• CEO Graeme Mason reappointed at Screen Australia for 5 more years

    The Screen Australia Board has reappointed CEO Graeme Mason for a further five-year term, taking him to 10 November 2023.
    Mason commenced as CEO of Screen Australia on 11 November 2013 after 4 years as CEO at the New Zealand Film Commission.
    During his 5 years at Screen Australia he has overseen the rise of digital originals, the growth of free-to-air multichannels and catch-up services, and the advent of commercial streaming.
    Over his 20-year career, Mason worked in both factual and scripted T
  • Airdate: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    Netflix will premiere The Ballad of Buster Scruggs the new feature by Joel and Ethan Coen.
    Comprising six separate chapters about the American frontier it boasts an impressive cast including Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Zoe Kazan, Harry Melling, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Jonjo O’Neill, Chelcie Ross, Saul Rubinek, Tom Waits, Clancy Brown, Jefferson Mays, Stephen Root & Willie Watson.
    The film received the Best Screenplay
  • Breaking Bad movie in the pipeline

    US reports suggest a Breaking Bad feature is in development, although it isn’t clear if it will be for cinemas or television.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the New Mexico Film Office indicated “Greenbrier,” will begin production in the Duke City mid-November through early February.
    A source close to the project confirmed that the project was a Breaking Bad film.
    According to the logline, “Greenbrier” (possibly a project code name) tracks the escape of a kidnapped
  • Airdate: Bondi Forever: History in the Making

    Move over Bondi Rescue…
    National Geographic will screen a 2 hour documentary Bondi Forever: History in the Making dives into the history of Australia’s most famous beach.
    This is a 2 hour special produced by RJMedia.
    Over the years, Bondi has shaped Australia’s lifestyle and how we’re viewed as a nation. From the dark hours of Black Sunday to a modern tourist hotspot, this is the story of how Bondi went from a quiet suburban Aussie beach to one of the most popular and r
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  • New iview & online projects funded

    Screen Australia has announced nearly $500,000 in funding for new online projects, including 2 headed for ABC iview (and one to have a television broadcast).
    “We have a healthy appetite for creative risk in Online Production, and want to support new creators who are trying out bold concepts,” said Screen Australia Investment Manager Lee Naimo. “I’m particularly pleased to see the majority of projects in this slate have female central characters, and female directors.&rdq
  • Q&A returns to Screen Forever conference

    Q&A will stage its fourth special event for delegates of the Screen Forever producers’ conference in Melbourne on Tuesday November 20.
    Virginia Trioli will host the special event tackling issues facing Australia’s screen industry. While the forum is not for broadcast it still comes with a live Twitter feed.
    This year’s panel will comprise Senator Sarah Hanson-Young (Senator for South Australia, Australian Greens Party), Inventor and Futurist Dr Jordan Nguyen (Founder, Psyk
  • Returning: Top Chef

    Season 16 of Top Chef is getting fast-tracked by Arena next month, airing same day as the US.
    Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, Nilou Motamed and Gail Simmons all return with filming taking place in Kentucky.
    This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China.
  • Airdate: Truth Be Told: Lest We Forget

    To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, NITV presents a dedicated lineup of programming for Remembrance Day on Sunday 11 November, including the television premiere of  Truth Be Told: Lest We Forget.
    The documentary produced by Since 1788 highlights the little-known involvement of Indigenous soldiers in World War I.
    NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman said, “NITV has a strong history of bringing ground-breaking and often untold st
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  • Airdate: Bloom

    Bloom will be he first new Australian drama of 2019.
    Stan has dropped a lengthy teaser featuring ‘Gwen Reed’ portrayed by both Phoebe Tonkin as ‘Young Gwen’ (The Originals, Safe Harbour, The Vampire Diaries, The Affair) and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom).
    Bloom is described as a mystery drama about the scarcity of time and the choices we make. Beyond the impulses of youth and the regrets of age lies a secret. One year after a devastating flood kil
  • Tuesday 6 November 2018

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  • Cruden Farm is a life’s loving work

    When we think of Maggie Beer it is usually through her association with food, but as she reminds us, everything begins in the garden.
    “I have a huge vegetable garden at home, with a cottage on 20 acres. So we have an orchard, I have a rose garden, macadamias, chestnuts and walnuts, quinces and grapes,” she says.
    “Gardens are where it starts.”
    So she is a natural fit to co-host the LifeStyle special Inside Dame Elisabeth’s Garden.The remarkable Cruden Farm, in Langw
  • Hard Quiz inundated with contestants (and ratings)

    Hard Quiz continues to score in the ratings, now winning its timeslot and according to producer Charlie Pickering, there is a long conga line of people wanting to face off with host Tom Gleeson.
    “The ratings for Hard Quiz are -I will say entirely deserved- but are great,” he told TV Tonight.
    “Tom Gleeson and I were just saying how great it is that you feel like an audience is still finding the show. It keeps going up and word of mouth is still working, in Season 3. It is still
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  • Judge denies Witness X in Geoffrey Rush case

    The Daily Telegraph has seen its application to introduce a new witness into the Geoffrey Rush defamation case rejected.
    Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney yesterday said the late move would mean that a new trial would have to be conducted in 2019, which would be unfair on Rush.
    “There is also the potential other witnesses will have to be recalled,” he added.
    A non-publication order surrounding “Witness X” is to remain in place.
    He noted the newspaper has tried to &ldq
  • Report: Endemol Shine sale is off

    Plans to sell global production company Endemol Shine have been suspended by the company’s co-owners, 21st Century FOX and Apollo Global Management.
    Variety reports shareholders hoped a sale would fetch upwards of US$2 billion (A$2.76B) with previous suitors said to include Fremantle, ITV, Banijay and Sony.
    Endemol Shine’s international titles include MasterChef, Peaky Blinders, Big Brother and Black Mirror.
    With the sale shelved, FOX’s 50% stake will now be taken over by Disn
  • Airdate: Australia Says Yes

    A year after the nation voted in favour of marriage equality, SBS screen a documentary Australia Says Yes, on the long campaign, from activism in the 1960s to the moment of unity and weddings beyond.
    This features interviews with gay rights activists Peter de Waal and Peter ‘Bon’ Bonsall-Boone, Dr Kerryn Phelps and her wife Jackie Stricker Phelps, spokespeople for marriage equality Alex Greenwich, actor Magda Szubanski and, Edie Shepherd, founder of Blackfullas for Marriage Equality
  • The Set: Nov 7

    Last week’s premiere of new ABC music show The Set was a lively and promising way to showcase new music.
    It reminded me a little of The Big Night In with John Foreman from 2006, but with a 2018 twist.
    Here’s what’s on tonight:
    The Presets, DZ Deathrays and Kult Kyss bring the vibes to The Set, ABC’s live-music hotspot. As always they’re welcomed to the party by our legend hosts Linda Marigliano and Dylan Alcott plus a huge studio audience.
    9:30pm Wednesday November
  • Tomorrow Tonight

    Charlie & Annabel debate gene-editing to make the perfect baby. 9pm Wednesday on ABC.Ray Donovan
    Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
    Young Sheldon
    Food Safari Water
  • Nine News to produce bulletin for 5AA radio

    In something of a joint TV / radio first, Nine News Adelaide will produce a half hour bulletin with Kate Collins, Brenton Ragless to air at midday each weekday on Nova-owned radio Fiveaa.
    Mediaweek reports the news, sport and weather bulletin is a market first and an opportunity to engage a broader audience with the breaking local stories.
    Jeremy Pudney, Nine News director, said, “This bulletin will be produced and delivered by the team here at Nine News Adelaide, and presented live by Br
  • SBS Food / 7Food: promos

    Here are the promos for the new-look SBS Food (dropping “network” and many US titles), from Saturday November 17 on Channel 33 and 7Food launching on Channel 74 on December 1.
    At the centre of the changes is a programming output deal from Discovery shifting from SBS to Seven.
    Which one whets your appetite?
    Hungry for something new? 7food network starts December 1 on Channel 74 😋 pic.twitter.com/4CXwKKg0oG
    — Channel 7 (@Channel7) November 6, 2018
  • Barrenjoey Road to reveal new evidence

    ABC’s true crime Barrenjoey Road will tonight reveal new evidence in the disappearance of 18-year-old Trudie Adams from Sydney’s northern beaches 40 years ago.
    Letters from disgraced former NSW Crime Commission investigator, Mark Standen reveal an extremely close relationship with career crim Neville Tween, aka John Anderson.
    The Barrenjoey Road investigation by Ruby Jones and Neil Mercer has prompted Standen to speak out for the first time since being jailed in 2008.
    Tween was susp
  • Guilds settle dispute over royalties

    A dispute over royalties between The Australian Writers’ Guild Authorship Collecting Society (AWGACS), Australian Writers’ Guild and Screenrights has been settled following a Federal Court case.
    The case stems back to 2016 when the Australian Writers Guild accused not-for-profit group Screenrights of not properly paying screenwriters. At the time profile screenwriters said they had been writing successful Australian television drama for 30 years without payment from Screenrights.
  • Jacki Weaver, Damon Herriman in new US drama

    Renowned Aussie performers Jacki Weaver and Damon Herriman have been cast in an upcoming US drama Our Lady, Ltd. coming to Stan in 2019.
    Production is currently underway in Santa Fe, New Mexico. with Sir Ben Kingsley, Jimmi Simpson, Chris Conrad and Luis Guzman. It will also co-star Terry O’Quinn, Kurtwood Smith and Hana Mae Lee as recurring guest cast.
    The 10 part series follows James (Simpson), a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Kingsley), who turns out to
  • Renewed: A Discovery of Witches

    UK supernatural drama A Discovery of Witches, which premieres in Australia next week, has been renewed for second and third seasons.
    Based on Deborah Harkness’ trilogy of novels, the series Aussie Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge, Warm Bodies) as Diana Bishop, a historian and reluctant witch, who uncovers an ancient manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library and actor Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey).
    Anne Mensah, Sky’s head of drama, said: “Season one was a brilliant introduction
  • Seven’s Monday ‘friended’ by a win

    Seven had a convincing win on Monday thanks to Seven News, Bride & Prejudice and newcomer God Friended Me although numbers overall may have been affected by Cup Eve in Melbourne.
    Bride & Prejudice managed to win is timeslot with just 629,000 viewers, normally a fairly ordinary figure given the prime position. It pipped 7:30 on 624,000 then Australian Story, Family Food Fight, Blind Date and Britain’s Most Historic Towns.
    At 8:30pm Have You Been Paying
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  • Nazeem Hussain says audience can decide about ‘whiteface’ sketch

    In his new sketch comedy Orange is the New Brown, Nazeem Hussain unleashes on race, politics and pop-culture.
    The 6 part series by Screentime is Seven’s first sketch comedy since 7mate’s Kinne but has won a primetime slot on the primary channel. Hussain admits to being take aback by the network’s interest in the show, which he also pitched to public broadcasters.
    “I thought it was a waste of time because the commercials haven’t done much comedy, but Seven came back
  • Four Corners confirms episode on ABC management turmoil

    Four Corners has confirmed its episode next week will delve into the management and board disarray that led to Michelle Guthrie and Justin Milne departing the broadcaster.
    The episode, its final for 2018, has been rumoured since the fallout of September.
    “Next week we investigate the turmoil that engulfed the ABC forcing he departure of both the managing director and the chairman, in one of the most tumultuous episodes in the corporation’s history,” host Sarah Ferguson told vi
  • Newman contract extended by 3 months, talks continue…

    Sam Newman’s discussions with Nine continue after the network extended his contract by another 3 months.
    The Herald Sun reported his current contract technically expired last Wednesday but that both parties have bought time to explore options.
    Nine is understood to still be evaluating what AFL show it will have on Thursday nights in 2019, despite a belated inclusion of The Footy Show on its Upfronts list.
    Rumours suggest Eddie McGuire’s JAM TV production company will get the gi
  • One more time, Bruce McAvaney dancing.

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    The result of what happens when @channel7 ask all talent to take part in a 40sec choreographed dance routine to open the Melbourne Cup Carnival telecast. The result 👉🏻 pure happiness. Memories I’ll never forget. #Bruceownsthefloor
    A post shared byRachael Finch (@rachael_finch) on Nov 3, 2018 at 12:18am PDTHow good is this?
    Bruce McAvaney leads the Seven team dancing in a promo for their final Melbourne Cup broadcast under the c
  • Andrew Lincoln set for 3 Walking Dead telemovies

    Warning: This post includes spoilers about The Walking Dead S9E5 “What Comes After.”
    Andrew Lincoln will appear in 3 Walking Dead spin-off telemovies following his exit from the TV series after 9 seasons.
    The surprise announcement follows a medical evacuation for Rick Grimes via helicopter after a bridge explosion decimated hundreds of walkers.
    Showrunner turned chief content officer for AMC Scott M. Gimple confirmed Lincoln will  be in all three telemovies, which&nbs
  • Airdate: On the Ropes

    SBS has announced its latest local drama, On the Ropes, will screen from late November.
    It stars Nicole Chamoun (Safe Harbour, Romper Stomper) as an aspiring Iraqi-Australian boxing trainer Amirah Al-Amir who has idolised her world champion father Sami (Igal Naor) her entire life.
    While working in the family gym in Sydney’s western suburbs alongside her two brothers, Amirah negotiates a professional debut match for her hardnosed fighter Jess O’Connor (Keisha Cast
  • Insight: Nov 6

    Tonight on SBS Insight, host Jenny Brockie hears from anxiety sufferers about what is helping them beat it.
    Guy Mullarkey, a management consultant with a major international company, has had anxious feelings since he was a child. But earlier this year he suffered a major bout of anxiety while at work and he thought his career was over.
    He compares his anxiety to an animal.
    “It was like being chased by a lion…I literally felt like I was going to die and I couldn’t breathe&rdqu
  • Airdate: The Princess Switch, A Christmas Prince 2: Royal Wedding.

    Vanessa Hudgens & Sam Palladio star in upcoming Netflix family movie, The Princess Switch, screening on Friday November 16.
    One week before Christmas, Margaret, the gorgeous Duchess of Montenaro, switches places with Stacy, a “commoner” from Chicago, who looks exactly like her. With the assistance of a magical Santa’s helper, Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s handsome co-worker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret’s fiance, the dashing Prince.
    Meanwhile R
  • Press

    Broadsheets, tabloids, clickbait & an editor who stoops to all kinds of lows in a new UK drama. 8:30pm Tuesday on BBC First.The Good Doctor
    Barrenjoey Road
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  • Ask The Doctor: Nov 6

    This week on Ask The Doctor the topic is “Immunity Wars” with tips to make your defences stronger.
    Our immune system battles bacteria, viruses and parasites in a valiant effort to prevent us from getting sick. So, what can we do to make our defences stronger? The doctors reveal handy tips for staying healthy and investigate the new treatments on the horizon.
    Shalin reveals the ground-breaking therapy being used to create cancer fighting super cells. He visits the Peter MacCallum Can
  • “It’s a privilege”: David Koch signs for 2 more yrs on Sunrise

    David Koch has signed a new contract with Seven to remain with Sunrise for 2 more years, which will take his role to just over 18 years.
    “A few of the bosses were happy with me so (I’ve got) another few years to the end of 2020, so I’m delighted with that. It’s a privilege to be here and to be asked to continue doing it,” he told TV Tonight.
    “It’s a long time after filling in for 3 months. It’s a beast in my life that has got a bit out of control,
  • New Canberra studio for SKY News

    SKY News has unveiled a new studio and media centre at its Canberra bureau in Parliament House.
    As the largest studio within Parliament House, the facilities bring the SKY News and News Corp teams together in Canberra.
    SKY News Chief Executive, Paul Whittaker, said: “The new studio and media centre in Canberra marks one of our single biggest investments to date and reaffirms our ongoing commitment to bringing Australians the nation’s best around-the-clock political coverage and anal
  • Returning: Yummy Mummies

    Seven has decided to give Yummy Mummies second season a broadcast after all.
    Originally renewed as a 7Plus exclusive, it will screen in a double episode from 10pm next Monday, November 12. All episodes will drop on 7Plus this Wednesday.
    Ep 1:The expecting young mums Australia fell in love with are back! They’re off the leash and strutting in their 6-inch heels for Series 2 of the most controversial show to hit Australian television.
    Ep 2:Judgement day is here… and there’s no
  • Leah Purcell to deliver Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture

    Actor, writer, director and producer Leah Purcell will deliver the annual Hector Crawford Memorial Lecture at the Screen Forever conference later this month.
    Purcell, a Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from the Queensland bush, has a long list of credits including Wentworth, Redfern Now, The Secret Daughter, Bran Nue Dae has won a swag of awards including AACTAs, AWGIEs, Helpmanns, NSW, Qld and Victorian Premier Literary Awards and more.
    “Against the milestone of the 25th anniversary
  • Netflix in global hunt for Tall Girl star

    Producers of upcoming Netflix comedy action film Tall Girl have announced a global search for its lead actor.
    Auditions are open to girls on a worldwide basis who are 5’10” (177.8) or taller and between the ages of 13 and 21 years old.
    “Tall Girl is about all the places where we feel awkward or tender, and learning not only to accept those places, but to shower them with unconditional and radical love,” said Nzingha Stewart.
    “At Netflix we are committed to being a
  • Airdate: Louis Theroux: Altered States

    A new Louis Theroux series is always cause for celebration and Altered States will air on BBC Knowledge in December.
    The series looks at the unusual ways modern America deals with birth, love and death and features 3 x 1 hour documentaries.
    Take My Baby – Thursday 6 December at 8.30pmCalifornia is the US adoption capital, with 85% of newborn adoptions carried out privately, rather than arranged by the state. It’s a highly lucrative business for the agencies, facilitators and lawyers
  • What I’ve Been Watching: Natalie Barr

    Sunrise news presenter Natalie Barr is a fan of dark dramas and renovation.
    1. What shows are on your must-see TV list latelyFor someone who’s on TV every day, I don’t actually watch a lot because of my shift. I recently just binged on both seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale without knowing ANYTHING about it before I started. Oh. Ma. Gawd. Amazing.
    2. What’s your preferred genre to watch and which shows are current highlights?I find myself gravitating to graphic drug cartel,
  • ABC announces new drama Diary of an Uber Driver

    ABC has begun filming a new 6×30 min. drama Diary of an Uber Driver in Sydney, as the first scripted drama from RevLover Films.
    Written by Thomas Ward (Please Like Me) and based on the blog and e-book by Ben Phillips, the show is described as a series of love letters to the hearts and minds of those who make a city pulse.
    The series follows Uber driver Ben (Sam Cotton) as tries to figure out what he should be doing while helping others get where they’re going. Against the ticking cl
  • The Feed: Nov 5 – 8

    This week on The Feed:
    Monday:Tonight: He was the guitarist for Rage Against The Machine, got death threats from the KKK, went to Harvard and was briefly a stripper. Marc meets Tom Morello.
    Tuesday:Tonight: WTF are the ‘mid terms’ in America and why should we care? Plus: Marty Smiley finds out what happens to racehorses after they retire.
    Wednesday:Tonight: Three men brought together by the trauma of gay conversion therapy. Pat Abboud chats with Joel Edgerton about writing & dir
  • Renewed: Divorce

    Sarah Jessica Parker series Divorce has been renewed by HBO for a third season.
    Parker stars as Frances, who’s locked in a contentious divorce battle with her husband Robert, played by Thomas Haden Church. Molly Shannon co-stars as Frances’ loopy pal Diane, with Tracy Letts playing her husband Nick. Becki Newton who joined the cast in Season 2 as a new love interest for Robert, will be a series regular in Season 3.
    Season 3 will consist of six episodes, down from 8, with Liz Tuccill
  • A very Spicks and Specks Sunday

    The return of Spicks and Specks was a winner for ABC, topping the demos and tying with Seven News for top spot on 905,000 viewers.
    On those kinds of numbers, ABC will madly be trying to lock it down for more in 2019 given Adam Hills told TV Tonight he was open to the idea.
    The show easily ranked ahead of the competition with only All Together Now pulling respectable numbers at 660,000.
    Nine and 10 both had disappointing nights. Family Food Fight struggled with 422,000 from 7pm and Game of
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  • God Friended Me

    Hollywood has had a love affair with heavenly intervention into earthly pursuits, from Oh God to Highway to Heaven, but for its latest attempt it introduces social media.
    In God Friended Me, Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) is a telemarketer and emerging podcaster hoping to be selected for a popular podcast showcase. He also happens to the be the estranged atheist son of a preacher (Joe Morton) and his sister (Javicia Leslie) wants them to reunite at a church celebration.
    “Why do I have to ta
  • Viewers upset over Cricket’s move to Pay TV

    Sports fans took to social media yesterday to vent over no Free to Air broadcast of the One Day International in Perth.
    Australia lost to South Africa and Cricket Australia appears to have lost further goodwill with the public  due to the Foxtel / Seven broadcast deal. It was the first time in 45 years that an ODI has not screened on Free to Air -but it was available at Cricket Australia’s streaming app.
    Australia collapsed with South Africa winning by six wickets. It was the fi
  • 10 refresh but Seven bags another week

    The rebranding of multichannels ONE and ELEVEN as 10 Boss and 10 Peach respectively is yet to see any significant change, in the latest ratings week numbers.
    Boss was up 0.1% on ONE while Peach was down 0.1% on ELEVEN and is doubtless awaiting content rather than cosmetic change.
    With the finish line in sight, Seven bagged another week, winning 5 of 6 nights. The Block was easily the biggest show of the week at 2.02m for Nine.
    SBS put in an improved performance on Saturday thanks to a Fred

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