TSO, New Media, Theatre
Tasmania is well served in the field of media and entertainment, with small local operators finding niches alongside the nationís biggest corporations. Each of Tasmaniaís three regions (north, north-west and south) has its own daily newspaper and there are many smaller local or specialised publications. Locally made television programs are provided by the ABC and two commercial stations, with national TV broadcasts from SBS and subscription TV also available. Commercial and community broadcasters and the ABC provide a full range of radio programs.
Quality locally produced magazines such as Tasmania 40 Degrees South and Island, along with and a stable of publications issued by Independent Publishers Tasmania keep up the flow of information on all aspects of life in the state of islands. Tasmanians are prolific authors and the most enthusiastic self-publishers of books per head of population in
There is also a vigorous tradition of live theatre and, appropriately, the Australian Script Centre is based in Hobart. The nationís oldest operating theatre, the engagingly ornate Theatre Royal, opened in Hobart in 1837 and is still going strong. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has been hailed as the best orchestra - based in a city as small as Hobart - to be found anywhere in the world.
There are always audiences Ė and usually enthusiastic receptions - for live comedy acts, drama, dance and music ranging from classic to hard metal; from touring international celebrities to the smallest amateur production.
A state agency, Screen Tasmania, works with film, television and multimedia businesses to increase the volume of independent screen production occurring in the state. Screen Tasmania has a $750,000 annual allocation for loans, grants and equity investments in the development, production and marketing of screen projects including short films, drama, documentaries, feature films and TV series. Recently completed projects include Real Life Water Rats (a four part series produced by Roar Films for ABC television), a second cartoon series of Time Cracks from Blue Rocket Productions and a short drama film called Dark Decisions. Roarís multimedia teaching product, Celebrating Us, has been taken up by a London educational network and has made the finals of the Australian Teachers of Multimedia annual awards in two categories. Creative in most fields, Tasmanians are making a clear impact in the emerging business of multimedia animation.