SIT­COM SEN­SA­TION

Mod­ern Fam­ily to film in Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE en­tire cast of the hit US com­edy se­ries Mod­ern Fam­ily are on their way to the Whit­sun­days where scenes for an Aus­tralian va­ca­tion episode will be filmed next week.

The tele­vi­sion sit­com about the ex­tended Pritch­ett fam­ily has won a to­tal of 65 awards, in­clud­ing a Golden Globe for Best Tele­vi­sion Se­ries, four con­sec­u­tive Emmy Awards and a BAFTA for Best In­ter­na­tional in 2012. It airs in Aus­tralia and is Net­work Ten and the ABC tele­vi­sion net­work’s top-rated com­edy se­ries.

The show stars Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Bur­rell as Phil, Sofía Ver­gara as Glo­ria, Jesse Tyler Fer­gu­son as Mitchell, Eric Ston­estreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Ha­ley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Win­ter as Alex, Rico Ro­driguez as Manny and Aubrey An­der­son-Emmons as Lily.

Co-cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Steve Levitan, who will di­rect the “Aus­tralia” episode, said the crew was ex­cited about com­ing to Queens­land.

“We just had to go to Queens­land and the Great Bar­rier Reef since, like [ac­tress] Sofia Ver­gara, it's one of the nat­u­ral won­ders of the world,” he said.

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Daryl Hud­son said he was ab­so­lutely thrilled that the pro­duc­tion team chose the Whit­sun­days as a lo­ca­tion to film.

“This is the first time the show has filmed an episode out­side of the US and it pro­vides an im­mense ex­po­sure for our re­gion,” he said.

Whit­sun­day mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said the fact that the Whit­sun- days made the cut showed once again that the re­gion was gain­ing in­ter­na­tional renown as a film-friendly lo­ca­tion.

Arts Min­is­ter Ian Walker said Mod­ern Fam­ily was the lat­est suc­cess story for Queens­land, join­ing the likes of An­gelina Jolie’s di­rec­to­rial de­but Un­bro­ken, which wrapped up film­ing in Air­lie on Fe­bru­ary 4.

“Mod­ern Fam­ily is a hugely pop­u­lar show and it’s very ex­cit­ing for our tourism in­dus­try to know that places like the Great Bar­rier Reef and Hay­man Is­land will be seen by mil­lions of people right round the world,” Mr Walker said.

“We’ve been work­ing hard to make Queens­land a great place to do busi­ness and this deal was made pos­si­ble through Screen Queens­land’s Pro­duc­tion In­cen­tive Pro­gram,” he said.

Min­is­ter Walker thanked new Screen Queens­land CEO Tracey Vieira for her as­sis­tance in get­ting the con­tract over the line.

STAR POWER: The cast of the TV se­ries Mod­ern Fam­ily are on the way to the Whit­sun­days where they will film scenes for their Aus­tralian va­ca­tion episode at Hay­man Is­land next week. Photo sup­plied by Net­work Ten.

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