I am pleased to announce that the Hodgman Liberal Government, through Screen Tasmania, has committed $500,000 towards a third season of the hit comedy series Rosehaven.
Shot entirely in Tasmania and set in the fictional town of Rosehaven, the show follows the shenanigans of best friends and unlikely real estate agents, Daniel (ex-pat Tasmanian Luke McGregor) and Emma (Celia Pacquola), and has been one of the ABC’s top rating shows since its debut in 2016.
Although a third season is yet to be formally commissioned by the ABC, according to Guesswork Television’s executive producer, Kevin Whyte, planning is well underway.
To date the Hodgman Government has invested $950,000 in the first two seasons of Rosehaven, resulting in excess of $4 million being spent in the local economy, and over 200 Tasmanian cast and crew finding work on the show.
Fifteen emerging Tasmanian screen practitioners also gained invaluable experience working on the production of the two seasons, including Shaun Wilson who has since gone on to direct five episodes of the show.
It is hoped season three will begin shooting as soon as May 2018 and is expected to generate a further $2 million spend in the local economy and 100 jobs for local cast and crew, making this a significant return on our investment.
The Hodgman Government’s ongoing commitment to invest in the Tasmanian screen industry – $2.384 million in 2017-18 – has allowed it to build capacity to develop stories and service productions of the scale of Rosehaven, and ensure that our unique stories will continue to engage audiences around the world.