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Screen Australia rethinks investment in kids' drama

28 July 2015 3:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Australia has foreshadowed a more stringent approach to investing in children.s drama in light of the paltry viewing figures for programs aired on the commercial free-to-air networks. digital channels.

Head of production Sally Caplan cited Mako Mermaids, which attracted 200,000 viewers when the. first 15 episodes aired at 4 pm on Fridays on Network Ten.s primary channel in 2013.

Following the change in legislation allowing children.s programs broadcast on the multi-channels, Ten moved the show to 8 am Fridays on Eleven,. drawing just 21,000, which improved. to 41,000 after it was shifted to Sundays at 11 am.

The agency invested $2.9 million in the series, Caplan told a Screen Australia forum in Sydney on Tuesday evening. Jonathan M. Shiff Productions produced a second series and Netflix acquired the rights to both seasons for multiple territories...

Caplan said .we have to rethink. that level of investment which is not justified given the ratings on the multi-channels. »

- Don Groves

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Cinema release for Nowhere Boys movie

5 July 2015 9:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

These Final Hours. Angourie Rice has joined the cast of the movie spin-off of the ABC children.s drama Nowhere Boys.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures and directed by David Caesar, Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows, will get a limited theatrical release before its premiere on ABC3.

Rice, who made her big screen debut in These Final Hours, has since appeared in Mako: Island of Secrets, Worst Year of My Life, Again!, The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Walking with Dinosaurs 3D.

She makes her Hollywood debut in The Nice Guys, Shane Black.s noir crime-drama set in 1970s Los Angeles, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, which Warner Bros. will release next year.

Now shooting in Melbourne, the Nowhere Boys movie follows teenagers Felix (Dougie Baldwin), Andy (Joel Lok), Sam (Rahart Adams) and Jake (Matt Testro) as they return home a year after discovering they were transported to an »

- Don Groves

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Screen Queensland raises funding levels

29 April 2015 12:54 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Screen Queensland is increasing. production investment and grant ceilings as part of a package of revised funding structures, programs and incentives.

Due to take effect from July 1, the changes are aimed at boosting production in Queensland and simplifying and streamlining processes for the State.s screen industry.

".Screen Queensland has engaged extensively with local industry and key stakeholders throughout the last 12 months to work on improving the service, infrastructure and financial incentives offered by our screen agency," said CEO Tracey Vieira.

"'We identified changes that needed to be made to support increased levels of screen content production and to ensure we are a competitive and first choice State for screen production.

"As a result we have made revisions to our funding frameworks including an increase to our Production Investment ceiling from $650,000 to $750,000 with a $100,000 top-up grant for eligible long-form and large scale productions, taking the total Sq funding to $850,000 for these projects. »

- Staff writer

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Guilds call on government to protect Oz stories

26 April 2015 5:35 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Australian guilds are worried about the threat to Australian drama on free-to-air television as audiences continue to migrate to on-demand services.

The Australian Directors Guild is calling for the 10% quota on Foxtel.s drama channels to be applied to VOD and Svod platforms.

That would entail changes to the copyright act, which the government is proposing to amend to facilitate the blocking of pirated web sites and to require ISPs to send up to three warning notices to customers suspected of repeatedly downloading content illegally.

Adg CEO Kingston Anderson tells If, .The question is, .How is Australian content going to survive in this new world?. There is no clear road map yet but changing the copyright act will be the key. We need to work with government to come up with new policies..

Anderson said the issue of how to protect Australian storytelling is being discussed by all the major guilds including Screen Producers Australia, »

- Don Groves

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Here’s What’s New to Netflix in May

22 April 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Some new titles are slated to hit Netflix next month, but things are a bit thin in the quality department. Highlights include Quentin Tarantino’s WWII saga Inglourious Basterds, Laika’s delightful The Boxtrolls, the emotional 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, and…not much else. On the Netflix Originals front, however, we do have the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin comedy Grace & Frankie coming on May 8th. Check out the full list of new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in May below, via THR. Available May 1 Beyond Clueless (2014) Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013) Legally Blonde (2001) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Longmire: Season 3  No No: A Dockumentary (2014) Shameless: Series 10  The Last Waltz (1978) The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) Underclassman (2015) Witnesses: Season 1  Available May 2 Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (2015) LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (2015) Available May 3 Anita (2013) D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014) Royal Pains: Season 6  Available May 5 A Few Best Men »

- Adam Chitwood

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New on Netflix: May 2015

22 April 2015 6:25 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

May on Netflix brings more high-profile original series, including "Grace and Frankie," starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two women who bond when their husbands -- Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen -- reveal they're gay and leave their wives to be together. It's from Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of "Friends."

Also new, the sci-fi mystery series "Between," in which a disease has wiped out everyone over 21. Unlike other Netflix series, "Between" will air a new episode every week for six weeks, beginning on May 21. Jennette McCurdy from "iCarly" stars.

And debuting on May 22: A comedy special from Jen Kirkman, best known for her appearances on "Chelsea Lately" and "Drunk History."

Here's a full rundown of what's new on Netflix in May 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in May 2015, in case you were wondering. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Netflix rolls out the red carpet in Sydney

24 March 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian screen industry and a bevy of Hollywood and Australian stars turned out in Sydney on Tuesday night for the launch of Netflix.s Australian service.

The Us streaming giant.s CEO Reed Hastings and chief content officer Ted Sarandos lavished praise on Aussie creativity and reaffirmed their desire to source local content.

.Australia is one of the great creative beds in the world for great films, television and documentaries,. Sarandos told a full house at the Museum of Contemporary Art.s Foundation Hall.

Hastings stressed Netflix.s appetite for the best content, whether Danish thrillers, Argentine films or Australian productions. The CEO acknowledged, .I know we took too long to get here. It.s the culmination of so much work..

Sarandos thanked reps from Netflix.s content partners including NBCUniversal, Disney, Roadshow, the ABC and Warner Bros. The last is significant because the streaming service has not yet »

- Don Groves

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Oz-nz TV co-pro rounds out cast

1 March 2015 1:13 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au 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. »

- Don Groves

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Netflix nabs ABC titles

25 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Netflix has secured exclusive streaming rights to Chris Lilley.s Jonah from Tonga and the drama series Serangoon Road for its Australian and New Zealand service which launches March 28.

In a deal signed with ABC Commercial, Netflix gets non-exclusive rights to a slew of other ABC shows including Rake, Redfern Now, Upper Middle Bogan, The Time of Our Lives, Janet King, Jack Irish, Crownies and Australia: The Time Traveller's Guide.

The deal also covers Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Australia only), Lilley.s Ja.mie: Private School Girl, Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes and kids shows Angelina Ballerina, Barney, Bob The Builder, Sesame Street, The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Last December SVoD rival Stan announced a non-exclusive deal with ABC Commercial encompassing the same content.

Netflix has also nabbed exclusive SVoD rights to British dramas Broadchurch and The Tunnel from Roadshow Entertainment, and the rights to Roadshow.s extensive library. »

- Don Groves

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Bright outlook for children's TV, with caveats

9 February 2015 6:33 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The production of children.s TV in Australia has a more sustainable future than ever despite audience fragmentation and the squeeze on licence fees, according to a new book. However the sector does face the risk of the commercial free-to-air networks continuing to reduce their investment in local children.s content, and of budget cuts crimping the ABC.s commitment to kids TV. Anna Potter.s tome Creativity, Culture & Commerce: Producing Australian Children.s Television With Public Value was launched at the Australian Children's Television Foundation in Melbourne today. A senior lecturer in screen and media studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Potter takes a swipe at the Acma, suggesting its C drama classification is no longer a marker of quality. Of 78 applications for a C rating between 2008 and 2013 while there was an exponential increase in animation, only one was refused by the regulator. .Such a success rate »

- Don Groves

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New on Netflix: February 2015

27 January 2015 3:45 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

What will February bring to Netflix? "House of Cards" returns for its much awaited third season, but not until Feb. 27. If you can't wait for your Kevin Spacey fix until then, "Now: In the Wings on a World Stage" (2014), a documentary of Spacey starring in a production of Shakespeare's "Richard III," is available on Feb. 1.

And the 2004 "King Arthur," starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley, isn't exactly Shakespearean, but look at how many great actors -- like Mads Mikkelsen, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Dancy and Joel Edgerton -- have gone on to much bigger things.

You can also stream "Joe," one of Nicolas Cage's best films in recent years; the overlooked indie "The Brothers Bloom" with Mark Ruffalo, Adrien Brody and Rachel Weisz; and the barely-in-theaters thriller "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.

Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in February 2015, provided by Netflix. »

- Sharon Knolle

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Us deal for Strangerland

26 January 2015 1:11 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A new Us distributor has acquired first-time feature director Kim Farrant.s Strangerland after its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance.

Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment) will release the drama starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving in a deal brokered by CAA. Bill Lee launched Alchemy after a management-buy out of Millennium, backed with a $US40 million credit line.

The deal is worth at least $US1.5 million and will guarantee theatrical release in 15 Us markets, The Wrap reported after Deadline.com broke the story.

Transmission Films has the Australian/Nz rights to the drama produced by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher, scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. The plot follows Kidman and Fiennes as they search for their teenage children played by model Maddison Brown in her acting debut and Nicholas Hamilton (Mako: Island of Secrets), who disappear in the Outback.

Weaving portrays the cop who leads the investigation, »

- Don Groves

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The New Year Brings Gains And Losses To Your Netflix Watch Instantly Queue

20 January 2015 10:54 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix has just released their lists of what films and TV shows we will see added in February…and what films and TV shows will vanish.

First, the good news: quite a few classic and popular TV shows are making the grade on the streaming service, including the first five seasons of Mash,  Hawaii 5-0, and the new season of House of Cards. New additions to the film list include RoboCop, The Brothers Bloom, and Gimme Shelter. While there’s not a lot of quality stuff on offer, there are at least a few new films and TV shows that we can enjoy on the Netflix streaming service.

Now for the bad news: quite a number of favorites are going to vanish from Netflix come February 1. Among these are several James Bond films, Zodiac, Jane Eyre, and Dredd. The TV shows fare even worse, with tons of BBC shows expiring, »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Marco Polo: Season Two Renewal; Other Show Premieres Announced

7 January 2015 2:58 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Netflix has renewed Marco Polo for a second season of 10 episodes. In addition, they've announced the upcoming premiere dates for several original series -- The Adventures of Puss in Boots (January 16th), Ever After High: Spring Unsprung (February 6th), Mako Mermaids (February 13th), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (March 6th), Bloodline (March 20th), Marvel's Daredevil (April 10th), and Grace and Frankie (May 8th).

Here are the details:

"Marco Polo" will Return for a Second All-New Adventure and Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for New Original Series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Bloodline," "Marvel's Daredevil" and "Grace and Frankie"

-- Netflix also sets dates for Kids and Family series Adventures of "Puss in Boots," "Mako Mermaids," "Ever After High: Spring Unsprung" and more --

Pasadena, CA, January 7, 2015 -- Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Netflix Sets Premiere Date For ‘Daredevil’, ‘Bloodline’, Other Originals

7 January 2015 12:59 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Netflix plans to release plenty more original series than just this month’s upcoming The Adventures of Puss in Boots. The streaming video-on-demand service has announced the premiere dates for six original series including Marvel’s Daredevil and the family drama Bloodline from the creators of FX’s Emmy-winning Damages.

The first two series to arrive on the streaming video platform are programming titles aimed at children and young adults. The animated Ever After High: Spring Unsprung is based on Mattel’s popular doll franchise and will debut globally on February 6, 2015. The teen-centric Mako Mermaids live-action series about three mermaids who trade their fins for legs will premiere its second season on February 13 for all Netflix subscribers in North America, Latin America, Ireland, UK, the Nordics, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxumbourg.

The next series arriving on Netflix will be Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on March 6. Executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, »

- Bree Brouwer

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'Marco Polo' Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix

7 January 2015 10:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter in the adventures of Marco Polo and upcoming premiere dates for some of its highly anticipated new original series. Marco Polo, the sweeping adventure that follows the famed explorer's exploits in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, will return to delight the global Netflix audience. Creator John Fusco's tale of Marco's journey will continue for 10 all-new episodes as Marco navigates Kublai Khan's world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry. Fusco serves as executive producer along with Dan Minahan. Academy-Award nominated directors Joachim R&#248nning and Espen Sandberg also serve as executive producers. Season 1 was shot in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy. Produced by The Weinstein Company, the series stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and features Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, »

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Netflix Sets ‘Daredevil’ Premiere Date, Renews ‘Marco Polo’ for Season 2

7 January 2015 10:28 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has set premiere dates for seven of its upcoming original series — including “Marvel’s Daredevil” — and renewed “Marco Polo” for a second season of 10 episodes.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos announced the news at the streaming network’s Television Critics Assn. panel on Wednesday in Pasadena.

Marco Polo” stars Lorenzo Richelmy as the titular explorer.

Daredevil” will premiere Friday, April 10. The series stars Charlie Cox as the blind hero, with Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson rounding out the cast. The superhero show is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios; executive producers are Steven S. DeKnight, Jeph Loeb and Drew Goddard.

Tina Fey’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” starring Ellie Kemper, will debut with 13 episodes on March 6.

Here are the rest of Netflix’s premiere dates:

Jan. 16: DreamWorks Animation’s “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” premieres in North America, Latin America, U.K. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Marco Polo’ Renewed for Second Season by Netflix; ‘Daredevil’ Gets Debut Date

7 January 2015 9:43 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Netflix has renewed “Marco Polo” for a second season, and set premiere dates for “Daredevil” and other coming series.

The epic historical-based exploration adventure will get 10 new episodes taking place in Kublai Khan’s 13th century China.

Daredevil” will begin on Friday, April 10.

Here’s the full press release, more to come:

Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter in the adventures of Marco Polo and upcoming premiere dates for some of its highly anticipated new original series.

Marco Polo, the sweeping adventure that follows the famed explorer’s exploits in Kublai Khan »

- Tony Maglio

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Netflix Sets Premieres for Daredevil, Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline and More

7 January 2015 9:26 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Set your phasers to “binge,” because Netflix just announced the premiere dates for more than four new series, including the highly anticipated Marvel’s Daredevil (pictured).

First up is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a comedy Tina Fey originally co-created for NBC. Starring Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who starts a new life after escaping from a doomsday cult, Kimmy Schmidt hits Netflix on Friday, March 6.

Also on tap…

Bloodline | Friday, March 20 (click for photos from the Kyle Chandler drama)

Marvel’S Daredevil | Friday, April 10 (see a new poster below)

Grace And Frankie | Friday, May 8

Additionally, Netflix announced the arrival »

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