Joe Exotic TV series to film in Qld, as part of new $20M deal

The new Tiger King TV series is headed down under for filming, on a massive new film deal with the Australian government.

The federal government will today announce the $19.5 million dollar deal with NBC Universal, bringing the first productions here under the Location Incentive program which was announced back in July.

In fact, three major TV series from the Universal Studio Group will be filming in Queensland over the next 18 months, which is set to provide a massive boost to the local economy.


Joe Exotic, Young Rock and Irreverent will shoot back to back in locations across the south east and up north.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this is a significant sign of confidence in Queensland’s economic recovery and will create plenty of jobs.

“These productions are expected to contribute around $143 million to the Queensland economy.

“More than 3,500 local cast, crew and extras will also be employed to work across the three shows and many more jobs supported in numerous industries like hospitality, tourism, transport and logistics.

“Due to the measures we have in place and the amazing efforts of Queenslanders in dealing with this pandemic, Queensland is one of the safest places to film not just in Australia, but in the world.

“Queensland locations, together with talented crew and first-rate facilities like Brisbane’s Screen Queensland Studios, are able to deliver what these big budget productions need.

“We’re able to support the industry and get people back into work in a COVID safe environment,” the Premier said.

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich says it’s a testament to the hard work that has been done to highlight Queensland as an optimal choice for productions.

“This is a massive boost for the Queensland screen industry and a vote of confidence in how safe Queensland is as a major destination for film and TV production.

“We can’t wait to welcome the Universal Studio Group and Matchbox teams to Screen Queensland Studios and watch as these series take shape, and also see our facilities and locations showcased around the world,” Ms Munnich said.


YOUNG ROCK – From Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat) and Dwayne Johnson, NBC’s Young Rock is a comedy inspired by Johnson himself. The show will be produced by Universal Television, Seven Bucks Productions and Fierce Baby Productions.

JOE EXOTIC – is a limited series from UCP based on the hit Wondery podcast depicting the true events of Carole Baskin (Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon), a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit, and sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. The eight-episode adaptation will launch on flagship network NBC, USA Network and streaming service Peacock.

IRREVERENT – Hailing from NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures is new ten-part drama series Irreverent, which is being developed and produced for the global market. It follows a criminal on the run from his life of crime back in New York, who is forced to hide out in a reef town in Far North Queensland, posing as the new church Reverend.

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Why are the tax payers forking out $20m when we are in a recession?
Surely there are much more worthy projects to be started which will provide jobs.
Movies have to be filmed somewhere and they obviously want to film in Australia, so let them pay for the privilege not the ones left working and paying taxes. .

$20 mill for films made here but made to look like they are in America. We might get a couple of jobs out of it but what else?

Nepotism will again destroy fair distribution of employment.
Time for our leader to realise this industry is corrupted.
Yes, economy will benefit, however this is only for those with connections and not a fair distribution of equal employment opportunities.
Casting of extras etc and crew is sitting in a valley of deception and greed.