Netflix comedy series God's Favorite Idiot expected to create 300 jobs on NSW
A new Netflix series starring US actors Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone will be filmed in the NSW Northern Rivers this year.
A $10 million grant from the Morrison Government's $540 million Location Incentive program helped snare the production.
Production of the workplace comedy 'God's Favorite Idiot', is expected to employ more than 300 Australian cast and crew.
Produced by Falcone and McCarthy, God's Favorite Idiot is a workplace comedy about a mid-level tech support employee Clark Thompson (Falcone) who finds love with co-worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God.
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher MP, said the production anticipates to inject more than $74 million into the Australian economy.
"God's Favorite Idiot will continue the pipeline of Netflix productions being made in Australia with support from the Government's Location Incentive, building on the success of Clickbait, Escape from Spiderhead and Pieces of Her," Minister Fletcher said.
"These global productions continue to provide opportunities for the Australian screen industry. With the excellent reputation of our cast and crew, complemented by Australia's careful management of COVID19, the Location Incentive is generating return business that is growing and enhancing our sector."
A statement credited to Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy said: "To have the opportunity to safely film our show in a beautiful country like Australia is a dream come true. We love this country, and the talented people who live and work here.
"A special thank you to Chris, Luke, and Liam Hemsworth for volunteering to carry us to and from work with their wonderful powerful arms."