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Oz producers salute Ludo Studio

Ludo Studio’s Charlie Aspinwall, Sam Moor and Daley Pearson

Australian prodco Ludo Studio won four prizes at the Screen Producers Australia (SPA) annual awards including media super production business of the year.

The Brisbane-based firm’s co-founders Charlie Aspinwall and Daley Pearson also collected the screen business export award for pubcaster the ABC’s preschool animated series Bluey, for which Disney acquired worldwide rights outside Australasia and greater China.

There was a tie for that prize with Porchlight Films, whose 2010 feature film Animal Kingdom directed by David Michôd was optioned by John Wells Productions and Warner Television and remade into a US drama which is now in its fourth season for TNT.

Bluey was also named animated production of the year while Robbie Hood, coproduced by Ludo Studio and Since 1788 Productions and commissioned by pubcaster SBS, was online production of the year.

Adelaide-based Closer Productions was saluted as breakthrough business of the year, recognising its slate over the past year which includes the Sophie Hyde-directed feature Animals, Hyde and Ana Kokkinos’ SBS miniseries The Hunting and Maya Newell’s feature documentary In My Blood It Runs.

Sony-owned Playmaker Media’s supernatural drama Bloom commissioned by Oz streamer Stan won the drama series prize while Lingo Pictures/Foxtel’s Lambs of God was awarded telemovie or miniseries production of the year.

Season three of the ABC’s Rosehaven, coproduced by Guesswork Television and What Horse?, won the comedy programme or series category while Thinkative Television/ABC’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was judged best light entertainment series.

Season two of Matchbox Pictures/ABC’s Mustangs FC received the children’s series production award.

The Australian Dream, Daniel Gordon’s doc on former Australian Rules footballer and Indigenous leader Adam Goodes, coproduced by the UK’s Passion Pictures and Oz’s Good Thing Productions, was feature documentary of the year.

Northern Pictures/ABC’s Employable Me season two was declared best documentary programme or series. The first season is nominated for a Rose d’Or award for reality and factual entertainment.

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