With COVID-19 making filming overseas impossible, Channel 10 has ditched the island setting for an outback location
There has been official confirmation this morning the next series of Channel 10’s Australian Survivor will film in Queensland in the North-West town of Cloncurry.
The change of location is something of a windfall for 10 which will receive $3.9million in Government funding for shooting the series locally, instead of travelling overseas. Australian Survivor is supported under the Australian Government’s $400 million boost to the Location Incentive.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the production is expected to inject more than $29 million into regional Australia:
“Local production of the show’s sixth season will support businesses in regional Queensland and create 150 employment opportunities for local crew, providing a major boost to the Australian economy.”
According to Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer and EVP of ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand:
“Rich in history, the town with a heart of gold has a lot to offer and we are thrilled we will be able to showcase Cloncurry and all its natural beauty. With thanks to the Australian Government’s Location Incentive Program, we look forward to working with the local community to bring Australian Survivor to life.”
Sources tell TV Blackbox production will run for approx 15 weeks from March until June, meaning viewers can expect to see series six air at the back end of the year.
While an outback setting might invoke stereotypical imagery of flat and dry backdrops, Cloncurry is actually set upon a series of hills with a river flowing by the town.
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Endemol Shine Australia CEO, Peter Newman said:
“We are delighted to be bringing Survivor home onto Australian soil with the help of the Australian Government’s Location Incentive Program. We look forward to working with the local community of Cloncurry to bring their unique and stunning landscape to Australian and international audiences. This is an exciting new chapter for the Australian format.”
The production will work with training institutions, including the Australian Film, Television and Radio School to provide up and coming screen talent with mentorships and the opportunity to build expertise in television production.