Playmaker Media is behind a new TV miniseries profiling iconic 60s rock band The Easybeats.
Friday on My Mind is one of seven local television dramas funded under the new $20m Made in NSW Fund, announced by the NSW Government earlier this year.
The productions will bring $68,319,296 in investment to NSW and create an estimated 3,158 skilled jobs. Screen NSW has invested $3.5 million to attract all 20 productions to NSW.
The Made in NSW productions include Monkey, a family action adventure television series based on the Chinese legend ‘Journey to The West’ produced by the Academy-Award winning See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech); Fighting Season, about Australian soldiers returning from Afghanistan, from the producers of The Sapphires and Cleverman.
Director Nash Edgerton’s debut as a TV series director, Mr In Between, produced by Michelle Bennett, is about a about a charismatic, yet volatile hitman from production company Jungle. Pulse is the new series from producers Kristine Wyld and Antony Ginnane, set in in the life and death world of the cardio-thoracic ward of a major teaching hospital. Both series have also received Made in NSW funding.
“With the Made in NSW fund we set out to attract high-end, distinctive local TV production to NSW, as well as to support the attraction of significant footloose production. Just six months in, the Fund is having a big impact. It has revitalized local television drama production and has brought big international productions here such as Jackie Chan’s Bleeding Steel and Animal Logic’s Peter Rabbit movie,” said Screen NSW CEO, Courtney Gibson.
In addition to the Made in NSW projects, a further 13 productions have received production investment from Screen NSW including the TV series The Letdown, which sees two female writers Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell working with No Activity and New Girl director Trent O’Donnell in the first narrative comedy series produced by Giant Dwarf, the team behind The Chaser and The Checkout. Also funded is animation series The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill.
Production will be spread across the state with the youth-focused multiplatform series Deadlock to be made in the Northern Rivers, Fighting Season to film in Broken Hill and documentary Teach a Man to Fish to film in Manning Valley. Pulse, Fighting Season, on-line comedy series Mustafa Needs a Wife and a fourth series of Janet King are to be filmed in Western Sydney, and the feature film, The Merger, is to be shot in director Mark Grentell’s home town of Wagga Wagga,