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UK, Us deals for A Place to Call Home

2 December 2014 2:48 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The first three series of Seven Productions. A Place to Call Home will screen in the UK on BBC Two.

That follows a deal announced at Mipcom whereby the period drama is screening in the Us on streaming service Acorn TV, which will be followed by DVD and syndication on public TV stations.

The BBC deal was announced today by Seven and Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

Foxtel commissioned a further two series, each of 10 episodes, of the period drama after Seven announced in June it would not proceed after series 2 because the show skews to an older demographic.

Rlj Entertainment bought North American rights and the first season has launched on Acorn TV.

Created by Bevan Lee (Packed to the Rafters, Always Greener,. Winners & Losers), the show stars Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, Abby Earl, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Aldo Mignone, Craig Hall, Frankie J. Holden and David Berry.

Seven.s director of production Brad Lyons said, »

- Don Groves

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Film Review: 'Paddington'

27 November 2014 2:32 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆

Originally conceived in 1958 by Michael Bond, Paddington Bear is given new life in Paul King’s quintessentially British family comedy. Packed to the rafters with a stellar cast that boasts Sally Hawkins and Ben Whishaw, Paddington (2014) is a tale of delights. Opening with the click of a black and white newsreel, a mustachioed explorer, Montgomery Clyde (Tim Downie) hacks through deepest, darkest Peru and encounters a rare species of talking bear with a penchant for the sticky orange stuff. Fast forward to the present day where we meet the pint-sized bear (Ben Whishaw) collecting oranges for his furry Aunt Lucy and grizzled Uncle Pastuzo, voiced by Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon. »

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Seven protects programming spend

17 November 2014 10:48 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Seven West Media is in the midst of the third round of cost-cutting as TV advertising revenues tumble but the network isn.t cutting its overall spending on programs. That assurance came today from Swm CEO Tim Worner during Spa.s Screen Forever conference. .Each time we have been able to ring fence our investment in content,. Worner said in conversation with the Australian Financial Review.s Dominic White. .We are making the same amount of stuff but we are making it smarter. We are doing what we can to produce the same level of content.. But as an example of the cost-pressures facing the network, he said it cancelled A Place to Call Home despite consistently healthy ratings because .we could not support that level of expenditure on the show. It did not make sense for us.. He said he.s proud a third season of the period drama »

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A Place to Call Home: not Australia's Downton Abbey  yet

4 November 2014 5:26 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

All the ingredients are there in this fresh serving of the period drama but only time will tell if this course improves with age

Odd how we never get to taste any of the food we see so frequently on the small screen unless we jot down the recipe and have a crack at making the meal. We rely on the reactions of celebrity chefs and globe-trotting gourmands to register their satisfaction with expressions of delight and complex explanations like Yummmm! or Mnnn! You can really taste the flavour!

Yet our dramatic palate is finely tuned. We often see the right ingredients prepared in an artistically competent manner only to deliver an unsatisfying or even disappointing product. The fortunes of A Place to Call Home are a case in point. This is not a meat pie and gravy offering from the makers of Packed to the Rafters, but a top-drawer »

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Foxtel resurrects A Place to Call Home

26 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Fans of Seven.s A Place to Call Home can breathe a sigh of relief. After Channel 7.s shock announcement earlier in the year that the popular romantic drama would not be returning for a third season, the show has been commissioned by Foxtel.

To be produced by Seven Productions, the show will be made exclusively for Foxtel, who have already made an order for two more seasons. It will premiere on Foxtel.s SoHo drama channel next year.

The agreement was announced this morning by Foxtel Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, and Seven.s Network Director of Production, Brad Lyons.

In a statement released to the media, Walsh said: "A Place to Call Home is Australia.s most loved drama series and has captured the hearts of millions of fans across the country. We are proud to partner with the Seven Network on this landmark deal and ensure »

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Cast comes out of Hiding

7 August 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

James Stewart, Kate Jenkinson, Lincoln Younes and Olivia DeJonge will play a family that.s forced to enter a witness protection program in Hiding, an eight-part drama for the ABC.

Created and written by Matt Ford, the Playmaker Media series starts shooting in Sydney on Monday and will later location on the Gold Coast.

Hiding was developed through Screen Australia.s Scribe showrunner development initiative and is backed by Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and Screen Queensland.

Playmaker Media.s David Taylor told If the Scribe program has been so successful, helping to spawn House Husbands (Drew Proffitt), The Code (Shelly Birse) and Love Child (Sarah Lambert), the company will continue to run Scribe sessions, with another to be held later this year.

While the premise of a family forced to move to a strange city is similar to the Us series The Riches, Taylor said Ford got the idea from »

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International Star You Should Know: Sarah Snook

27 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Slippery Start:  Snook took a spin in Aussie sudsers (“All Saints,” “Packed to the Rafters”) before scoring a small part in controversial 2011 pic “Sleeping Beauty” and a recurring role in edgy pubcaster series “Spirited.” “You really have to work very hard to get a foot in the door here,” she says.

Suitable For Stardom: Her big break came via her role opposite Ryan Kwanten in laffer “Not Suitable for Children,” which opened the Sydney Film Festival last year. But she says that it wasn’t a single role that got her noticed overseas. “It seems to be a cumulative effect,” she explains, adding, “I certainly am lucky to have caught the eye of one or two casting directors who have really supported my journey so far.”

Aborted Takeoff: Buzz was strong earlier this year when she landed the lead role in Mark Gordon Co. pilot “Clementine” for the Alphabet web, »

- Paul Chai

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International Star You Should Know: Sarah Snook

27 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Slippery Start:  Snook took a spin in Aussie sudsers (“All Saints,” “Packed to the Rafters”) before scoring a small part in controversial 2011 pic “Sleeping Beauty” and a recurring role in edgy pubcaster series “Spirited.” “You really have to work very hard to get a foot in the door here,” she says.

Suitable For Stardom: Her big break came via her role opposite Ryan Kwanten in laffer “Not Suitable for Children,” which opened the Sydney Film Festival last year. But she says that it wasn’t a single role that got her noticed overseas. “It seems to be a cumulative effect,” she explains, adding, “I certainly am lucky to have caught the eye of one or two casting directors who have really supported my journey so far.”

Aborted Takeoff: Buzz was strong earlier this year when she landed the lead role in Mark Gordon Co. pilot “Clementine” for the Alphabet web, »

- Paul Chai

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Finalists for Heath Ledger scholarship announced

6 May 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

James Mackay with Kim Ledger

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The pool of talented young Australian actors is so vast the judges of the Heath Ledger Scholarship presented by Australians in Film have named 20 finalists this year, up from the usual 15.

That.s a real stamp of approval considering the calibre of the judges: Collin Farrell, Miranda Otto, directors Gregor Jordan and Robert Luketic, casting director Ann Fay (Anzac Girls, Packed to the Rafters) and Randi Hiller, VP of feature casting at Walt Disney Studios.

The winner of the sixth annual scholarship, which fosters the education and career development of young Australian actors in the Us, will be announced in Los Angeles on June 12.

The prizes include $10,000 cash, a two year scholarship at Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles, two return flights to La. including attendance at the announcement ceremony and a second flight when he or she is ready to break into the market, »

- Don Groves

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The Voice roars, The Killing Field strong

4 May 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The new series of The Voice trounced House Rules on Sunday night while the telemovie The Killing Field delivered impressive numbers, vindicating Seven's decision to greenlight a series.

Shine Australia.s The Voice grabbed 2.155 million viewers in the five capital cities and 736,115 in regional areas, the highest-rated launch for the year and 304,000 ahead of the show.s 2013 debut.

House Rules pulled in 1.093 million viewers in the capital cities and 1.72 million nationally, beaten by The Voice everywhere except Perth.

The Killing Field, which stars Rebecca Gibney as the leader of a task force sent to a country town to investigate the case of a missing teenage girl, drew 1.16 million in the capitals, 1.849 million nationally.

The Seven-produced telemovie was written by Sarah Smith and Michaeley O'Brien, directed by Samantha Lang (The Monkey.s Mask, My Place, Packed to the Rafters ) and produced by Bill Hughes, with Gibney as co-producer. Seven.s head »

- Don Groves

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The Voice roars, The Killing Field solid

4 May 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The new series of The Voice trounced House Rules on Sunday night while the telemovie The Killing Field delivered solid numbers, vindicating Seven's decision to greenlight a series.

Shine Australia.s The Voice grabbed 2.155 million viewers in the five capital cities and 736,115 in regional areas, the highest-rated launch for the year and 304,000 ahead of the show.s 2013 debut.

House Rules pulled in 1.093 million viewers in the capital cities and 1.72 million nationally, beaten by The Voice everywhere except Perth.

The Killing Field, which stars Rebecca Gibney as the leader of a task force sent to a country town to investigate the case of a missing teenage girl, drew 1.16 million in the capitals, 1.849 million nationally.

The Seven-produced telemovie was written by Sarah Smith and Michaeley O'Brien, directed by Samantha Lang (The Monkey.s Mask, My Place, Packed to the Rafters ) and produced by Bill Hughes, with Gibney as co-producer. Seven.s head »

- Don Groves

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Aussie writer secures Us agent, manager

14 April 2014 10:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian writer Justine Juel Gillmer has signed with major Us talent agency Wme (Blake Fronstin) and with Jeff Silver.s 4th Floor Management.

Gillmer.s pilot Wanted has been optioned by ITV Studios Us Group and Deb Spera and Maria Grasso of One-Two Punch Productions, who, along with Gillmer, will executive produce the series.

Set in 1874, the drama follows three women - an assassin, a grifter and a healer . who become entwined in the web of a criminal conspiracy stretching across America's Wild West.

.The producing team, as well as Justine's reps, are currently working to solidify the package and are in contact with a select group of buyers,. said Keith Sweitzer, the literary manager and producer who represents Gillmer in Australia and is among the producers attached to Wanted.

Gillmer is writing one episode for each of the second series of Playmaker Media.s Love Child and FremantleMedia Australia.s Wonderland. »

- Don Groves

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Director looks for new Cure to distribution problem

21 January 2014 1:37 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Like any filmmaker, New Zealand-based Australian David Gould wants his action-thriller The Cure to reach a wide audience- but he.s concluded that releasing the film in cinemas in either country is not cost-effective.

The film will premiere on February 6 at The Embassy Cinema in Wellington and will then be available on DVD, VOD platforms Vimeo and IndieReign and pay-tv.s Rialto Channel.

.We are self-distributing in New Zealand as I think that theatrical releases don.t really work for indie films,. says Gould, who worked for Weta Digital on the visual effects of numerous films including two editions of The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Adventures of Tintin.

.We aren.t doing a theatrical release because we don.t feel that the expense really brings the corresponding returns. The general public want to see the film in a way that is convenient for them, »

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