Viacom park viable

Hameister tapped to head Oz facility

SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district.

Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed by Viacom is concluding development agreements with the Docklands Authority, and he hopes construction will start by the end of this year.

2000 target opening

Tagged Entertainment City, it’s skedded to open in late 2000 or early 2001 and will be financed chiefly by a property trust to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, plus equity from the partners.

Viacom has a majority stake alongside the other members in Bruce Gordon’s WIN Corp. (embracing Crawfords Prods., which will manage the planned three TV sound stages and one feature film stage), industrial conglom Visy Industries, Macquarie Bank and producer/entrepreneur Paul Davies’ Davies Corp.

More Biz

  • Music Streaming Revenue placeholder

    Check's In the Mail: Sony Music Disburses $750 Million to Artists in 'Spotify Windfall' (EXCLUSIVE)

    SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district. Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed […]

  • Aretha Franklin - American Soul Singer

    Aretha Franklin Funeral, Public Viewing Plans Announced

    SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district. Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed […]

  • Stan Lee

    Judge Grants Restraining Order to Protect Stan Lee

    SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district. Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed […]

  • Prince Rogers Nelson

    Prince Estate and Sony Release 23 Long-Unavailable Albums Digitally

    SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district. Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed […]

  • Rosie O'Donnell, Frankie Shaw, David Nevins,

    Showtime Takes Boutique Approach Amid Intense Competition for Talent, Premium TV Viewers

    SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district. Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed […]

  • Ryan Kavanaugh

    Relativity Media Sale to UltraV Holdings Approved by Bankruptcy Judge

    SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district. Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed […]

  • Music Streaming Revenue placeholder

    Fraud Has Become the Latest Hurdle for Music Streaming

    SYDNEY — Paul Hameister has been named managing director, Australasia, of the Viacom Themed Entertainment Group, to spearhead the development of a $A350 million ($230 million) theme park, film studio and megaplex cinema in Melbourne’s rejuvenated Docklands district. Hameister, an Australian native and former lawyer and merchant banker, told Daily Variety that a consortium headed […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content