Breaker Morant’s Matt Carroll joins Screen NSW

A veteran Australian film producer has joined NSW’s screen agency to work on attracting large productions to Sydney and NSW.

Breaker Morant-producer Matt Carroll joins Screen NSW as director of production attraction and incentives, as the agency boasts almost 80% of Screen Australia’s national film and television production investment. $528 of the total $623m was spent in NSW. Read more »

1.5m tune in to see Benjamin win Big Brother

Nine’s final episode of Big Brother saw 1.473m people tune in for the winner announcement, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM.

However, the numbers were down on the opening episode of the reality show which rated 1.618m after being heavily promoted during Nine’s Olympics coverage. Read more »

Anne Miles closes ‘no wankers please’ ideas-sharing club to launch production consultancy

Anne Miles

An ideas-sharing lunch club and online community that launched last year with the premise that ‘no wankers’ or negative comments were allowed, has closed.

The Commercial Ideas Network was positioned as a “safe haven” from those who make critical comments about other people’s work.

Its founder, Anne Miles, explained: “I found that the network wanted my content but they didn’t need to be online in a community environment – since closing the network down every member has remained in contact and will continue getting my content via email and blog posts.”

Members of Commercial Ideas Network will continue to receive Miles’ content through her new consultancy for the film and video production industry, International Creative Services.

Miles, who takes on the role of executive producer/buyer at the new venture, says she saw the need to provide a service to protect clients new to content-making from inexperienced production companies. Read more »

Fuel VFX announces ad producers

Alastair Stephen

Fuel VFX has announced a team of three producers to represent the new look company in the advertising post production sector.

The appointments come just over a month after the company’s assets were bought by Animal Logic in early October, following Fuel entering voluntary administration. At the time of Animal Logic’s purchase it was announced both Fuel and Animal Logic’s short form and advertising post production services would be working out of Fuel’s Newtown offices. Read more »

The Melbourne Cup races to 2.7m for Seven

Seven’s coverage of The Melbourne Cup race was watched by an average audience of 2.664m yesterday – significantly up on last year.

However, the real number of viewers is likely to have been significantly higher because OzTAM only measures viewing at home, so does not account for people watching the race at work or in the pub.

Viewing was particularly strong in Melbourne where OzTAM recorded 1.354m viewers. Read more »

Felony begins shooting in Sydney

Cameras have begun rolling on Felony, the new film written by Joel Edgerton and directed by Matthew Saville, director of Noise and Cloudstreet.

Filming began yesterday in Sydney with key cast; Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George and Jai Courtney and will continue until late December.

The film is produced by Goalpost Pictures’ Rosemary Blight, Edgerton for Blue-Tongue Films and Michael Benaroya for Benaroya Pictures. Read more »

VICE to present Brandrolled Redux at the Festival of Branded Entertainment

brand rolledYouth publishing company VICE is to curate a screening of the best branded entertainment from around the globe at the Festival of Branded Entertainment later this month.

The screening will include examples of work from fashion, music, technology and FMCG brands and is intended to showcase the variety of work in this category. Read more »

Big Brother double eviction outrated by X Factor

Big Brother’s double eviction rated 1.134m for Nine last night although the show was still beaten by The X Factor’s performance show which rated 1.3m for Seven.

Meanwhile, Ten’s best performer was Ten News at Five which rated 677,000 according to preliminary overnight ratings from OzTAM. Read more »

Lantern Group’s Niki White starts new agency Nikstar

Nikstar-publicity logoFormer Lantern Group MD Niki White has left the agency after seven years to start her own operation, taking several clients and two members of staff with her.

The move comes after the departure of Lantern Group boss Victoria Buchan who left in January to become director of communications and public relations at Nine Network in January. Buchan retained ownership of Lantern after her departure to Nine, but it appears that it will become a slimmed down operation with Buchan’s daughter Louisa Read running operations, particularly unit publicity on Wolverine. It is to close its Fox Studios office.

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Cameras roll in Canberra on feature film Galore

Cameras have begun rolling on new film Galore, from writer-director Rhys Graham.

Shot in Canberra, the film is produced by Philippa Campey, with executive producers Sue Murray, Victoria Treole and Eleonora Granata-Jenkinson. Hopscotch Films is distributing with Entertainment One handling international sales. Read more »

Housos Vs Authority takes over $500,000 on its opening weekend

Paul Fenech Housos

Fenech: Brain behind Housos

Housos Vs Authority, the feature film version of Paul Fenech’s SBS TV series Housos has taken just over half a million dollars at the box office on its opening weekend.

Taking $526,000, according to official figures from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia, the film was shown across 151 screens for a moderate $3485 screen average.

Transmission Films released the film paying particular attention to “the heartland of the TV show’s fan base,” Courtney Botfield, general manager of Transmission Films told Encore.

With the film taking a screen average of around $3,485, Botfield said: “We’re very happy with how it’s opened. It has played really well to its core fan base. It shows what a fan base Paul Fenech and the show has.” Read more »

Jump Street Films forms feature film partnership with Cargo Entertainment

A new production partnership between an Australian distributor and US-based multi-purpose film company will see the development of Australian content, with the first production expected to be announced within weeks.

The partnership will see Australian independent distributor Jump Street Films joining Cargo Entertainment with the partnership to cover finance and production of local films as well as a exclusive local distribution deal between the two.

Jump Street Film’s director Jamie Bialkower told Encore: “We’ll be looking at films north of $5m, between $5-25m.” Read more »

Updated: Award winning digital agency goes into voluntary liquidation

dllshs logoAn award winning Sydney based content and social media agency has gone into liquidation owing creditors an estimated $65,000.

DLSHS (pronounced Delicious) won best social media campaign at last year’s AIMIA awards for its work on promoting independent film The Tunnel.

DLSHS Pty has called in liquidator Murray Godfrey from RMG Partners. The company’s shareholders voted on September 27 to voluntarily wind up the company. It appear to have changed its name to Forward Digital Media Agency Pacific Pty in recent days. Read more »

Modern Family wins Sunday night across key ad demos

Modern Family, MumbrellaTen’s Modern Family topped the three key advertising demographics in the ratings last night.

As well as being the most watched show across the five city metro markets for the demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54, the new episode of the US sitcom rated 1.047m and fourth in the night’s total individuals according to preliminary overnightratings from OzTAM. Meanwhile, a repeated episode rated 822,000.

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Fenech: The posh wanker brigade has taken over Aussie TV

Paul Fenech Housos

Fenech: Brain behind Housos

The Australian TV industry has been taken over by the “posh wanker brigade”, Housos creator Paul Fenech has complained.

His comments – in which he highlighted his “love-hate relationship” with SBS – came in a live video chat with Mumbrella readers on the weekend that the Housos fim opened in cinemas.

Fenech also spoke of his antipathy to working in the advertising industry again and said that the lengthy process involved in getting Screen Australia funding has made him go his own way in producing films such as Housos which he partly funded out of his own pocket. Read more »

Bad Boy Bubby actor Nicholas Hope: distributors are scared to back brave Australian films

Nicholas Hope in Bad Boy Bubby

Nicholas Hope, who played the lead role in Australian cult classic Bad Boy Bubby, has said that film distributors are “frightened” to back “brave” Australian films.

Hope told Encore: “There are Australian film-makers out there who are doing daring things. It’s difficult to say if they are being brave enough. The one thing holding them back is distribution.”

“There are brave films out there that just can’t get cinema release,” he said. Read more »

Screentime launches Underbelly video game

The production company behind the Underbelly franchise has added a new product with mobile device game Underbelly: Skirmish.

Created by game and transmedia producers The Project Factory with game developers Epiphany Games for series producers Screentime, the game is available on iPhones, iPads, and soon to be launched on Android.

The game  pits a police special task force against crime syndicate The Rough Company with the gamer either playing the role of police commander or crime boss. Read more »

Redfern Now debuts with 721,000

ABC’s new drama Redfern Now premiered last night on ABC1 as the second most watched show in its timeslot behind Seven’s Beauty and the Geek.

Billed as the first TV series completely written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians, the six-part series follows six different stories of life in Sydney’s inner-city suburb of Redfern.

Last night’s episode, directed by Satellite Boy’s Catriona McKenzie and starring Leah Purcell, debuted with 721,000 total viewers, across the five city metro markets, according to preliminary ratings from OzTAM. Read more »

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