Jackman production office closes in Sydney
Seed Productions Australia winds up after three yearsSYDNEY -- The Australian arm of Hugh Jackman’s production company, Seed Productions, quietly closed its doors at Sydney’s Fox Studios late last week, just three years after launching with much fanfare and plans to make up to five feature films per year here.
At the time, Jackman's producing partner John Palermo said Seed Productions Australia, when fully operational, hoped to produce four to five films per year with budgets under AUS$10 million ($8.3 million) each.
“We are in a transitional period. In the meantime, we are operating from our Los Angeles office which is based on the Fox lot. We have several Australian projects in the works and will continue to play a major part in most of Australia’s Film Festivals," a Seed representative said in a statement Monday.
During its three years here, Seed Productions Australia made three instalments of reality show, “An Aussie Goes…” featuring Jackman’s friend Gus Worland following the Australian cricket team on their various world tours, and a documentary series fronted by Jackman’s wife, Deborra Lee
Furness, “The Directors,” exclusively for Aussie pay TV network Foxtel.
The company's biggest coup was getting the majority of the “X Men Origins: Wolverine” made in Sydney last year.
The partners in Seed, Jackman, Palermo and Furness, hired Sydney-based executives Lisa Shaughnessy and Jane Smith, a former CEO of the NSW Film and Television Office in 2007 to develop Australian projects for the company. Smith left Seed in 2008.
While launching “Wolverine” in Sydney earlier this year, Jackman said the Australian government needed to increase the tax rebate for foreign film production if the country is to remain competitive as a filming destination.
He added however that the government is “doing exactly what's needed and supporting Australian film first."