Screen Producers Awards 2019: winners

Bluey producers Ludo Studios are the big winners at the annual Screen Producers Awards.

Ludo Studios were the big winners at the Screen Producers Awards held last night in Melbourne, hosted by Ed Kavalee.

Ludo won Production Business of the Year from a competitive field of production companies.

Two of their productions were also recognised with Bluey as Animated Series Production of the Year and Robbie Hood as Online Production of the Year.

Ludo also tied for Screen Business Export of the Year with Porchlight Films for Animal Kingdom (now in its 4th season in the US).

Matchbox Pictures won the SDIN Diversity Award with Mustangs FC as Children’s Series Production of the Year. Producer Kevin Whyte saw both Rosehaven and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering awarded.

In Drama both Bloom and Lambs of God were winners.

Former managing director at Film Finances, Anni Browning, was presented with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award and Top End Wedding won the Feature Film category.

Ludo Studios

“I am constantly impressed by our members. Whether for the big screen or a smartphone screen, the content they produce is a true testament to the enduring power of story and every day their work helps to shape our sense of national identity and makes a significant contribution to our economy. I commend not only tonight’s winners and nominees but also the whole SPA membership, for continuing to innovate and thrive in this time of evolution,” said Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner.

TV and related categories (winners in bold):

Production Business of the Year
Goalpost Pictures
Ludo Studio
Matchbox Pictures
WildBear Entertainment

Drama Series Production of the Year
• Doctor Doctor, Easy Tiger Productions
• Wentworth, Fremantle
• Five Bedrooms, Hoodlum
• Tidelands, Hoodlum
• Glitch, Matchbox Pictures
• The Heights, Matchbox Pictures & For Pete’s Sake Productions
• Bloom, Playmaker Media
• Diary of an Uber Driver, Revlover Films

Telemovie or Mini Series Production of the Year
• The Hunting, Closer Productions
• The Cry, December Media
• Fighting Season, Goalpost Pictures
• Lambs of God, Lingo Pictures
• On the Ropes, Lingo Pictures
• Les Norton, Roadshow Rough Diamond

Comedy Program or Series Production of the Year
• Mr Black, CJZ
• Get Krack!n, Guesswork Television & Katering Productions
• Squinters, Jungle Entertainment
• The Family Law, Matchbox Pictures
• How To Stay Married, Princess Pictures
• Rosehaven, What Horse? & Guesswork Television

Light Entertainment Series Production of the Year
• Grand Designs Australia, Fremantle
• The Recording Studio, Fremantle
• Restoration Australia, Fremantle
• Australia’s Got Talent, Fremantle
• The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, Thinkative Television
• Hard Quiz, Thinkative Television

Children’s Series Production of the Year
• Drop Dead Weird, Ambience Entertainment & Air Pig Productions
• Random and Whacky, Ambience Entertainment
• Project Planet, Emerald Films & Metamorflix
• Mustangs FC, Matchbox Pictures
• Nowhere Boys: The Battle for Negative Space, Matchbox Pictures
• Hardball, Northern Pictures

Animated Series Production of the Year
• Dumbotz, Blue Rocket Productions
• Bluey, Ludo Studio

Documentary Program or Series Production of the Year
• Blue Water Empire, Bunya Productions
• Body Hack, Essential Media Group
• Family Rules, Metamorflix
• Secret Life of Death, Mint Pictures
• Magical Land of Oz, Northern Pictures
• Employable Me, Northern Pictures
• Outback Truckers, Prospero Productions
• Australian Crime Stories, The Full Box

Online Series Production of the Year
• Patricia Moore, Cobbstar Productions
• Location Scouts, Goalpost Pictures
• Robbie Hood, Ludo Studio and Since 1788 Productions
• A Chance Affair, Noble Savage Pictures
• Superwog, Princess Pictures
• Lucy & DiC, We Made a Thing

Breakthrough Business of the Year
Closer Productions
Lingo Pictures
LateNite Films
The Full Box

Screen Business Export of the Year
Fremantle (Wentworth)
Hoodlum (Tidelands)
Ludo Studio (Bluey) tie
Porchlight Films (Animal Kingdom) tie

Services and Facilities Business of the Year
CATO Location Services
Count Out Loud
Roar Digital
Tracks Post Production

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