Press 03.05.21

NBCUNIVERSAL CHOOSES MELBOURNE FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW DRAMA SERIES LA BREA



Universal Television’s 10-part series La Brea, has commenced filming in Melbourne, Australia.

Announced today in Melbourne by the Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher and Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries, Danny Pearson, the multi-million-dollar drama series has been supported through the Australian Location Incentive Program and Victorian Screen Incentive.

Minister Fletcher, said the production is expected to inject more than AU$71 million in foreign expenditure into the Australian economy, create jobs for 290 local cast and crew, and use the services of around 295 local businesses.

Image: Ausfilm CEO Kate Marks; Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher; Minister Fletcher & Minister Pearson

From writer David Appelbaum (The Enemy Within) and produced by Victoria’s Matchbox Pictures for Universal Television, La Brea is one of NBC’s most anticipated scripts.

The series stars Nicholas Gonzalez, Eoin Macken, Natalie Zea and Jon Seda, who is returning to Melbourne where he filmed the 2010 HBO series The Pacific, alongside local talent Rohan Mirchandaney and Chloe De Los Santos.

La Brea is one of four major television series currently underway in Melbourne, filming alongside Shantaram from Paramount Television and Apple TV+, NBCUniversal and Tony Ayres Productions’ Fires, and Werner Productions’ Surviving Summer for Netflix.

Image: Russel Howcroft; Ausfilm CEO Kate Marks; Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher; David Appelbaum; Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson; Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher; COO Matchbox Pictures Matt Vitins; and SVP Production NBCUniversal Richard Ross.

Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said La Brea strengthens Victoria’s reputation as a hub of screen excellence.

“We have a long-standing relationship with NBCUniversal and we warmly welcome them back to Melbourne with their series La Brea. This would not be possible without excellent collaboration between State and Federal governments, the international screen market and our local industry.”

Danny Pearson, Minister for Creative Industries, Victoria
Image: Minister Fletcher; Ausfilm CEO Kate Marks; Film Victoria CEO, Caroline Pitcher and Minister Pearson speak with Matt Vitins behind the scenes of the production.

For more information contact Film Victoria:
Joe Brinkmann
Manager – Production Attraction and Support
Film Victoria

More detail on the Victorian Screen Incentive.
Read Minister Paul Fletcher’s full press release.

Featured Image Credit: Russel Howcroft; Ausfilm CEO Kate Marks; Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher; David Appelbaum; Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson; Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher.