Seed Production to focus on U.S. operations

SYDNEY — In a blow to the local biz, Hugh Jackman’s shingle Seed Production (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) has shuttered its Aussie office to focus on its U.S. operations.

”We are in a transitional period,” a Seed spokesperson said in a statement. “In the meantime, we are operating from our Los Angeles office which is based on the Fox lot. We have several Australian projects in the works and will continue to play a major part in most of Australia’s film festivals.”

The Oz office, headed by Alana Free, was based at Sydney’s Fox Studios. At its star-studded launch in 2006, Jackman said the aim of Seed was to “support Australian filmmakers, to stimulate the creative community and provide international opportunities for Australian artists.”

It went some way to meeting its goal with its biggest outing, the “X-Men” prequel “Wolverine,” largely shot in Sydney locations and using local talent. Jackman also bowed a sneak-peek reel of the actioner in Sydney as a thank you to the city in April, ahead of a global launch for the film.

Seed also produced TV fare, including cricketing skein “An Aussie Goes Barmy” for paybox Foxtel.

But, as Variety reported earlier this year, Jackman and his production company have a number of Stateside vehicles in the works including the “Wolverine” sequel, which will largely be set in Japan, Fox’s “Personal Security” and “Drive.”

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