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Us format deals for three Oz series

  • IF.com.au
Us studios have bought the format rights to Offspring, Fat Cow Motel and East West 101. Word of the deals emerged today during panel sessions at Spa.s Screen Forever conference. Endemol Worldwide Distribution has sold Offspring to Us producer Mandeville Television, which has done a script deal with the ABC network. Mandeville Television president Laurie Zaks told If that if the show gets the go-ahead it will be produced by herself and Mandeville principals David Hoberman and Todd Leiberman. She said she hoped the show.s creators, John Edwards and Imogen Banks, will be involved in the Us remake. During a panel on Selling Formats to the Us, Hoodlum Entertainment.s Tracey Robertson said a format deal for mystery Fat Cow Motel has been signed with the ABC network, negotiated by her Us agent ICM. In turn she said ABC has funnelled the project to ABC Studios and a writer has been attached.
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Snowtown and The Slap clean up at inaugural Aacta Awards

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It seems controversy leads to awards. The two big winners at last night.s inaugural Aacta Awards were thriller feature film Snowtown and TV drama series The Slap. Both renowned for their controversial nature, the film and TV series netted four and five gongs respectively.

Snowtown, about Australian serial killer John Bunting who befriends a 16-year-old, was honoured in the Best Direction (Justin Kurzel), Best Adapted Screenplay (Shaun Grant), Best Actor (Daniel Henshall) and Best Supporting Actress (Louise Harris) categories.

The last two awards were particularly impressive as neither actor had appeared in a feature film before. While Henshall had previously acted in such shows as Out of the Blue, it was Harris. first ever acting role.

The four gongs awarded last night at the Sydney Opera House brings the film.s tally to an impressive six Aacta Awards after receiving Best Editing (Veronika Jenet Ase) and Best Sound (Frank Lipson Mpse,
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Susie Porter hints at 'East West 101' plot

Susie Porter hints at 'East West 101' plot
East West 101 has returned to Australian television screens. The Sbs show's leading cast members Susie Porter and Don Hany, who play Patricia Wright and Zane Malik respectively, said that they are looking forward to starring in the police series again. According to The Daily Telegraph, the show was almost axed after producer Steve Knapman worried that he couldn't compete with the success of the first series. Porter said: "They were not going to go ahead with season two because they couldn't get their angles to the stories right. So it was kind of touch and (more)
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