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Production begins on third season of Janet King

Marta Dusseldorp as Janet King..

The third season of Screentime.s ABC drama Janet King, starring Marta Dusseldorp, goes into production this week.

Joining the established cast of Damian Walshe-Howling, Peter Kowitz, Christopher Morris, Andrea Demetriades, Anita Hegh and Hamish Michael for the third instalment will be Don Hany, Robert Mammone, Susie Porter, Andrew Ryan, Huw Higginson, John Bach, Steve Le Marquand, Arka Das and Adam Demos.

This season, Janet will confront .a hornet.s nest of illegal gambling, organised crime and money laundering, while investigating the tragic death of a young sports star..

Written by Greg Haddrick, Felicity Packard, and Niki Aken with Alexa Wyatt as writer/script producer, the season will be directed by Peter Andrikidis, Grant Brown and Catherine Millar.

Janet King is produced by Karl Zwicky and Lisa Scott with Hilary Bonney and Marta Dusseldrop as associate producers. Screentime.s Haddrick, ABC.s Sally Riley and Kym Goldsworthy are executive producers.
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Screen Nsw stumps up over $2 million for 16 projects

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Kriv Stenders on a recce for Wake In Fright in Broken Hill.

The Nsw Government has invested over $2 million to secure four new feature films, four television drama series and four factual TV series, as well as several one-off documentaries, a web series and a multiplatform project. The productions are predicted to create 1080 new screen jobs and generate a direct production spend of almost $35 million in Nsw. Included among them is Ten.s recently announced mini-series Wake In Fright, the first local production to be supported under the Screen Nsw.s $20 million Made in Nsw Fund. The other 15 productions are being supported through the Film Production Finance Fund. According to Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant the fund can now support many more local film and television productions because funds have been freed-up by the Made in Nsw Fund. The full list of funding recipients: Project: Ali's Wedding
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Delta Goodrem joins House Husbands season five

Delta Goodrem.

Delta Goodrem has joined season five of Nine's House Husbands.

Goodrem will play Izzy Dreyfus, the new reading recovery teacher at Nepean South Primary School.

"Riding in on her cafe racer motorbike, brilliant, beautiful and slightly tomboyish Izzy both excites and frightens everyone in the House Husbands world and her audacious attitude is instrumental in diverting a threat to the Nepean South community that none of them see coming." .

Goodrem said: .I couldn.t be happier to join the amazing House Husbands family. It.s such a fantastic Aussie drama that I love — and my whole family loves — so I feel very lucky and cannot wait to get started..

Nine.s co-Heads of Drama, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, said they were excited to welcome Goodrem to the cast..

"Delta is a much-loved Australian performer who brings a special star quality to our screens. We can.t wait
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House Husbands dusts off the perambulators as shooting begins on season five

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House Husbands.

House Husbands season five begins filming in Melbourne this week.

Gary Sweet, Firass Dirani, Rhys Muldoon, Julia Morris, Natalie Saleeba, Jane Allsop, Louise Siversen and Denise Scott are all back, and will be joined by Packed to the Rafters alum Hugh Sheridan.

Sheridan will play Nick Gazecki, a music teacher who makes an enemy of his new neighbour Lewis (Sweet).

Other new additions include Roy Billing and Australian musical theatre legend Nancye Hayes.

.Everyone with a family can relate to the House Husbands and their partners as they juggle the pressures of relationships, work and parenting", Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan said..

Sue Seeary from Playmaker said: .We are thrilled to be back again for a fifth series. With such a wonderful returning cast and the opportunity of working with Hugh Sheridan as the new House Husband, this series is sure to capture
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Jessica Redenbach joins Matchbox's Hide and Seek as director’s attachment

Jessica Redenbach.

Jessica Redenbach will serve as the director.s attachment on Matchbox's.Hide and Seek..

Redenbach will work with director David Caesar, who is directing two episodes..

"I.m so grateful to the Australian Directors Guild, Screen Australia, Matchbox Pictures and of course to David Caesar for this exciting opportunity", Redenbach said..

"The chance to work with a filmmaker of David.s calibre is just thrilling. I.m appreciative that such opportunities exist and offer my sincere thanks to everyone who makes the Directors Attachment Scheme possible."

Redenbach has form as a screenwriter (Spirited, Rush), as well as a writer/director, with her latest short Tender premiering in the International Competition at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival and winning the Australian Directors Guild Award for Best Short Film.

Hide and Seek is the story of a routine murder investigation that leads to the uncovering of an international network of identity fraud.
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Lucy Gaffy wins director's attachment on Cjz drama Bond

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Emerging Australian director Lucy Gaffy has been selected as the director's attachment on upcoming Cjz TV drama Bond.

Gaffy, who has directed shorts including Dream Baby, The Gift, The Fence and The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock, will be attached to feature film and TV drama director Mark Joffe on Bond, which is currently in pre-production..

The industry incentive program is funded by Screen Australia and managed by the Adg for emerging directors to develop their craft.

Gaffy said she was excited to work with a filmmaker like Mark Joffe, "a storyteller whom I have so long admired - and deeply grateful to Kingston, Franky and all the marvellous team at the Adg for their continued support of emerging directors."

Gaffy is a Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (Aftrs)..

She has been working in the industry for over seven years across a broad range of productions including short films,
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Barracuda unearths new talent

Newcomers Elias Anton and Ben Kindon are playing the leads in Barracuda, the 4-part Matchbox Pictures drama for ABC directed by Rob Connolly.

The ABC revealed the casts and storylines of its 2016 adult dramas, all previously commissioned and announced, at its upfronts presentation on Tuesday night.

The broadcaster confirmed a third season of Matchbox Pictures. Nowhere Boys and announced two animated series. Planet 55 Studios. sci-fi/adventure Prisoner Zero follows teen heroes Tag and Gem and their mysterious friend Prisoner Zero.

Stark Production.s The Deep is the saga of the Nekton family who encounter leviathans swimming through sunken cities, modern day pirates lurking amidst floating black markets and mysterious guardians who conceal long lost secrets.

The teen-targeted slate also includes Ambience Entertainment.s Tomorrow, When the War Began, based on the novels by John Marsden. In Barracuda, Anton plays Danny Kelly, a Melbourne teenager who yearns for a gold medal
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Janet King starts production

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Janet King season 2 begins production this week with Marta Dusseldorp reprising her lead role.

In the second series, King is seconded from the Dpp to lead a Royal Commission into a deadly upsurge in gun crime..

King is joined by conscripting solicitors Richard Stirling (Hamish Michael) and Lina Badir (Andrea Demetriades), and the ambitious Owen Mitchell (Damian Walshe-Howling) as Counsel Assisting.

With coercive powers Detective Andy Campbell (Christopher Morris) can only dream of, King and her team peel back the complex layers of intrigue underpinning the illicit trade in weapons..

Completing the cast are Peter Kowitz, Leah Purcell, Terry Serio, Philip Quast, Anita Hegh, Aaron Jeffrey, Genevieve Hegney, Nicholas Hope and Ewen Leslie.

The series is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, and series produced by Karl Zwicky, produced by Lisa Scott, with Hilary Bonney and Marta Dusseldorp as associate producers, and Greg Haddrick as executive producer..

It is written by Haddrick,
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Nora Niasari wins Secret City director's attachment

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Nora Niasari has been named as an attachment to Emma Freeman on the Matchbox Pictures TV series Secret City for Foxtel.

The attachment forms part of an industry incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the Australian Director's Guild for emerging directors.

Niasari said she was thrilled and honoured to be chosen for an attachment on such a successful production..

"This is perfect timing and a perfect opportunity to move into directing for television,. she said.

Nora Niasari started directing several years ago after graduating with a Master of Film and Television from the Victorian College of the Arts with a number of very successful short films, including her most recent The Phoenix, which was nominated for the Adg Best Direction in a Student Film in 2015 and was selected for over a dozen national and international film festivals..

She has also been selected for the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.s Accelerator Program.
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Director attached to Love Child

The Australian Directors Guild, Screen Australia and Playmaker Media today announced Julietta Boscolo as the director.s attachment to Geoff Bennett on the Nine Network's Love Child, now in production.

A Vca graduate, Boscolo started directing several years ago. with a number of short films including Sam.s Gold, which won the Adg Best Direction in a Short Film last year and was invited to more than a dozen national and international festivals.

She was one of nine filmmakers worldwide selected for the Binger Filmlab Directors Lab in Amsterdam in 2013. Julietta said, .I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be chosen for this attachment on such a successful production. This is perfect timing and a perfect opportunity to move into directing for television.. Screen Australia.s Senior Development Executive Nerida Moore said, .Screen Australia recognises the importance of ongoing talent development opportunities, and is proud to support this through the Director.s Attachment Scheme.
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New faces in House Husbands

Indiana Evans and Justine Clarke have joined the cast of the fourth season of Playmaker Media.s House Husbands, now shooting in Melbourne.

Evans (Secrets & Lies, Janet King) is playing Tash, a single mother new to Melbourne who ignites a tumultuous love triangle. Clarke is Eve, the hot-headed tuckshop lady who competes with the catering business run by Kane (Gyton Grantley).

Also new to the cast are Akos Armont (Winter, Janet King) as the charming and ambitious Dr Saxon, whose presence creates tension within the hospital, and Jane Kennedy as Belinda, the resident Director of Medical Services.

Returning regulars include Lewis (Gary Sweet), Justin (Firass Dirani), Mark (Rhys Muldoon), Gemma (Julia Morris), Abi (Natalie Saleeba), Alex (Darren McMullen) and Miss Looby (Louise Siversen). Mark.s controlling boss Rachel, played by Jane Allsop in season one, makes a fiery comeback . Also returning from season one to cause trouble is Rodney (Nicholas Coghlan
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Cast comes out of Hiding

James Stewart, Kate Jenkinson, Lincoln Younes and Olivia DeJonge will play a family that.s forced to enter a witness protection program in Hiding, an eight-part drama for the ABC.

Created and written by Matt Ford, the Playmaker Media series starts shooting in Sydney on Monday and will later location on the Gold Coast.

Hiding was developed through Screen Australia.s Scribe showrunner development initiative and is backed by Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and Screen Queensland.

Playmaker Media.s David Taylor told If the Scribe program has been so successful, helping to spawn House Husbands (Drew Proffitt), The Code (Shelly Birse) and Love Child (Sarah Lambert), the company will continue to run Scribe sessions, with another to be held later this year.

While the premise of a family forced to move to a strange city is similar to the Us series The Riches, Taylor said Ford got the idea from
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Nearly 2 million viewers for Love Child premiere

The Nine Network has another hit Australian drama in Love Child, which drew 1.36 million viewers in the five capital cities last night.

Adding the regional audience of 566,280, the premiere of the 1960s-set series had a combined national average audience of 1.926 million.

It was the night's second highest rating show behind Seven's My Kitchen Rules,. easily beating Seven's Us drama Revenge which had 1.27 million viewers nationally, 862,000 in the capitals. .

Nine's gambit of previewing the. first four episodes on Jump-in before the premiere seems to have worked.

Created by writer/producer Sarah Lambert and produced by Playmaker Media, Love Child tells the stories of young women and men fighting an unjust system in a world on the brink of change.

Jessica Marais plays Joan Millar, a smart and sophisticated midwife who returns home from London to take a job at the Kings Cross Hospital. She finds a new life for herself when
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Love Child evokes the spirit of the Sixties

Jessica Marais in Love Child..

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Sarah Lambert wasn.t around in the 1960s but Love Child, the drama series she created for the Nine Network, sets to capture that era of revolution, bohemia, youthful innocence and exuberance.

The eight-part series set in Kings Cross in 1969 evidently delivers on that promise, encouraging the network to commission a second season as announced by director of television Michael Healy at the launch of Nine's 2014 season this week..

As the writer-producer, Lambert was inspired to make the show when she learned that a close family friend of her mother was one of thousands of women who had been forced to live in an unwed mothers' home and give up her baby daughter for adoption 20 years earlier.

Produced by Playmaker Media, the series follows characters who live and work in a maternity hospital and home for unwed mothers, contrasted with those who inhabit the streets
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Danny O'Donoghue defends 'The Voice' against 'fix' accusation

Danny O'Donoghue has defended claims that the outcome of one of The Voice UK's Battle Rounds was fixed.

Insiders have claimed Jessie J arranged for O'Donoghue to steal contestant Alex Buchanan after she saved Letitia Grant Brown instead.

The source said: "Jessie took Danny to one side before the show and said she preferred Letitia's voice, but didn't want to see Alex leave.

"So the pair agreed she would take Letitia through and Danny would save Alex.

"Viewers were led to believe Jessie was facing a decision between the artists based on their battle, but it was already a done deal.

"It makes a mockery of the idea that a singer's fate hangs on how they perform on the night."

However O'Donoghue said to The Mirror: "Apparently me and Jessie had a secret conversation about Alex.

"But my point is: if it's a secret conversation, how did anybody hear it?
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'The Voice' UK: Jessie J accused of fixing battle outcome

Jessie J has been accused of fixing the outcome of one of the Battle Rounds on last night's edition of The Voice UK.

Insiders have claimed that the 'Wild' singer had previously arranged for Danny O'Donoghue to steal her axed contestant Alex Buchanan, after she saved Letitia Grant Brown.

A source alleged to The Sun: "Jessie took Danny to one side before the show and said she preferred Letitia's voice, but didn't want to see Alex leave.

"So the pair agreed she would take Letitia through and Danny would save Alex.

"Viewers were led to believe Jessie was facing a decision between the artists based on their battle, but it was already a done deal.

"It makes a mockery of the idea that a singer's fate hangs on how they perform on the night."

O'Donoghue quickly picked Buchanan to join his team, after he lost out to rival Brown in
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Jessie J in The Voice fix row

'The Voice' and Jessie J are at the centre of a fix row after it was claimed she rigged a head-to-head battle. Last night (25.05.13), the coach had to choose between two of her team members - Letitia Grant Brown and Alex Buchanan - but show insiders claim she had already told fellow judge Danny O'Donoghue she would axe Alex so he could take him for the knockout rounds. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Jessie took Danny to one side before the show and said she preferred Letitia's voice, but didn't want to see Alex leave. ''So the pair agreed she would
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'The Voice' UK: Who has the best team?

They've survived blind auditions and battle rounds, and now each coach has their final teams ready to take to the knockout stage. With each coach looking for something different from all the contestants, it's a varied bunch of talent. So which judge do you think has the best team? Let us know...

Team Jessie

Jessie has a quirky selection of singers. Her team is made up of Ash Morgan, Sarah Cassidy and Matt Henry. Letitia Grant Brown, Trevor Francis, Danny County and Lovelle Hill complete her team.

Team will

will has gone for variety on his team, which sees Jordan Lee Davies, Cleo Higgins and John Pritchard all take up a spot. Moni Tivony, Lemuel Knights, Leanna Jarvis and Leah McFall make up the remaining members.

Team Tom

He won the show last series, but is his team this year up to scratch? Jamie Bruce, Adam Barron, Mike Ward and
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'The Voice' UK: Five best blind auditions of week six - watch

Following the sixth episode of the series, and the last of the blind auditions, Digital Spy presents our top five blind auditions from the show.

Cj Edwards - The charity fundraiser was the very last singer to take part in the contest, and just what will.i.am had been holding out for. After putting his own spin on the Lloyd song 'Dedication to My Ex', will turned his chair and secured the very last member of his team.

Abi Sampa - The dentist aimed to mix the Western with the Eastern and performed 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' with an Asian twist. Right at the last minute, Danny spun his chair to secure the singer with her "haunting" performance as the last member of his team.

John Pritchard - The fashion stylist sang the Chris Isaak song 'Wicked Game', and his performance got will to turn his chair. The
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'The Voice' UK teams: Who is your favourite?

This week saw the last week of blind auditions. With each judge forced to complete their teams, it's a fight between them to win one of the last few singers showcasing their talents. Digital Spy looks at the completed teams.

Team Jessie

Jessie had two places left to fill on her team. After hearing Letitia Grant Brown's version of 'Bust Your Windows', Jessie pressed her button and bagged the 17-year-old singer. Her last place was filled by long-haired performer Adam Barron, who impressed her with his version of 'Summertime'.

Team Tom

Sir Tom's only remaining place was filled by 21-year-old Filipino singer Joseph Apostol. Despite both Jessie and Tom turning around, Apostol went for the silver fox after he praised his "original-sounding voice" and version of 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?'.

Team will

will had the greatest number of spaces left on his team, with three spots to fill.
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