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Seven unveils Jessica Mauboy drama

20 October 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jessica Mauboy will star in a new Australian family drama series for the Seven Network, which also unveiled local versions of three entertainment formats including a dating show from the creators of Married at First Sight.

These were among the highlights of Seven.s 2016 slate announced today as director of network programming Angus Ross said, .We are launching more new Australian shows next year than ever before..

Screentime is producing The Secret Daughter, which will star Mauboy as a part-time country pub singer who discovers she may be the daughter of a tycoon who has just died.

That leads to a confrontation with the man.s son and sees her character torn between the worlds of the haves and have-nots.

Screen Australia is investing in the series, which was developed specifically for The Sapphires star and will go into production next year with Greg Haddrick and Bob Campbell as executive producers. »

- Don Groves

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TV Station Mega Merger: Media General Sets $2.4 Billion Acquisition of Meredith Corp.

8 September 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Media General has set a $2.4 billion acquisition of Meredith Corp., creating a TV station colossus that will rank as the nation’s third-largest owner of network affiliates.

The cash and stock deal was unveiled Tuesday. Meredith Corp. CEO Steve Lacy will become CEO of the combined Meredith Media General entity, with Media General chairman J. Stewart Bryan III remaining in the same role. The deal is expected to close next June.

Meredith Media General will own 88 stations in 54 markets — including 40 Big Four network affils in top 75 markets. It’s projected to have earnings of more than $900 million on revenue of more than $3 billion. The companies expect to squeeze out $80 million in cost savings within the first two years.

The combination of Meredith and Media General continues the consolidation trend among TV stations that has led to handful of mega groups wielding renewed clout with networks and Mvpd operators. But it »

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Brooke Shields Opens Her Picture-Perfect Long Island "Dream House" to Better Homes and Gardens—Take the Tour!

14 August 2015 1:50 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Brooke Shields shares the September 2015 cover of Better Homes and Gardens with—what else?!—her chic Long Island abode, and this east coast retreat is one you'll want to set your eyes on. The supermodel welcomes us into her quirky-meets-quaint home, which features muted neutrals mixed with bright pops of color throughout ("A little color goes a long way," she dished to the mag), as well as eclectic furniture from the estate sales, auctions and flea markets she frequents. She and her TV writer husband Chris Henchy purchased the home in 2013 for $4.3 million (the couple has two daughters, Rowan and Grier). And, as if we weren't already impressed, Brooke took on the interior decoration »

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