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Ludo Studio and Media World Pictures to team on 'The Strange Chores'

The Strange Chores..

Ludo Studio and Media World Pictures are set to join forces on upcoming ABC Me comedy series The Strange Chores..

A 26 x 11 minute animated series, The Strange Chores will see two teenage wannabe warrior heroes Charlie and Pierce, as well as spirited ghost girl Que, master the skills they need to replace ageing monster-slayer Old Man Helsing by doing his supernatural chores..

Ludo Studio is known for its international award winning series Doodles and #7 Days Later, and Media Pictures is behind the .Aacta Award winning children.s comedy.The Flamin. Thongs.

The Strange Chores is to be produced by Media World.s Colin South (Trip For Biscuits, The Flamin. Thongs) and Ludo.s Charlie Aspinwall (Doodles, #7 Days Later). The script has been penned by Ludo showrunner Daley Pearson (Doodles, #7 Days Later, The Strange Calls) with animation direction by Scott Vanden Bosch (Dogstar, Dogstar: Christmas in Space).

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Film Victoria supports eight projects

Film Victoria is investing $1.14 million in three features and five TV projects through its new assigned production investment program.

Combined these projects will create employment for around 400 creatives, cast and crew and generate an estimated $11.8 million in production expenditure in the State, according to CEO Jenni Tosi.

.Under our assigned production investment program, which came into effect in July, Film Victoria.s equity, copyright and recoupment position is assigned to the producer, giving screen production businesses access to an increased level of returns and a greater financial capacity to develop new ideas and expand their output,. she said.

.The diversity of projects in this round reflects the significant production activity taking place in Victoria right now . activity that is being driven by our talented local screen practitioners." The projects are: Downriver, Happening Films Jannine Barnes, producer Grant Scicluna, writer/director

The plot follows a teenager, James (Reef Ireland) who serves
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Screen Australia greenlights 12 projects

The ailing screen production sector is set to get a major boost with more than $80 million worth of films, TV dramas and a documentary receiving funding from Screen Australia.

The agency is investing more than $12 million in four features, four adult dramas, two children.s dramas and a theatrical doc. In addition Scroz is providing completion funding to sex comedy The Little Deaths, writer-director Josh Lawson.s feature debut.

The projects include a Blinky Bill animated movie, a comedy set during the Cronulla race riots, the long-mooted Molly Meldrum TV drama and The Principal, the first drama commissioned by Sbs since Better Man.

.We have backed some of our great contemporary writers, directors and producers, alongside some exciting new voices, . said Screen Australia head of production Sally Caplan.

.The projects target audiences as diverse as Australia is today, with projects which are ambitious, risk-taking and culturally important, revealing we have
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Aussies in contention for digital Emmy

Ludo Studios aims to nail down an international co-production partner for 2D animated series The Strange Chores and is developing a second season of #7DaysLater and a comedy feature film with an online hub.

Its first multi-platform project,. #7DaysLater has snagged an International Digital Emmy® Award nomination. The awards will be presented on April 7 at the Miptv market in Cannes.

.It.s ridiculous, amazing and a privilege,. said Ludo Studio.s Daley Pearson. .I.m looking forward to telling my parents nominated for an International Emmy and leaving out the digital part..

There are three other nominees for best digital program, fiction: Real Escape Game TV (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television); Collider (Beactive Entertainment, S.A. / Fica - Fundo de Investimento para o Cinema e Audiovisual, Portugal); and Latitudes (Losbragas / House Entertainment, Brazil).

Billed as the world.s first crowd-sourced TV show, #7DaysLater ran for eight weeks on ABC
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Strange times for Daley Pearson

Ludo Studio.s Daley Pearson seems to have an ongoing fascination with peculiar events and the supernatural.

Pearson created The Strange Calls, the ABC TV comedy starring Toby Truslove as a Gold Coast cop who investigates weird things that happen after dark; a Us remake is being developed by 20th TV for the ABC network.

Now Daley and his Ludo Studio partner Charlie Aspinwall are developing The Strange Chores, a 2D animated series for ABC3 about two 12-year-old boys, both troublemakers, who earn pocket money by doing bizarre chores for their mysterious neighbour. The boys. adventures often involve supernatural elements.

Neither guy had any experience in animation so they reached out to Media World.s Colin South, who produced the toon series Dogstar and The New Adventures of Ocean Girl as well as live action drama The Circuit and the movie Stone Bros.

South is serving as an executive producer
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Dogstar learns new tricks in Chicago; picks up Hugo TV Award

Media World Pictures’ animated series Dogstar has been awarded a silver plaque for Animated Series at the Chicago International Film Festival’s Hugo Television Awards.

“We are very excited to receive the news of the Hugo TV Award. It is great to have Dogstar recognised on the international stage, so soon after the release of the much awaited second series,” said producer Colin South.

Dogstaris an animated comedy series for children aged 8-12. The second series took 2.5 years to make and employed over 100 people in both Melbourne and Perth. It was completed in February.

Locally, the 52x30min series has been picked up by Nine and the Disney Channel.
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