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Queensland writer Megan Doneman wins attachment to NCIS: La writers room

Megan Doneman (r) with the subject of her 2008 documentary, Kiran Bedi (l).

Queensland writer/producer Megan Doneman has been awarded the inaugural Greg Coote Scholarship, established by Screen Queensland and Australians in Film.

The scholarship, launched in 2014 and worth $30,000, will see Doneman mentored by executive producer Shane Brennan, creator of CBS's.NCIS: Los Angeles, in the show's La writers room.

Doneman started her career as an assistant editor on films such as Dark City, Babe: Pig in the City and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

She also wrote, directed and produced the 2008 documentary Kiran Bedi: Yes Madam, Sir, which was narrated by Helen Mirren and premiered at Tiff in 2010.

"Megan is an outstanding talent, who combines powerful storytelling with a determined work ethic," Screen Queensland Chair Linda Apelt said. "The opportunity to learn from the best of the best in the United States - at the
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Q&A screenings of Is This the Real World across Sydney this week

Is This The Real World, the feature debut of writer-director Martin McKenna, will be screened across Sydney this week, followed by Q&A sessions. The film follows the story of Mark Blazey, a high school kid growing up in a coastal town and trapped in a relentless battle of wills with a controlling teacher, while his family is breaking apart and first love beating at his door.

It stars up-and-comer Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues, Glitch, Strangerland) alongside Matt Colwell (hip hop artist 360) in his feature film debut. Melbourne-based McKenna helmed the project after working TV drama for nearly two decades on series such Packed to the Rafters, Neighbours, Stingers, All Saints and Corelli.

The film was produced by Point of View Films. Screenings:

Thursday 23 June Event Cinemas Parramatta 6.30pm screening followed by Q&A with Sean Keenan, Matt Colwell & Martin McKenna . Friday 24 June Event Cinemas Miranda 9pm screening followed by
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Crushed set for March 15 theatrical release

A still from Megan Riakos' directorial debut Crushed.


Megan Riakos' directorial debut Crushed is set for a March 15 theatrical release followed by screenings nationally via cinema-on-demand service Fan-Force.

The new Australian thriller is direct from a successful international film festival run including Montreal World Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and Napa Valley Film Festival..

The film, written and directed by Riakos (50-50, The Shed), is the story of a young woman (played by Sarah Bishop, doing double-duty as a producer alongside Full Clips's Robbie Miles) who returns home to the family vineyard after her father dies in an accident.

Riakos, an Aftrs graduate, recently completed the Professional Screenwriting program at UCLA, where she wrote two feature scripts over the course of a year, one of which was Crushed.

After returning home the director enlisted Bishop, with whom she'd made the short film Blue Bird in 2013, in addition
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NCIS: La showrunner Shane Brennan to reboot Australian TV

NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner Shane Brennan on set with Miquel Ferrer, Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen..


NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner Shane Brennan is returning to Australia in a bid to fundamentally change the way productions are funded and developed in his home country.

Brennan, one Australia.s most successful television exports, has told If he wants to kickstart a new era in Australia with a .unique system. and a .large amount of finance..

Dubbed the hardest working man in Hollywood, he was showrunner of both NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles for two years.

The 59-year-old Victorian, who left for the Us in 2003, has executive produced more than 300 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS.

Brennan, whose Australian writing credits include A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, Blue Heelers, Stingers and Mcleod.s Daughters, had more than 400 hours. worth of production credits when he left for the Us in 2003.

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Beyond returns to drama after 11 years

Veteran writer and executive producer David Ogilvy has been appointed head of Beyond.s new scripted drama division, marking the company's return to the genre after 11 years.

The former ABC executive will develop scripted content across a broad range of genres for local and international markets, working with emerging and established writing, directing and producing talent.

Beyond's last drama series was Stingers, which wrapped production in 2004 after eight seasons on the Nine Network.

Ogilvy joins from ABC TV where he was commissioning editor of fiction since 2012. His credits as Ep at the ABC include The Code, Rake, Anzac Girls, Janet King, Hiding, Mabo, An Accidental Soldier, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and The Straits.

Previously he worked as a writer and script producer on a broad range of adult and children.s drama.. His writing credits include East West 101, The Strip, Young Lions, Lockie Leonard, Dance Academy, Outriders, Blue Water High and Escape from Jupiter.
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Cast comes out of Hiding

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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Screen Queensland rings in changes

Screen Queensland has appointed Jo Dillon, formerly a development executive at Screen Australia, in the new role of head of development and production.

This co-incides with the retirement of director-development Jock Blair after a career spanning more than 40 years, and the departure of production investment and business development executive Catherine Nebauer.

Nebauer is leaving mid-August to become general manager of ZooMoo, billed as the world.s first kids channel dedicated to animals, launched by David Haslingden.s Beach House Pictures and Nhnz.

Dillon starts at Screen Queensland on August 25 and Blair steps down on August 1.

.As Screen Queensland continues to work with industry to grow a healthy and sustainable industry, Jo.s experience with creative and thoughtful leadership will provide exactly what the industry is asking for,. said CEO Tracey Vieira.

Vieira tells If that Dillon is a new addition to the executive ranks and she will hire replacements for Blair and Nebauer.
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Vale Everett De Roche

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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'Neighbours' new Turner family 'have secrets'

'Neighbours' new Turner family 'have secrets'
Neighbours newcomer Kate Kendall has promised that her on-screen family are heading to Ramsay Street with "secrets" and some "juicy storylines" on the way. Yesterday (November 4), it was announced that the former Stingers actress is taking over the role of Lou Carpenter's daughter Lauren Turner, who will be returning to Ramsay Street in 2013. Lauren arrives back with her husband Matt (Josef Brown) and their teenage children Mason (Taylor Glockner), Amber (Jenna Rosenow) and Bailey (Calen MacKenzie).

Pictured: The Turner family. Kendall told TV Week of the new family: "[Lauren and Mark are] a very (more)
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Brothers in Arms announces more cast

Screentime and Network Ten have announced more names to their six part series Brothers in Arms.

Alongside actors already announced Callan Mulvey, Anthony Hayes and Damian Walshe-Howling, will be Susie Porter (East West 101, Sisters of War), Todd Lasance (Cloudstreet, Crownies), Luke Ford (Red Dog, Animal Kingdom) and Luke Hemsworth.

About the about the Milperra bikie war in 1984 between rival gangs, the Bandidos and the Comancheros Brothers in Arms will be directed by Peter Andrikidis who has also worked on The Straits, Killing Time and Underbelly and written by Greg Haddrick (Crownies, Underbelly, Mda), Roger Simpson (Halifax Fp, Stingers) and Jo Martino (Winners & Losers, Satisfaction).

Screentime are the production company behind the Underbelly and Crownies.

Ten executive producer Rick Maier said: “There is obviously a great responsibility to tell a story like this truthfully, respectfully and with conviction – so we felt very privileged to see this outstanding ensemble come together.
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Roxane Wilson: 'Career cost me my marriage'

Roxane Wilson: 'Career cost me my marriage'
Roxane Wilson has revealed that her career destroyed her marriage. The Australian actress, who is best known for her roles in Home and Away, Water Rats and Stingers, said that she has had many "dark nights" during her quest to be a success in the Us acting industry. Wilson split from her husband, The Amazing Race host Grant Bowler, last year after almost ten years together. They have 8-year-old daughter Edie and 6-year-old Zeke. She told the Herald Sun that trying to crack the American market throughout her marriage was "bleak" at times, saying: "You get to a point where you're in so deep and you've stuck at it so long. I found it hard to justify going off and shooting 14-hour days with Grant out of the country. "I [still] have many dark nights when I go, 'Is this worth it?' If you pursue (more)
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Vale: Denise Morgan – funeral today

Television writer and script producer Denise Morgan passed away on Saturday 25 June. Denise’s funeral will be held today at the Palm Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium (corner of Delhi and Plassey Roads, Macquarie Park), from 2:15pm.

With a career spanning 30 years, Morgan wrote for many Australian dramas including; Blue Heelers, Stingers, Phoenix, Water Rats, Medivac, Murder Call, Flying Doctors, Home and Away, Embassy, A Country Practice, Prisoner and many others.

A member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, the Awg reflected on Morgan’s contribution to the industry in a statement by outgoing Awg President Tim Pye: “Those of us who worked with Denise over the years, and there are very many of us, will remember her as a talented writer and teacher with a hugely generous spirit, a quick wit and an infectious smile. She will endure in our memories for many years.

Vale Denise. You will be very sadly missed.
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Channel 10 commissions miniseries Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms

Another drama series featuring one of the country.s .most heinous criminal events. has been commissioned by Channel Ten. From the makers of Nine's Underbelly comes six-part miniseries Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, which will focus on the leadup to the 1984 .Milperra Massacre. between two rival bikie gangs. Seven people were killed in the Father.s Day massacre, including a 14-year-old innocent female bystander. Creatives for the Screentime production include writer/executive producer Greg Haddrick (Underbelly, Cloudstreet) and writer/series producer Roger Simpson (Satisfaction, Stingers). .The Milperra Massacre is a unique moment in our history and in many ways marks a time when the culture of bikie gangs began a period of fundamental...
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Third Narnia Film Starts Principal Photography

The third film in the epic Narnia series - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader began principal photography this past Monday in Queensland, Australia. The production is a joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Walden Media, after the property was dropped by Disney last year following the release of last year’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”.

In the third installment of the series, which began in 2005 with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their annoying cousin Eustace Scrubb – find themselves swallowed into a painting and transported onto a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond. On this
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Filming Underway on Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Director Michael Apted has begun shooting The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on Australia's Gold Coast. Dawn Treader was initially in the early stages of pre-production at Disney before the studio pulled the plug over budget concerns in response to Prince Caspian's box office receipts. The project sat idle until Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment stepped in with Walden Media to continue the Narnia series on the big screen. Returning to Narnia are Georgie Henley as Lucy, Skandar Keynes as Edmund, and Ben Barnes as Caspian. Will Poulter will play the new character Cousin Eustace, while Liam Neeson returns to voice Aslan the Lion. The supporting cast includes Gary Sweet (Stingers), Bruce Spence (Road Warrior), Arthur Angel (Ghost Rider) and Shane Rangi returning as the Minotaur. Here is the official Dawn Treader film synopsis provided by Fox: Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader Starts Shooting

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, the third in the epic series of films based on the bestselling books by C.S. Lewis, began principal photography on location in Queensland, Australia, on Monday, July 27. The production, a joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Walden Media, continues the franchise which commenced with the 2005 release,The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and its 2008 follow-up, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, whose combined global box office gross tops $1.2 billion.

This time around - Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb - find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands,
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Beyond sends 'Stingers' to Spain

Beyond sends 'Stingers' to Spain
SYDNEY -- Beyond Distribution said that it has licensed all 192 episodes of its drama series Stingers to Spanish firm Motion Pictures. The series has sold to a host of territories, including France, South Africa, New Zealand, Denmark, Poland, the Netherlands, Turkey and Egypt. The latest series -- its eighth season -- was launched at MIPTV. Stingers is inspired by true events, exploring the lives of five undercover operatives and their experiences of crime and desire, anonymity, love and betrayal. "Stingers is a fantastic series that continues to win audiences worldwide," Beyond's vp sales Western Europe Marzenna Czubowicz said Monday. "Motion Pictures is the perfect partner for us in Spain, and I couldn't be happier to be working with them."

Aussie actors stage 24-hour strike

Aussie actors stage 24-hour strike
SYDNEY -- Actors working on local film and television productions began a 24-hour strike today after eight months of negotiations with the Screen Producers Association of Australia failed to resolve key issues. The action will affect a string of television dramas, including Home and Away, Stingers, MDA, All Saints and Blue Heelers. The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance , the union representing the actors, and SPAA spent Wednesday in talks with the Industrial Relations Commission, but that failed to avert the strike that began at midnight. No one was available at MEAA for comment, but SPAA issued a statement Wednesday night saying that while "significant" progress had been made on the major issues in dispute, "it became apparent late in the process that MEAA would not stop industrial action tomorrow."

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