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Awgies for The Code, 52 Tuesdays

5 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Political thriller The Code took the major Awgie award as well as the trophy for best original miniseries at the Australian Writers. Guild awards on Friday night.

The six-hour series, which premieres on ABC on September 21, is written by Blake Ayshford, Shelley Birse and Justin Monjo and produced by Playmaker Media. The major Awgie recognises the best of the night's winners across stage, screen, new media and radio.

The feature film award went to Adelaide writer Matthew Cormack for his first debut feature 52 Tuesdays, the gender-bending drama hailed as .bold and structurally adventurous..

Winner of the best documentary prize was Sally McKenzie for A Woman.s Journey Into Sex.

Andrew Knight was rewarded for his script for Essential Media and Entertainment.s telemovie The Broken Shore, adapted from the Peter Temple novel. Writer/director Peter Duncan won best TV series script for Essential.s Rake.

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Masters returns to Sbs

23 July 2014 5:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sue Masters has re-joined Sbs as the executive producer of drama.

Masters reports to Alison Sharman, who was named head of commissioning for Sbs One and Sbs 2 last year.

Her appointment follows the retirement of Caterina de Nave as Ep of drama and comedy, TV and online.

.Sue will be a fantastic addition to the team and we are very much looking forward to having her on board to continue progressing our drama slate,. Sbs Head of TV Tony Iffland told If.

.Sue has an outstanding track record in Australian drama production, which our Sbs audience will soon come to appreciate..

Sbs has not announced a new local drama this year but a spokeswoman said, "We have several in development at the moment and hope to make a key announcement for 2015 very soon."

Masters was appointed supervising executive producer for comedy and drama for Sbs in 2008. In 2010 she was the »

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Party Tricks adds cast

7 May 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Rodger Corser and Asher Keddie


Adam Zwar, Angus Sampson, Colin Moody, Kaiya Jones, Oliver Ackland and Doris Younane have joined the cast of Party Tricks, the Network Ten drama now shooting in Melbourne.

Michael Lucas (Offspring, Not Suitable for Children) created the 6-part series which stars Asher Keddie as Premier Kate Ballard, whose campaign to be re-elected is upset when popular TV and radio personality David McLeod (Rodger Corser) is drafted in as the Opposition.s candidate.

It turns out Kate and David had a secret, tumultuous affair several years earlier. Party Tricks becomes a cat-and-mouse game which culminates in an election night finale.

Imogen Banks and John Edwards are producing for Endemol Australia, co-funded by Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Endemol Worldwide Distribution is distributing internationally.

Zwar (The Agony of Life, Rush) plays Trevor Bailey, the deputy Opposition leader.. Sampson (Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War) is Wayne Duffy, »

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Vale Everett De Roche

2 April 2014 7:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Prolific screenwriter Everett De Roche, who died in Melbourne yesterday, was one of the instigators of the Ozploitation genre movement of the 1970s and 80s.

The Us-born writer, who migrated to Australia with his wife in 1968, was 67. He had battled with cancer for three years. He started as an in-house writer for Crawfords for four years in the 1970s, penning episodes of Homicide, Division 4, Ryan and Matlock Police.

His first feature screenplay was Colin Eggleston.s Long Weekend in 1978. Among his film credits were Richard Franklin.s Patrick (1978), Simon Wincer.s Harlequin (1980), Franklin.s Roadgames (1981), David Hemmings. Race to the Yankee Zephyr (1981), Russell Mulcahy.s Razorback (1984) and Franklin.s Visitors (2003).

In 2008 he and director Jamie Blanks collaborated on a remake of Long Weekend, for which he added two characters, a baby dugong and several scenes. "The basic environmental message works as well today as it did in 1978," he said. »

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