Aussie Netflix producer duo go from Yarra Ranges to Hollywood Hills
TV producer powerhouses Jason Schepisi and Katherine McIntoshare ditching the Yarra Ranges for the Hollywood Hills.
The creative couple, both of whom hail from film and TV royalty, have listed their 35 Lorimers Lane
, Dixons Creek home with $1.27-$1.39 million price hopes.
Mr Schepisi is the son of esteemed director Fred Schepisi— famous for The Devil’s Playground and Meryl Streep drama Plenty — and Ms McIntosh is the daughter of Logie award-winning news presenter Sue McIntosh.
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Despite having plans and permits approved for a new build at the property, the pair decided to make the move to Hollywood after Netflix agreed to fund eight-part series A Man Called Horse, with Mr Schepisi as executive producer.
“When we got the call up to move to LA, we decided not to go through with the build,” he told Property Insiders.
Mr Schepisi, who’s also an architect, rebuilt the house to enhance its mid-century roots and create “a great two-bed weekend retreat overlooking the famous De Bortoli vineyards”.
Fletchers Yarra Ranges agent Richard Wines said the 4.05ha property, which also featured paddocks and dams, was “in a preferred strip of Dixons Creek around all the wineries, with sensational views”.
Having previously lived among the glitz and glamour of LA, the couple had already been planning a return with a number of other projects in the air.
“Katherine was looking at working on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and … architecturally, I wanted to move there,” Mr Schepisi said.
“Simultaneously, we’d been pitching A Man Called Horse. It’s just a fascinating story.”
Based on the true story of Australian comedian Simon Morley, the man behind hit stage show Puppetry of the Penis, preliminary casting has Seth Rogenor Joel Edgertonin mind for the lead role.
“Seth has expressed some interest — if he can get the Aussie accent right, he’d be a great drawcard,” Mr Schepisi said.
With Ms McIntosh’s role as a producer on Ellen yet to be confirmed, she will also be opening company LA Landing Inc, to assist other ambitious Aussies making the move to LA.
“LA’s been through quite a renaissance in the last eight years,” Mr Schepisi said.
“There’s a lot of Aussie talent and Katherine is very connected to the Australian talent in all industries.”
Mr Schepisi will be dividing his time between the Netflix show and architecture projects around the Sunset Strip.
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