Sydney suburb slates studio

Anderson tapped for CEO

SYDNEY — Another six-stage studio complex is planned for suburban Sydney, where Fox Studios Australia monopolizes most work.

Property developer Paul Williams has lodged a planning application for the 10,000 square-meter Serenity Cove Studio site in Kurnell, 30 minutes south of the city center.

Kingston Anderson, ex-liaison officer with the New South Wales Film and Television Office, has been tapped CEO.

If Serenity Cover goes ahead it “would be the biggest soundstage complex in Sydney after FSA,” Williams said. Work is to begin January, with completion in 2004.

FSA productions tap government payroll tax rebates, but local producers complain they are priced out of contention for space by international productions such as “The Matrix” and the “Star Wars” prequels.

Serenity Cove’s four film and two TV studios could be an alternative for local producers, but the outer-city location could be a problem. Two long-established sites in Melbourne, similar distances from the city center, will close because productions prefer being centrally located.

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