Electric Pictures opens Sydney office
Press release from Screen NSW
Perth based production company Electric Pictures has established a Sydney office and is gearing up for production both in Sydney and other east coast capitals. Andrew Ogilvie, the CEO of Electric Pictures, has announced that Trevor Graham will join the company as its Sydney based Executive Producer. It’s not just a marriage of convenience – Ogilvie and Graham have worked together on numerous Electric Pictures productions since 2003.
Electric Pictures has an international reputation for high end documentary series and one off programs across a number of genres including, science, history, adventure, arts, politics and international affairs. It’s been in the business for almost 20 years and has strong links to international broadcasters and production companies, and a solid reputation for factual programming in Australia.
Electric has ten full time staff and now makes on average five hours of high-end factual television per year. Ogilvie says Electric’s productions have steadily increased: "Last year was the best in the company's history. We’ve always placed a great deal of emphasis on R&D, and started a full time development team very early on. We are constantly investing back into programme development, and it’s worked. People bring us ideas at an early stage."
Trevor Graham is a Bondi based Producer/Director, who spent much of his early career in Melbourne. Before joining Electric he was a Commissioning Editor for Documentary at SBS and more recently a Series Producer at the ABC. He has an enormous range of industry contacts and wealth of experience built up over his 25 years in the industry. "I feel a great deal of affinity for Andrew's work and his company, and the directors he has attracted over the years, like Steve Westh, Simon Nasht, Hugh Piper and Victoria Pitt. I'm hoping to build on those sorts of relationships, and my very wide circle of associates in the Eastern States, who I know personally and professionally, as a filmmaker, and through my work at SBS."
Electric Pictures is looking for a varied portfolio of programs to produce and to further draw on east coast writer, directors and production teams to both expand their realm of expertise and their slate – hence the opening of their Sydney office at Bondi Beach.
Ogilvie and Graham are actively seeking ideas from experienced and emerging filmmakers. “Science and History are genre's that have worked well for us. But we are experienced in producing other genre's like travel and adventure, arts and society, and politics and international affairs such as our recent series ‘Addicted to Money’ (about the Global Finance Crisis) and ‘Surviving Mumbai’ (about the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai) for the ABC” says Ogilvie.
Electric Pictures will continue to produce using its traditional programming strengths, including international co-productions and National Documentary Program funded documentaries, but is also seeking ideas for low budget longer running TV series, and programming which has a strong cross platform component, or which may even be purely for the internet.