky Boat, Life Architecturally, Chateau Chunder and the acclaimed series, Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? which will be back again for a second series.

“2012-13 is shaping up to be an exciting year for WA film and TV with the premiere of highly anticipated ABC drama series and WA co-production, Serangoon Road, as well as of Perth- shot documentary, Yagan and locally made telemovie, An Accidental Soldier, all supported through the ABC Matched Primetime Fund.”

ScreenWest and ABC have each committed $1.25million towards the Matched Primetime Production Fund to finance productions for the remainder of the 2012-2013 financial year.

Nine projects previously financed through the fund are scheduled to be broadcast on the ABC in 2013.

More information and fund guidelines are available at http://www.screenwest.wa.gov.au  

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