Village exec to the Moon

Dajani venture aims to service offshore productions

SYDNEY– Danielle Dajani is leaving July 30 after 10 years as general manager of Village Roadshow’s production services banner to set up her own shingle, Moonlit Entertainment.

The exec is talking to potential local partners, which may determine whether she is based in Sydney or Melbourne.

Her aim is to service offshore productions, mainly concentrating on New South Wales and Victoria, and to get involved in local films.

At Village Roadshow Production Management, Dajani worked on a slew of projects including Warner Bros./VRP’s “House of Wax,” Miramax’s “The Great Raid” and U.S. telepics “Dynasty: Behind the Scenes” and “The Mystery of Natalie Wood.”

“I’m talking to a number of U.S. productions about filming in Australia and a few local companies who are interested in working alongside a production services company,” she said.

Dajani laments a paucity of telepics heading Down Under. She blames the government’s move in May to extend the 12.5% tax rebate for features to TV series that spend at least A$15 million ($10.5 million) in Oz but not to permit producers to bundle telepics to meet that threshold.

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