Development Victoria

Studio Expansion To Supercharge Our Screen Industry

21 Oct 2019


A new giant sound stage and a partnership with Hollywood leader Dick Cook will supercharge Victoria’s screen industry, injecting millions of dollars into the economy and supporting hundreds of new jobs.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Dick Cook at Docklands Studios Melbourne (DSM) today to announce the construction of a new $46 million sound stage. At 3,700sqm, it will be one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, allowing the studios to attract and host large-scale blockbuster productions while still providing world-class facilities for smaller TV and film projects.


The Premier also announced that international production company Dick Cook Studios (DCS) would establish its Asia-Pacific base at DSM, headed by Melbourne-born Managing Director Kate McLean.

Founded by former Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook in 2015, DCS has a pipeline of major family-focused projects in development ¬– production will start next year on a film based on adventure book series Ranger’s Apprentice by Australian author John Flanagan.

Also set for production is The Alchemyst, based on the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by famed Irish author Michael Scott. These DCS projects will each inject more than $100 million into Victoria and employ more than 1,500 local people in roles ranging from crew to construction, security and transport services.

In 2018-19 screen projects supported by the Victorian Government generated $251 million and supported more than 8,300 local jobs.

Development Victoria is excited to be leading the delivery of the sound stage for Creative Victoria and will continue to work with DJPR Precincts and Suburbs on the wider development of the precinct. 

Construction of Docklands Studios’ super sound stage is expected to be completed by late 2021.

The five existing sound stages will remain operational while the project is under way. Watch the video here.  
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Pictured: An artist's impression of the new soundstage to be built at Docklands Studios Melbourne