Barron hoists sail on ‘Ship’ in Oz

The largest TV production ever made in Western Australia, “Ship to Shore,” begins shooting April 5. Barron Films, that state’s major producer, is making the 26-episode kids series, which is being sold overseas by ABC Intl. and Canadian-based agent Paragon Intl.

Following two earlier deals, Barron Films’ managing director Paul Barron has again managed to stitch together the unorthodox arrangement of pre-selling the show locally to two webs, Nine and the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (The ABC will benefit via use of facilities and some rights.)

Almost all of the cast and crew will be West Australian; series overall will provide 60 jobs for almost a year.

Another children’s series, “Bay City,” is also being made in Western Australia. Thirteen-episode offering is being produced by Nomad Films, and is pre-sold to U.K. outfit London Films.

Costliest series

And another first for Oz TV production has been announced by Nine: It has commissioned a 13-episode series, “The Man From Snowy River,” which it claims is the most expensive of its kind.

Budgeted at almost $ A11 million ($ 7.8 million), the series starts shooting March 29.

It’s a co-production between PRO Films and Northstar Entertainment Group in the United States, where it has been pre-sold to the Family Channel.

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