The Victorian Government has confirmed that GTV9 will rent studio space at Docklands Studios, with a permanent booking at its Sound Stages for the next five years.
When it exits its current Richmond premises, Nine will rent Sound Stage 4 before moving into a refurbished Sound Stage 5 twelve months later.
Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings said, “The film and TV facilities at Docklands are world class. The Nine Network’s decision is a massive vote of confidence for the studio and recognition of the high quality of the Victorian screen industry.”
CEO David Gyngell said, “Our decision to continue the production of shows like The Footy Show and Millionaire Hot Seat in Victoria allows us to maintain our strong production presence in Melbourne.
“Melbourne has always been the traditional home of television for the Nine Network. Many of the greatest shows of all time have been produced here, including The Don Lane Show, In Melbourne Tonight, Sale of the Century and Hey Hey it’s Saturday.
“Today’s announcement will ensure that tradition continues.”
Nine will move its local production into Sound Stage 4 from Bendigo Street in January.
Central City Studios has previously been home to productions including 1 vs 100, The Pacific, Satisfaction, Stephen King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Beat the Star, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and Iron Chef Australia.
Nine’s Richmond site has been sold to property developers to make way for inner city apartments.
Nine’s new corporate headquarters with smaller studios for News and Current Affairs will be nearby in the Docklands precinct.