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17 items from 2015


Stan more than doubles investment in local production

16 December 2015 2:34 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Stan has commissioned Jungle to produce a second season of comedy series No Activity as the streaming service doubles investment in local production in 2016..

No Activity Season 2 joins Stan.s original programming lineup for next year, alongside the highly anticipated Wolf Creek series.

No Activity, the first Australian production commissioned by an Svod service, premiered on Stan in October 2015..

The show starring, Patrick Brammall, Harriet Dyer, David Field, Dan Wyllie and Darren Gilshenan, .proved to be as popular with viewers as some of the world.s biggest TV shows, think Better Call Saul, which have also premiered exclusively on Stan.

According to a Stan spokesperson, No Activity has attracted interest from the Us and other territories around the world, with rights recently sold to New Zealand streaming service Lightbox.

The Stan Original series follows the peripheral players in a major police sting operation. The day-to-day realities of cops and criminals »

- Staff Writer

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"Justified" Team Remakes Aussie Series "Code"

2 December 2015 2:19 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty for a proposed remake of the Australian political thriller series "The Code" for FX.

"Justified" creator/executive producer Graham Yost, executive producer/director Michael Dinner and executive producer Fred Golan are teaming to serve in the same capacities on this project with Sony Pictures TV producing. Yost and Golan will adapt the story for the U.S. market while Dinner will direct the pilot.

The original followed multiple characters and their ties to a mysterious accident in which a stolen vehicle collides with a transport truck in the middle of the desert. The truth surrounding it is dangerous enough that people at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep it secret, but two brothers - a journalist and a hacker - are the key to learn the truth.

Lucy Lawless, David Wenham, Aden Young, Dan Spielman, Ashley Zukerman, »

- Garth Franklin

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ABC loads up on factual and comedies

24 November 2015 11:25 AM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Documentaries investigating Australia.s war in Afghanistan, the fight against the country.s ice epidemic and the state of the heath and school systems will screen on the ABC next year.

The comedy slate includes two series starring Utopia.s Luke McGregor and six pilots, with viewers voting to determine which pilot goes to a series.

The ABC also confirmed its flagship channel will be available to live-stream on iview from December and that it plans to broadcast all content in HD from next June.

ABC director of TV Richard Finlayson said at the upfronts launch: .As the national broadcaster we will continue our commitment to Australian content, delivering a high-quality, deep and diverse slate..

The factual slate includes Essential Media and Entertainment.s Afghanistan: Inside Australia.s War, which chronicles the raw experiences of Australia.s longest war, from private soldiers to prime ministers, written and directed by Victoria Pitt »

- Don Groves

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Foxtel reveals strong Australian 2016 lineup

4 November 2015 4:22 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Foxtel has revealed its 2016 lineup of Australian series, which includes a raft of new commissions and programming across drama, lifestyle and factual..

Next year will see the return of Wentworth (SoHo), A Place to Call Home (SoHo), Australia.s Next Top Model (FOX8), The Real Housewives of Melbourne (Arena), The Recruit (FOX8), Crimes That Shook Australia (Ci Network), Coast (History), The Great Australian Bake Off (LifeStyle Food), Gogglebox Australia (The LifeStyle Channel), Selling Houses Australia (The LifeStyle Channel), Grand Designs Australia (The LifeStyle Channel) and River Cottage Australia (LifeStyle Food).

Foxtel also confirmed today a broad range of new programming to premiere in 2016 including two new Foxtel Original drama series.

The first is Secret City (showcase), a political thriller starring Anna Torv, Dan Wylie, Damon Herriman and two time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver..

The second is event series The Kettering Incident (showcase) featuring Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez. »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Foxtel talks down streaming rivals

18 August 2015 10:23 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Foxtel is supremely confident subscribers won.t desert the full-service pay TV model in favour of the far cheaper streaming services.

CEO Richard Freudenstein predicts the vast majority of Australian homes will have either Foxtel or an Svod service and many homes will have both.

Dismissing the threat from Netflix, Stan and Presto amid analyst reports that 2.1 million homes are watching Svod platforms, he said, .Even if all those customers were paying, the total revenue for all Svod services would be only around $150 million per year. That doesn.t provide much for programming investment compared to Foxtel.s (or free to air) programming budgets..

Addressing an Australia Israeli Chamber of Commerce lunch, he said, .The best analogy for Svod services is they are the digital video store. People who used to supplement free to air viewing by renting the occasional DVD are now doing so by using an Svod service. »

- Don Groves

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Hollywood star appears in Oz comedy

11 August 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jurassic World.s Jake Johnson and comedian Tim Minchin guest star in a 6-part improvised comedy that follows two detectives on a stakeout, produced by Jungleboys for Stan.

The streaming platform.s first original production, No Activity stars Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan as the none-too-bright or industrious cops.

At a media lunch today Stan CEO Mike Sneesby revealed the service has more than 300,000 subscribers and has had more than 800,000 users since its Australia Day launch. That is ahead of Citi Research's estimates of 322,000 sign-ups and 153,000 paying customers.

"We have signed up well over 300,000 subscribers since launch," Sneesby tells If. "All of those subscribers enter credit cards at sign up.. We have seen around 70 per cent conversion from free to pay." Sneesby said Stan will soon extend its reach via adding game consoles, smart TVs and devices such as Roku, and it will have a dozen exclusives from now through »

- Don Groves

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Jacki Weaver joins Secret City cast

4 August 2015 9:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver will headline the cast of new Foxtel mini-series Secret City.

The political thriller, produced by Matchbox Pictures, begins shooting in Canberra this month.

.Weaver will play Senator Catriona Bailey, Attorney-General and Australian Labor Party powerbroker.

The series was inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

.Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win said it was a huge casting coup.

"Set in the backdrop of the nation.s capital, Secret City will be a compelling and intriguing Australian political drama and we are very proud of the cast and creatives we are assembling for this program.. . ..

Weaver recently completed production on the upcoming Us comedy series Blunt Talk, opposite Patrick Stewart, and appears with Michael Caton in the Australian film, Last Cab To Darwin.

.In Secret City, Weaver will be joined by Anna Torv (Fringe, »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Last call for concepts for TV dramas

2 July 2015 5:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Werner Film Productions. Joanna Werner is appealing to creatives to pitch their ideas for original TV dramas for the Screen Australia-funded development initiative The Story Lab.

Werner is looking for two projects for workshops designed to enable writers to take concepts to a pitch bible and first draft pilot episode script.

The deadline for Call for Concepts is July 10. Applicants are asked to submit a 1-3 page outline via Wfp.s website.

Funded by Screen Australia.s Enterprise Stories, the lab is intended to cultivate innovative Australian stories with global audience appeal.

Up to 20 writers as well as five script editors and five creative producers will participate in five intensive .Us writers. room- style workshops throughout the year.

.We.ve had a terrific response to Call for Concepts, across a broad cross-section of genres, but there is a week left for submissions,. Werner tells If.

The first workshop was held in June for House Games, »

- Don Groves

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Foxtel flags record investment in local content

16 June 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Foxtel has announced it will progressively double its investment in Australian scripted, factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming by 2018, boosting funding to record levels. As part of a plan to triple spending on scripted content, the pay TV giant will ramp up its drama slate to at least five original series each year, up from the current average of two, over the next three years. Also, more money will be invested in local comedies following Open Slather, a 20-part sketch show produced by Rick McKenna and Laura Waters. new banner McWaters Productions, which is airing on the Comedy Channel. The budget for factual programming will also triple as Foxtel moves towards commissioning at least six new documentary series annually. The home of Australia.s Next Top Model and The Real Housewives of Melbourne, the platform intends to order at least nine new entertainment series each year. The commitment to boost content »

- Don Groves

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Stan commissions Jungleboys comedy

30 April 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Jungleboys is shooting a 6-part improvised comedy that follows two detectives on a stakeout for Stan, the Svod platform.s first original production.

No Activity is directed and written by Jungleboys. Trent O.Donnell, who developed the concept with Patrick Brammall, Darren Gilshenan and David Field.

The cast members, who are contributing to the writing process, include Brammall (The Moodys, Ruben Guthrie), Gilshenan (The Moodys, Maximum Choppage), Field (A Moody Christmas, The Rover), Dan Wyllie (Love My Way, Puberty Blues), Harriet Dyer (Love Child, Ruben Guthrie), Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc, City Homicide), Damon Herriman (Justified, The Little Death) and comedian Sam Simmons, who was awarded best show for his performance at the 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

They will be joined by two high-profile guest stars, one American, the other a Us-based Aussie, to be announced.

Jungleboys executive producer Jason Burrows and producer Chloe Rickard worked with O.Donnell on A Moody Christmas, »

- Don Groves

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The Water Diviner | Review

24 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Turkey Dressing: Crowe’s Well-Intentioned Debut Ultimately Mundane

In the comparable tradition of Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner, actor Russell Crowe makes a big budget, historically relevant directorial debut with The Water Diviner, a World War I Australian drama. As penned by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios, both writers accustomed to writing almost exclusively for television, the film’s significance is straightjacketed into a garden variety of manipulative clichés, replete with an unnecessary and oddly provoked romance that ends an otherwise workmanlike tale of woe on a sour note.

Beginning in 1919 Australia, well-digger Joshua Connor (Crowe) lives alone with his wife (Jacqueline McKenzie), using his powers of water divining (basically a concept where a stick or similar apparatus is used to steer a user toward a water source—often called water witching) to continue their idyllic farm. All is not well with the Connor’s, as he comes home to »

- Nicholas Bell

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Classy cast for ABC TV’s The Beautiful Lie

12 April 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sarah Snook, Benedict Samuel and Rodger Corser head the cast in The Beautiful Lie, a contemporary re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy.s classic novel Anna Karenina. Directed by Glendyn Ivin and Peter Salmon and produced by Endemol Australia.s John Edwards and Imogen Banks, the 6-part ABC drama starts shooting in Melbourne next week. Scripted by Alice Bell (Puberty Blues, The Slap, Rush) and Jonathan Gavin (Party Tricks, Offspring, Mr & Mrs Murder), the series is billed as a sprawling saga of adultery, scandal, manners and mayhem involving three enmeshed families across three generations The supporting cast includes Celia Pacquola, Daniel Henshall, Sophie Lowe, Alexander England, Catherine McClements, Dan Wyllie and Gina Riley. The protagonists are Anna (Snook) and her husband Xander (Corser), who is 15 years her senior. Both are former tennis professionals. Anna manages to juggle career and family until her brother Kingsley (Henshall) is caught philandering and she is called on to intervene. »

- Don Groves

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New Trailer For Russell Crowe’s Directorial Debut The Water Diviner

13 February 2015 10:28 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Warner Bros. has unveiled an all-new trailer for Russell Crowe’s passion project and directorial debut, The Water Diviner.

Set during the fallout of World War I, the Australian drama stars Crowe himself as Joshua Connor, a grieving father who sets forth to Turkey in order to locate the whereabouts of his three missing sons, who were last known to have fought within the infamous Gallipoli campaign of 1915. Taking place on the  Gallipoli peninsula, the battle is widely considered to be one of the most defining moment in Turkish history.

But for Crowe’s protagonist, the conflict will underpin a much more personal, emotionally harrowing journey, as the footage above attests. Joining the Oscar-winner for the genre epic are Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Jai Courtney, Steve Bastoni, Isabel Lucas, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie, Damon Herriman, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michael Dorman, Megan Gale, and Dylan Georgiades.

Crowe’s directorial debut »

- Michael Briers

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Stan streams entire Gallipoli series

9 February 2015 1:24 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

In a bold move, the Nine Network released all seven episodes of Gallipoli on its half-owned streaming service Stan following the drama.s Monday night premiere on Nine.

And in another twist in the on-demand turf battle, EzyFlix.tv has started selling a season pass to Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, which launched on Stan on Monday night.

Produced by Endemol Australia.s John Edwards, Imogen Banks and Rob Connolly and directed by Glendyn Ivin, Gallipoli follows 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson ( Kodi Smit-McPhee) who lies about his age to join his brother Bevan in the Great War.

The cast includes Harry Greenwood, Lachy Hulme, Matt Nable, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Lincoln Lewis, James Callis, Grant Bowler, Anthony Hayes, Justine Clarke, Damon Gameau, Ashleigh Cummings, Gracie Gilbert, Dan Wyllie, Sam Parsonson, Tom Budge, John Bach, Nicholas Hope and James Stewart.

The premiere of Gallipoli drew 1.1 million viewers in the five capital cities and 1.51 million nationally, »

- Don Groves

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

8.58pm Aest

The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

29 January 2015 2:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

8.58pm Aest

The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for »

- Nancy Groves and Alexandra Spring in Sydney

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Aacta Award presenters revealed

4 January 2015 5:19 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Geoffrey Rush, Lachy Hulme, Adam Zwar, Marta Dusseldorp and Kat Stewart are just some of the names in an impressive line-up of presenters at this year.s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) Awards.

Now in its fourth year (after rebranding from the Australian Film Institute Awards), the ceremony will be held in Sydney on Thursday 29 January and broadcast on Network Ten.

Other actors who will participate in the ceremony include Turkish star Yilmaz Erdogan, making his debut as both presenter and nominee for his work on The Water Diviner; as well as Aussie favourites Stephen Curry, Dan Wyllie and Danielle Cormack. The host of the show is yet to be announced.

See a full list of Aacta Award nominees here..

The Ceremony, held at Star City, will be broadcast nationally on Network Ten at 8:30pm Thursday 29 January, and encored on Foxtel.s Arena channel on Saturday 31 January. »

- Emily Blatchford

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