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Nine spends big on local content

27 October 2015 11:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Nine Network is channelling tens of millions of dollars freed up from the end of its output deal with Warner Bros. into a record investment in local content.

Spending on local production will continue to rise over the next three years to the point where the network invests $100 million more per year than currently, executives said at the upfronts presentation today.

While Nine retains the first-run rights to The Big Bang Theory, director of programming and production Andrew Backwell said the broadcaster decided to relinquish the re-runs (subsequently acquired by Seven) because it preferred to spend the money on local content.

The 2016 line-up includes the Matchbox Pictures drama Hide & Seek, Cjz.s previously announced two-part Alan Bond miniseries House of Bond and a new factual series, Prison: First & Last 24 Hours.

Daryl Somers will return to TV as the host of Back in the Room, a FremantleMedia Australia »

- Don Groves

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Spartacus: Vengeance Actor Joe Naufahu Joins Game Of Thrones Season 6

3 October 2015 5:22 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

According to Deadline, Joe Naufahu (Spartacus: Vengeance, The Last Saint, The Kick, Go Girls) has booked a recurring gig on season 6 of Game O Thrones. The site doesn't have any specifics on who he'll be playing, but there's a decent chance he's been cast in one of the new Dothraki roles. In the season 5 finale, Dany find herself surrounded by a khalasar so there's bound to be a few characters from that group emerging as more prominent players. Could Naufahu be Khal Jhaqo, perhaps? We'll update as soon as we know more. Game Of Thrones will return next April.  »

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Oz-nz TV co-pro rounds out cast

1 March 2015 1:13 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony, Rick Donald and Bridie Carter have joined Erik Thomson in 800 Words, a drama commissioned by the Seven Network and Tvnz.

The 8-part series stars Thomson as George Turner, who quits his job as an 800 word columnist for a Sydney newspaper after his wife dies and, on impulse, buys a house in a remote New Zealand seaside town.

Vidler (The Arrangement, Mako: Island of Secrets) and Anthony (Underbelly Razor, Blood Brothers, Legend of the Seeker) play his teenage children Shay and Arlo Turner.

The family.s hopes of making a fresh start don.t go to plan in their new environment as the locals are both secretive and inquisitive.

Donald (Friends with Better Lives, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) is cast as George.s new best mate Woody, a fellow Aussie and keen surfer, with Carter (McLeod.s Daughters) as Jan, editor of the newspaper George wrote for. »

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