New American TV series ‘La Brea’ begins filming in Melbourne


A new NBCUniversal television series, La Brea, began filming in Melbourne, marking the biggest television series to arrive in the state in more than a decade.

La Brea follows a family from Los Angeles as they survive a huge chasm that mysteriously opens up in the city. The cast includes international actors Ione Skye, Nicholas Gonzalez, Eoin Macken, Natalie Zea and Jon Seda, as well as Victorian actor Rohan Mirchandaney.

The series has secured $ 9.66 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Site Incentive Program, as well as $ 33.8 million in Screen Industry Program funding from the Government of Victoria. . Filming, post-production and visual effects will take place Down Under.

“After a difficult year, our screen industry is well and truly back with a strong portfolio of projects shot across the state and more projects underway supporting jobs and talent in the Victorian state,” Victoria Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said in a statement.

“We have a long-standing relationship with NBCUniversal and welcome them to Melbourne with their series. La Brea. “

The production is expected to create 290 jobs for actors and local crew, 1,000 jobs for extras and work for around 295 local businesses. It is expected that more than $ 71 million will be generated for the country’s economy.

La Brea is one of several overseas television productions currently underway in Victoria, with Shantaram, Fires and Survive the summer.

Meanwhile, last month it was announced the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, Furiosa, would be filmed in New South Wales. The film will star Chris Hemsworth and Anya Taylor-Joy, and is scheduled to begin production in June.

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