25 September 2023

ABC joins in support for screen art

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the NSW arts policy and funding body, Create NSW, have announced the recipients of $445,000 in funding to support diverse and innovative storytellers across the State.

The funding supports more than 530 NSW-based screen production jobs across three initiatives.

Acting Director of Entertainment and Specialist at the ABC, Michael Carrington said that as the nation’s largest creative employer the ABC was proud to support the funding recipients in bringing their bold content to life.

“The richness and diversity of these projects across comedy, drama and virtual reality technologies will showcase homegrown talent and stories for our audiences across the country,” Mr Carrington said.

Acting Director, Screen Investment, Engagement and Attraction at Create NSW, Sally Regan said that from vampire slayers in Parramatta, destigmatising mental illness in regional towns and a virtual reality haunting experience, the funding enabled local employment through the creation and development of a series of intriguing and important stories for NSW and beyond.

“We’re extremely proud to be able to encourage such diversity and excited about seeing these stories reach a broad range of Australian audiences through our collaboration with the ABC,” Ms Regan said.

Their comments were supported by Executive Director of Western Sydney’s Information + Cultural Exchange, John Kirkman, which is partnering with Create NSW and the ABC on the funding of the Digital First Comedy Initiative.

“These are stories from Western Sydney-based creatives that are universal, unique, funny and well able to resonate with local and global audiences and communities,” Mr Kirkman said.

The other two initiatives are the Half Hour Drama Development Initiative and the 360 Vision VR Development Initiative.

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