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NBC Universal integrates social media in new Aussie Svod service

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NBCUniversal has launched its Australian streaming service, Hayu, which will allow access to more than 3,000 episodes of reality television.

The first all-reality service of its kind - curated and fully integrated with social media - will launch in March in the UK, Ireland and Australia on a full array of devices (mobile, tablet, laptop and connected TV)

It will target a broad base of viewers, who are fans of the reality genre, and will compete with other Australian Svod providers Stan and Presto.

The streaming service will cost $5.99 and include a free one-month trial.

As well as access to more than 3,000 epdisodes of shows including, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Thre Real House Wives and Top Chef, new episodes will be added to the service every. week, the majority of which will debut on the same day as they premiere in the Us.

Hayu will add more than 500 episodes per year. »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Us audiences embrace ethnic Australian rom-com Alex and Eve

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Richard Brancatisano and Andrea Demetriades in Alex and Eve.


Peter Andrikidis. quirky ethnic romantic comedy Alex and Eve is making waves in the Us and has played to sold out screenings at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The festival is now putting on additional screenings of the film, which is a love story between a Greek Orthodox school teacher.and a Lebanese Muslim lawyer — both Aussies.

The film has now had three sold out screenings and festival organisers are now putting on additional screenings due to the popularity of the film.

Director, Peter Andrikidis, told If Us audiences responded well to the film after screenings and a Q and A session with Alex and Eve star, Richard Brancatisano, who is working in Los Angeles.

.The responded fantastically,. he said. .We had three screenings and they were all sold out. There were queues to get in and they actually got it. »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Filming wraps on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-pro starring Li Bingbing

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Li Bingbing stars in Nest.


Filming has wrapped on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-production at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

The 3-D Movie, Nest, stars Chinese megastar Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, Expendables 3), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers), Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Chinese popstar and actor Wu Chun and Shane Jacobson (The Dressmaker, Oddball, Kenny).

Li Bingbing.s most recent film, Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, on which Arclight Films holds the worldwide sales rights, earned $80 million in China last year.

She is best known internatiionally for her work in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Resident Evil: Retribution and Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Nest is the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, with investment funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, and features an award-winning team both in front of and behind the camera..

Visual FX will be created by Cutting Edge and the world renowned, »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Gallery: Best silver screen kisses

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William Holden (1918 - 1981) belatedly discovers the charms of chauffeur's daughter Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) in 'Sabrina', directed by Billy Wilder.


January 01, 1954| Credit: John Kobal Foundation


Dustin Hoffman kisses Ann Bancroft in a scene from the film 'The Graduate', 1967.


January 01, 1967| Credit: Archive Photos


Burt Lancaster (1913 - 1994) and Deborah Kerr(1921 - 2007) in a scene from 'From Here to Eternity', Halona Cove, Oahu, Hawaii, 1953. The film was directed by Fred Zinnemann, for Columbia Pictures.


January 01, 1953| Credit: Columbia Pictures, Getty Images

Cary Grant (1904 - 1986) and Ingrid Bergman kiss in 'Notorious'. Title: Notorious Studio: Rko Director: Alfred Hitchcock


January 01, 1946| Credit: Hulton Archive



Sean Connery and Japanese actress Mie Hama locked in a passionate embrace on a boat during the filming of 'You Only Live Twice', on location in the village of Akime, in South Japan.


August 01, 1966| Credit: Keystone Features, Getty Images


Grace Kelly (1929.1982) and Cary Grant (1904.1986) kissing in »

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Catherine Armstrong to lead post-production at Spectrum Films

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Spectrum Films has appointed Catherine Armstrong as post producer to work alongside general manager, Adam Scott.

Armstrong, whose credits include Please Like Me, Tanna, Dance Academy, Underbelly and Paper giants: Magzine Wars, had previously worked at SoundFirm for almost two years as post producer.

The appointment comes as the Specturm relocates to its new headquarters on the second floor of the Frank Hurley Building at Fox Studios, which overlooks Hans Pomeranz Stage 8 - named in honour of Spectrum's founder.

It's the second time Spectrum, which was established in 1964 by Pomeranz, has shifted its operations.

Spectrum moved from Willoughby to building 53 on the Fox lot when it opened in 1998. .

Scott said Armstrong, who has worked across feature films and television, was experienced at managing and supervising post-production workflows, budgets and tight turn-arounds..

"Catherine's post-production background complemented by her technical understanding, will provide an invaluable addition to the Spectrum Films family, »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Daniel Radcliffe heads to Queensland for major international production

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Daniel Radcliffe is heading down under for the production of Jungle in Queensland.


Queensland is set host the production of major international film, Jungle, which will provide about 100 screen industry jobs and inject $5.4 million into the local economy.

The Arclight Films/Screen Australia production, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is based on Yossi Ghinsberg's bestselling memoir of the same name and will be shot in South East Queensland as well as at Village Roadshow studios.

Jungle is produced by Dana Lustig (Dancing at the Blue Laguna, Thousand Kisses Keep), Gary Hamilton (Lord of War, Bait 3D, The Bank Job), Mike Gabrawy (Resident Evil, Bait 3D, Outcast), and Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek, The Darkness). Executive producer is Todd Fellman (Bait 3D, A Few Best Men).

Queensland-based producer Todd Fellman (Daybreakers, Mental), of Story Bridge Films, is behind the production and is working with Arclight Films.

It is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, »

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Weta Workshop and Google-backed Magic Leap team on interactive tech development

10 February 2016 8:39 PM, PST

Weta Workshop has lifted the lid on its growing interactive division and its partnership with the Google-backed Magic Leap.

According to a statement, "Magic Leap is developing the next computing platform that will enable you to seamlessly combine and experience your digital and physical lives".

The result looks similar to the world of Steven Spielberg's Minority Report.

Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop CEO, and Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap, first met in June of 2009 when Abovitz sought Taylor and his Weta Workshop team out.

.Magic Leap holds the keys to new worlds for storytellers and creatives to play in,. said Taylor..

.The unique possibilities of Magic Leap.s Mixed Reality Lightfield have already sparked incredible creative evolutions within our company".

.Richard and the Weta Workshop team have been there since the beginning,. said Abovitz. .They.ve provided an incredible creative partnership and friendship that has helped set the stage »

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Pukeko Pictures' Thunderbirds redo heads to Amazon

10 February 2016 7:47 PM, PST

Thunderbirds Are Go, produced by ITV Studios and Nz's Pukeko Pictures and starring (the voice of) Rosamund Pike, will launch in the Us as an Amazon Original Kids Series on Prime Video, following an exclusive, multi-year deal between Amazon and ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The first 13 episodes will launch on Prime Video in the Us later this year, and subsequently debut on Prime Video in the UK, Germany and Austria.

The show was made in collaboration with Weta Workshop, and has been sold to the ABC in Australia as well as over forty other countries worldwide.

Evp Emea Distribution and Global Digital Partners for ITV Studios Global Entertainment Dan Gopal said:.

.We are delighted to be working with Amazon to launch Thunderbirds Are Go in the Us; their position as an innovative content provider and their passion for the show makes them the perfect partner. Our strategy is to give »

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Lisa Nicol's Wide Open Sky to tour regional Nsw before April 7 national release

10 February 2016 6:58 PM, PST

Wide Open Sky.

Wide Open Sky was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at last year's Sydney Film Festival.

Director Lisa Nicol's documentary tells the story of Moorambilla Voices, an outback children's choir assembled every year by teacher Michelle Leonard.

"Michelle had children at the same school as me, and I heard about her choir and her doing incredible things with these kids who have no music education", said Nicol (whose previous documentary, A Night At Sea, was about musician Louis Tillett).

"It was so ambitious, and the more I heard about it the more intrigued I was"..

Nicol got the ABC onboard by filming a twelve-minute sizzle reel at one of Leonard's music camps..

For the shoot itself, the filmmaker and regular collaborators Anna Craney (editor/producer) and Carolyn Constantine (Dop) plus a sound recordist travelled around the remote regions of western Nsw.

"We followed Michelle throughout the year. »

- Harry Windsor

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First-time director tackles the world of psychoanalysis in micro budget feature

10 February 2016 5:43 PM, PST

For first-time writer-director James Raue, regular trips to therapy growing up constituted a form of torture.

"I used to hate psychologists as a child. I always use to visit them because my mum was obsessed with Dr. Phil, so if there were any issues in the family we'd all go and see a psychologist. It always felt as though they were too distant and too clinical"..

"Now my girlfriend is a psychologist and my best friend is a psychologist. I ended up seeing things from their point of view - the weight of all these clients they were carrying around all the time, and the dark sense of humour they had to develop. They had to be able to joke about suicide and mental illness because it was the only way to survive"..

Making films since high school, Raue came up with "this idea of a psychologist who lost five »

- Harry Windsor

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Six emerging filmmakers selected for Aidc mentor program

10 February 2016 1:56 PM, PST

Pulse Films manager of non-scripted television, Roy Ackerman.


The Australian International Documentary Conference has selected six candidates to take part in the 2016 Access@Aidc Early Career Mentorship Program..

The filmmakers were selected by Pulse Films.(UK) manager of non-scripted television, Roy Ackerman..

The six 2016 participants are: Ben Croker (Wa), Andrea Distefano (Vic), Brietta Hague (Nsw), Mark Harris (Vic), Nicole Miller (Sa), and Joao Dujon Pereira (Vic).

The program is run in collaboration with Pulse films..

The filmmakers will now have the chance to learn directly from established Australian and international industry professionals in exclusive mentorship sessions during Aidc 2016..

One Access participant will also be selected for a four-week paid internship with Pulse Films in London, including return economy airfare and accommodation, with the winner to be announced at Aidc 2016.s Closing Drinks on Wednesday March 2..

Ackerman said Pulse Films was very proud to offer an internship..

"I've been coming to »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Mel Gibson joins Baker, Gibney, McAlpine, Moorhouse at Tropfest

10 February 2016 12:33 PM, PST

Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2.

Mel Gibson will join Simon Baker, Rebecca Gibney, Don McAlpine and Jocelyn Moorhouse as a judge at this Sunday's Tropfest.

.I.m really thrilled to be in Sydney, and to have been invited to judge Tropfest,. said Gibson. .

"I know what it.s like to be starting out in this industry, in Australia, and what a big difference a break can make to a career".

"Tropfest has been doing an incredible job over the last 23 years as a platform for young filmmakers, and I.m absolutely delighted to support the great work Tropfest is doing..

Gibson is currently in Sydney doing post on Hacksaw Ridge, which shot at Bringelly and Fox Studios last year.

.This is an enormous honour., John Polson said..

.Mel is one of Australia.s most prolific and talented actors, as well as an Academy Award winning director. It doesn.t get better than this. »

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Filming begins in Sydney on Van Vuuren brothers' ABC, NBC Universal comedy

9 February 2016 9:21 PM, PST

Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier in Soul Mates.


Shooting has started in Sydney on the second series of Soul Mates - a co-commission between Abctv and NBC Universal.s new all-comedy Us Svod platform SeeSo.

The 6x30 comedy, from the creative team behind Bondi Hipsters, will screen on ABC in Australia and SeeSo in the United States later in 2016.

Soul Mates is written and directed by brothers Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren and stars Christiaan and Nick Boshier as a couple of buddies continually drawn together across the course of human history, past and future.

It is created by Nick Boshier, Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren and is produced by Greg Waters and executive Produced by Chloe Rickard..

It is a Soul HQ production in association with ABC TV, SeeSo (NBC Universal), Screen Australia and Screen Nsw.

Series 2 of Soul Mates reunites viewers with many of their favourite characters from Series One. »

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Colin Cairnes on skirting the safety officer and new film Scare Campaign

9 February 2016 8:27 PM, PST

Colin (left) and Cameron Cairnes.

When 100 Bloody Acres was released in 2013, it had the unlucky honour of being one of the most illegally downloaded Australian films of that year..

Directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes debuted the trailer for their new film, Scare Campaign, last week, and are gearing up for a roadshow release.

"This time around", said Colin Cairnes, "we're going to be a little more careful"..

The film will be released domestically by Jonathan Page's Bonsai Films, with Madman taking home entertainment. .

After debuting at Melbourne's Monster Fest last November, the horror film will screen in special one-off previews in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and the Gold Coast in the coming month. It will also screen at the ex-lunatic asylum in Beechworth where the film was shot.

Scare Campaign is about a TV prank show that humiliates and horrifies its victims. After years on-air the show decides to up the ante, »

- Harry Windsor

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ABC head of fiction Carole Sklan and head of children's Deirdre Brennan depart

9 February 2016 7:14 PM, PST

Carole Sklan.

Deirdre Brennan.

ABC TV has confirmed the departure of two members of its executive team: Carole Sklan, head of fiction, and Deirdre Brennan, head of children.s.

Sklan is finishing up as.head of fiction.after almost six years in the role.

.It.s been a fantastic journey at the ABC", Sklan said.

"I.ve had the opportunity to collaborate with extraordinary, creative Australian storytellers and showcase the work of brilliant writers, producers, directors, actors and performers, designers, editors and directors of photography"..

"We were able to ramp up production and support everything from iconic literary adaptations to indelible stories of remarkable Australians; from fresh, bold comedies to intriguing murder mysteries; contemporary relationship drama, and enthralling thrillers".

.It.s time for a change of pace for me, but I.ve so valued the opportunity to work for our national public broadcaster with a team of such talented, passionate »

- Staff Writer

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New online portal unveiled for past Tropfest films

9 February 2016 5:02 PM, PST


Digital agency Lash Creative has been working with Tropfest on Watch, an online portal designed to showcase a back catalogue of Tropfest films.

Development screeched to a halt when news of the fest's cancellation broke in 2015. When Tropfest was revived, so was the site - which went live today.

.The day that we got the call that Tropfest is back on, we had the biggest smiles on our faces and everyone in the agency was brimming with relief and happiness., Client Services Director at Lash Creative Alicent Platenkamp said.

.We are super excited to reveal what we.ve been creating with Tropfest for all these months. A lot of hard work has been put into it from both sides. It stands for what Tropfest is all about, and what makes it the world.s largest short film festival. Launching it along with the revival of Tropfest makes it so much more special., said Platenkamp. »

- Staff Writer

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Mad Kids to premiere gonzo-journalism parody series Dafuq? on ABC

9 February 2016 3:28 PM, PST


Dafuq? is an original six-part web series parodying the new wave of .edgy. online gonzo journo. Think Bondi Hipsters at the helm of Vice.

Produced by Wa production company Mad Kids and written and directed by Henry Inglis and Matt Lovkis, the show follows 'edgy' reporters Lee D (Lovkis), Rift (Inglis) and Pandora (Amberly Cull), who are prepared to go where mainstream media isn.t and ask the questions they won.t..

Whatever the story, whether it's the leaking of military secrets, Isis or bikie wars, Dafuq?.s reporters will get to the heart of it — and make it all about themselves.

Head of Comedy, ABC TV, Rick Kalowski said: "Dafuq? is one of the most timely, daring ideas to have crossed ABC Comedy desks in a long time, and I'm thrilled that it's found a home as an ABC iView original, and sees ABC continue its collaboration with »

- Harry Windsor

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Screen Qld's Pdv grant attracts PlayStation Originals series Powers

9 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST

Screen Queensland's Post, Digital and Visual Effects Attraction Grant has lured Us online series Powers to the state to complete visual effects work for its second series.

Powers is the PlayStation Network's first original scripted program.

"We are thrilled to be opening our virtual doors to another Us production with the PlayStation Originals series, Powers, to commence its visual effects and post production work", said Sq CEO Tracey Vieira.

"This is the third international production we have attracted to Queensland via our Pdv incentive since its introduction in 2015, which means more growth for our post and visual effects sector and individual skillsets of our workforce".

"In the last 12 months we have welcomed feature film The Age of Adaline produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and Us television series Underground from Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios, to Queensland".

"All of these projects have been attracted from a »

- Staff Writer

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Slr teams with Telegael, Super Rtl, Zdf and Ten on kids toon Lexi and Lottie

8 February 2016 6:58 PM, PST

Lexi and Lottie.

Slr Productions is set to go into production on a new animated series for kids, Lexi & Lottie..

The Sydney production house will team up with long-term partners Telegael, Super Rtl, Zdf Enterprises and Network Ten..

Established in 2002 by CEO Suzanne Ryan, Slr Productions is known for preschool property Guess How Much I Love You, animated adventure comedy series The Skinner Boys, dino-pirate cartoon show Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinosaurs, the live-action series Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures, and the Emmy Award winning animated series I Got a Rocket.

Lexi and Lottie is a 26 x 22-minute animated detective comedy series aimed at 6 to 9 year olds.

According to a statement, the show will revolve around sibling detectives.

"Being identical twins is an asset for 12—year—olds Lexi and Lottie, especially when it comes to unravelling mysteries (such as animal theft, missing persons, art fraud, sabotage and just about any crime »

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Sophia Zachariou new Screen Nsw Development-Production Executive

8 February 2016 6:10 PM, PST

Sophia Zachariou.

Sophia Zachariou has joined Screen Nsw as a Development and Production Executive..

Previously Zachariou was Deputy Head of Entertainment at ABC TV, and the network Ep on all of the Gruen programs, Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crabb, Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey, The Chaser's Media Circus, The Chaser.s War on Everything, the Saturday Night Crack Up, Agony, The Checkout, the ABC.s New Year.s Eve broadcast and At the Movies.

She also developed digital formats for iView such as comedy series Fresh Blood, and Canberra Al Desko with Annabel Crabb.

.I.ve been immensely proud of the shows I.ve been able to offer up to Australian audiences whilst at the ABC", Zachariou said, "and I am thrilled to be joining the executive team at Screen Nsw to again bring innovative, risk taking and unique stories to Australian screens". »

- Staff Writer

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