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Crew of The Bureau of Magical Things (photo Mark Taylor)

Gold Coast fantasy series vies for local Logie win

Sam Cleveland | June 2019

As the TV WEEK Logie Awards gear up for their second annual Gold Coast staging at The Star on June 30 (their new home after moving from Melbourne), We Are Gold Coast checks in with two Gold Coast nominees among the 2019 contenders.

In Part 2, we talk with Grant Brown, a director of The Bureau of Magical Things, a fantasy series produced on the Gold Coast by kids TV mastermind Jonathan Shiff and nominated for the Most Outstanding Children’s Program Logie.

Producers of the Gold Coast-shot fantasy series The Bureau of Magical Things are looking to add a third major trophy to their cabinet at the 2019 TV WEEK Logie Awards.

The first season of the lively kids program was filmed here in late 2017 and aired last year in the US on the Nickelodeon network and on Network 10 in Australia.

With an AACTA Award for Best Children’s TV Drama and global recognition at the Kidscreen Awards as Best News Tween / Teen Series already locked up, The Bureau of Magical Things now has the Most Outstanding Children’s Program Logie in its sights.

The show’s prolific producer Jonathan Shiff can’t make the event – booked for June 30 at The Star in Broadbeach – as he’s currently overseas developing and financing new projects.

Instead, representing the series will be TV veteran and Gold Coast resident Grant Brown, who as setup director of Bureau helped author the show’s look and feel.

“I’m honoured Jonathan asked me,” says Brown, who directed half of the first season’s 20 episodes.

“I live on the Gold Coast and it’s a delightful place to shoot, so it’s nice to now go to the Logies so close to home representing a series we made here.”

Over a TV career spanning three decades, Brown has directed episodes of everything from House Husbands to Harrow.

He’s just wrapped two episodes of the US action series Reef Break, which is still in production on the Gold Coast, and will hit the Logies in the middle of a month pf interstate shooting Home and Away.

“I’ve worked with Jonathan since the very early 2000s,” says Brown, who’s directed Wicked Science, Pirate Islands, Reef Doctors and Mako: Island of Secrets for Shiff.

“I remember at one stage I was shooting The Elephant Princess up here with Jonathan, then flying down to do the first season of Underbelly in Sydney – going from this bright fantasy into this very dark and grounded underworld setting.”

Shiff’s production company has made hundreds of episodes of children’s TV on the Gold Coast, stretching back to Ocean Girl in the mid-‘90s, with global hits H2O: Just Add Water and Mako: Island of Secrets along the way.

“Jonathan’s just always doing really creative children’s TV,” says Brown.

“I think we’re all big kids that work on these series, and Jonathan’s really intuitive in knowing what children like and he’s cornered the market in that area.”

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