NSW announces $20m fund to poach Hollywood production from VIC, QLD
Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant, currently shooting at Sydney's Fox Studios.
The NSW Government has launched a new plan to steal Hollywood blockbusters from interstate and overseas, with a new $20 million fund to boost entertainment jobs and the state’s economy.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the new Made in NSW fund would double the existing NSW Government funding for the screen industry to almost $40 million over the next two years.
“Our great state is already home to hit Aussie TV shows like Rake, A Place to Call Home and Love Child and recently accommodated big-budget international films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Alien: Covenant," Grant said.
“Now I’m putting other states and countries on notice that we’re going after their productions – who knows, NSW could host the next Star Wars blockbuster or Game of Thrones series, or we could steal Offspring from the Victorians.
“We’ve got gorgeous and unique locations, extraordinarily talented local actors, directors and producers, and world-class post-production companies.
“My message is clear – you should come here because NSW is simply the best state to make film and television, and we are putting our money where our mouth is.
Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the $20 million fund, to be managed by Screen NSW, will be included in the June 21 NSW Budget.
“More film productions in NSW will mean more jobs and investment across our great State,” Berejiklian said.
“NSW is a world-class destination for film and television production and this funding will help us attract even more productions to our State.”