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Monday, January 16, 2006

Blue Rocket Shoots for the Stars with $9 million Project - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Blue Rocket Shoots for the Stars with $9 million Project - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

With the help of the Tasmanian Government Hobart digital animation company Blue Rocket Productions is planning to start production this year on a $9 million animated TV series.

Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said Blue Rocket has secured a significant interest from the Nine Network for the 26 half hour animated series Pixel Pinkie.

“Pixel Pinkie is an animated series based around a pre-teen girl who discovers a genie – Pixel Pinkie – in her mobile phone and embarks on a series of adventures with Pinkie’s help.

“Aimed at the female 7-11, or “tweenie”, global television market, the project focuses on the traditional coming-of-age themes with story lines ranging from the arrival of Pixel Pinkie, to typical schoolgirl preoccupations about image, fitting in and parents.

“If financed, this will be the largest film or television production ever made in Tasmania.

“This is a very exciting project for Blue Rocket and for the entire Tasmanian screen and television industry, with a minimum of $4 million to be spent in the State and employment for over 40 Tasmanians over the life of the project.”

“The professional development and training opportunities for Tasmania are enormous,” Ms Giddings said.

“The State Government, through Screen Tasmania, has made an offer of investment of $500,000 to Blue Rocket Productions, subject to the company raising the remaining finance on the $9+ million budget.

“The interest from the Nine Network is also subject to the project being fully financed.

“The offer of investment from Screen Tasmania will help Blue Rocket secure further investment from the Film Finance Corporation.

“Blue Rocket is joining with Monaco-based company Daro Film Distribution and Toronto-based producer and distributor, Canamedia, to raise the remaining finance.

“With assistance from Screen Tasmania and Daro, Blue Rocket will immediately start production on a promotional trailer.

“The trailer will be shown at MIP TV – the world’s biggest TV production marketplace – in Cannes, France in April 2006, to help secure the remaining finance.”

Further information: Tasmanian Gove

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