A new feature documentary by director Bill Bennett about a protection group for multicultural Indian couples is due to be picked up by SBS.
The documentary, called Love Commandos will be produced by Bennett and Anupam Sharma with Peter Abbott of Freehand executive producing.
With a letter of intent from SBS, the documentary has come off the back of research for Bennett and Sharma’s forthcoming feature film Defiant, starring Toni Collette and Dev Patel.
Five-part series The Beer Factor will celebrate Australian inventors creating beer-related ideas in front of a studio audience and a panel of beer experts.
The series, to be hosted by comedian Tom Gleeson, is going out first on GO! and in late night on Nine.
The ABC Gardening Australia presenter died this morning after a short battle with cancer.
Indigenous Australians looking to enter the screen and print sector have had their opportunities bolstered with a new work and training program.
Launched by arts minister Simon Crean and Indigenous employment and economic development minister Julie Collins, the work and training program aims to create 40 new jobs across newspapers, new media, film and television.
Ten’s latest format I Will Survive has failed to gather steam after a quiet debut, on another night on which Ten was beaten for channel share by the ABC.
The search for a star of stage competition, based Aussie classic film Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, dropped in its second episode on Wednesday night to 427,000, down from Tuesday’s debut of 506,000.
The show placed 25th for the night and fourth in its time slot of 7:30pm, according to preliminary reports from OzTam.
Selected to the festival’s Discovery program, the film is the sixth Australian feature bound for the Toronto International Film Festival. Read more »
The search for Australia’s next big star of the stage has rated 506,000 – making it the 23rd most watched show of Tuesday, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.
However, in one sign of hope for the show, its audience rose the entire time it was on air, finishing with 688,000.
The result comes less than 24 hours after the network axed its other new competition format Everybody Dance Now after just one week. Read more »
In a speech to the Australian International Movie Convention, Williams called for new copyright laws and the the National Broadband Network to be forced to act over the content its users download in the future.
Labelling the issue one being driven by the type of people who hung out in the hip cafes of Melbourne, Williams said: “How many people, I wonder, had already seen Downton Abbey or Mad Men or Bored to Death before they screened here? Read more »
No more episodes will air, with this Sunday’s episode dropped from the schedule.
A new Australian documentary about the international wine industry will see a theatrical release from major distributor, Roadshow Films.
Red Obsession is produced by Lion Rock Films with David Roach writing and co-directing and Warwick Ross producing and co-directing.
The film, made for just over $1m is currently in post-production. Read more »
A new feature film about Australian Jessica Watson, the youngest person to sail around the world, is due in cinemas late 2013.
The film to be called True Spirit will be directed by American film-maker Sean McNamara. Read more »
The comedy musical about an all-girl, Indigenous film, distributed by eOne/Hopscotch, took $1.964m in its second weekend.
Across the 280 screens, the film had a screen average of $7,017. Read more »
The acquisition includes post houses Iloura, Digital Pictures, Cornerpost, Boffswana and PAX Entertainment to augment into Deluxe’s Australian services.
Production of MasterChef Australia is to move to Melbourne from Sydney.
After four seasons in Sydney, and following the sale of the Alexandria kitchen where the series was shot, MasterChef will move to the Melbourne Showgrounds for the 2013 season.
David Mott, Network Ten chief programming officer said: Read more »
Selected by a panel of film critics, the award now in its second year, is for the best Australian feature film at MIFF. Read more »
Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War – telling how the late Nine owner shook up the sporting establishment – was the most watched show of Sunday by a long way, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam. Read more »
One of the independent TV production sector’s most successful collaborations is coming to an end with Anita Jacoby reported to be departing Zapruder’s Other Films, the company she created with Andrew Denton. Read more »
It averaged a metro audience of 833,000 according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam. This was just half of its Monday night launch show.
While the show was expected to see a fall off after its heavily promoted debut on Monday, the constant decline since then raises the stakes for the coming week – when weekday-to-weekday comparisons can be made.
Monday will almost certainly be down on the previous Monday because that was the debut show, but after that the market will begin to get a fuller picture on where Big Brother’s audience is likely to settle. Read more »