One of Australia’s most successful television production companies, Screentime, will open an office in Adelaide and commence production of hit TV show RBT on Adelaide streets from July.
Screentime says its decision to open in Adelaide is in response to its growing slate of South Australian television productions that includes high end drama Pine Gap currently filming in Adelaide, the recently completed Wolf Creek and from July, Australia's number one factual show - RBT.
Screentime SA will be headed up by accomplished series producer and director Colin Thrupp, who takes up the post in July and will work closely with executive producer Basia Bonkowski to transition the hit show RBT to South Australian streets. Screentime SA will produce the 12th season of RBT for Channel Nine, working closely with Inspector Colin Cunningham of the SA Police Media Unit and the local freelance production community to bring a South Australian touch to the popular factual franchise.
“I am very excited to return to Adelaide and committed to working with the South Australian sector and creating opportunities with them," said Mr Thrupp. "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."
"Our audience love RBT – the diligence and patience of the police and the extraordinary stories they hear from drivers up to no good on our roads," said Nine's Head of Content Production and Development, Adrian Swift. "We’re thrilled to be going to South Australia to discover a new police force and a lot of new stories as they keep our roads safe and disastrous drivers under control. We congratulate Screentime on the move and thank SA Police and the SAFC for their support of the production."
This is the first time Screentime, a Banijay Group company, has opened an office outside Sydney in the 22-year history of the company. Its expansion into South Australia has been made possible by a two-year funding allocation from the Arts South Australia- funded South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) under the Television Company Partnership Initiative.
Screentime SA will continue the company’s strong collaboration with the SAFC and is looking to attract, develop and produce fiction and non-fiction productions working closely with the independent production community in South Australia.
"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," said SAFC CEO, Courtney Gibson. "Screentime is one of Australia’s leading forces in non-scripted and its fantastic having someone with Colin’s peerless credentials driving the development of production with the local sector via Screentime SA."
In addition to crews and services this boost in production will take advantage of the State’s world-class facilities including Adelaide Studios’ state-of-the-art sound stages, production offices, post-production facilities and stunning locations across city and State.
South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall said he is pleased to welcome both the primetime household hit and credentialed production company Screentime to the State.
“This is good news for the business of film and television in South Australia, bringing opportunities to grow the sector and see our world-class crews and services busy working while developing the skills of our local talent.”