Melbourne’s Docklands studios are about to get an upgrade to attract more television productions.
Fairfax newspapers report the Victorian Government plans to spend $10 million to upgrade Central City Studios and modify the largest sound stage to enable it to host two television productions simultaneously. Until now it can host only one production at a time.
Upgrades will include new flooring suitable for TV productions, additional storage facilities to house sets, and the widening of roads throughout the studio complex to improve access for large trucks.
Some of the money will also be allocated to a study to establish the feasibility of building a horizon tank for film work.
The government announced $4.4 million in the May budget. The additional $5.6 million is new money, not contingent on the Brumby government being re-elected in November.
Seven is currently filming Iron Chef Australia at Docklands and Beat the Star was also filmed there. TEN has been filming Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation at Docklands while Nine has used the site for 1 vs 100 and Hole in the Wall. It has also housed Satisfaction, The Pacific and Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes.
When Nine relocates to a nearby corporate centre, it is expected to draw upon the site more.
However the issue for many Victorian producers has not been one of facilities at Central City Studios -but the whopping pricetag to rent it.