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Oz getting a taste of ‘Greenlight’

'Project' goes Down Under

SYDNEY — Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s “Project Greenlight” concept is coming to Australia.

Paybox Movie Network, owned by Warners, Disney and Roadshow, said Tuesday it will launch a competition for first-time filmmakers that will be turned into a 12-part documentary, “Project Greenlight Australia,” chronicling the production of an A$1 million ($740,000) pic from the winning script. The film will get a theatrical release in Oz.

Movie Network will team with indie producer Screentime on the doc and feature. The winning writer-director or filmmaking team will be selected by their peers and industry professionals.

Affleck, Damon and Chris Moore of LivePlanet partnered with Miramax in 2000 to produce the first “Project Greenlight” series and a feature, “Stolen Summer.”

There have been two U.S. series so far, and a third is in production. The first U.S. skein will preem Dec. 1 in Oz on Movie Network.

“I know ‘Project Greenlight’ will work well for us (because) Australia is a nation of 20 million people — and 18 million of them want to be filmmakers,” said Movie Network chief exec Tony Forrest.

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