Sydney- and Melbourne-based prodco Matchbox Pictures has begun production on Next Stop Hollywood, a docu-series following six aspiring actors trying to land work in Los Angeles, for Australia’s ABC TV.
The six-part series, set to air on ABC1 later this year, follows the Australian cast as they compete for roles during the U.S. TV pilot season, where landing a spot in a pilot could be a make it or break it moment. The actors set up homes in Hollywood, attend voice coaching and acting classes, and take on agent meetings and auditions.
Next Stop Hollywood is directed by documentary filmmaker Gary Doust and produced by Michael McMahon, Beth Frey and Cecilia Ritchie from Matchbox Pictures. The executive producers are Sophia Zachariou for ABC TV and Tony Ayres for Matchbox.
Amanda Duthie, ABC TV head of arts and entertainment, said of the series: “Australian actors are among the biggest stars in the world today, whether it is on the big or small screen. Every year it appears a new Australian actor makes it big in Hollywood, but it is a tough and highly competitive road. This series shows what it takes to become a star in Hollywood.”