Screentime names head of its new office in SA, will produce ‘RBT’ for Nine
Screentime has appointed experienced producer/director Colin Thrupp as head of its new office in South Australia, which has kicked off by producing the 12th season of RBT for the Nine Network.
Thrupp, who created and directed a raft of shows including Croc College, Jillaroo School, Adventure Angler and Marine Wildlife Rescue for his SA production company Travelling Tale Productions, will take up the new role in July.
He will work closely with executive producer Basia Bonkowski, Inspector Colin Cunningham of the SA Police media unit and the local freelance production community to bring a South Australian touch to the RBT franchise.
The launch of the Screentime outpost, the first in its 22-year history, follows the SAFC’s announcement last November to provide $250,000 over two years to Screentime and NBCUniversal’s Matchbox Pictures to help fund their Adelaide offices’ overheads, travel and series development.
Screentime’s Pine Gap commissioned by the ABC and Netflix wraps shooting in Adelaide on Friday. The Banijay-owned company filmed the ABC’s ANZAC Girls and both seasons of Stan’s Wolf Creek in the State.
“I am very excited to return to Adelaide and committed to working with the South Australian sector and creating opportunities with them,” says Thrupp, whose recent credits include Air Rescue, The Embassy, Dr Karl’s Outrageous Acts of Science and Moment of Truth for Fredbird Entertainment.
“There is so much exciting talent within South Australia and I look forward to working with local screen content makers to bring compelling and meaningful stories to Australian and international audiences.”
SAFC CEO Courtney Gibson added: “Attracting Screentime to open an office in the State is all about maximising opportunities for South Australian creatives and crews, not just in drama but also in non-scripted production. Screentime is one of Australia’s leading forces in non-scripted and it’s fantastic having someone with Colin’s peerless credentials driving the development of production with the local sector via Screentime SA.”