Gardening Australia presenter Colin Campbell dies

ABC TV presenter Colin Campbell has passed away at the age of 79.

The ABC Gardening Australia presenter died this morning after a short battle with cancer.

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Government launches Indigenous work program for screen and print

Jessica Mauboy, Simon Crean, Deborah Mailman, Julie Collins, Wayne Blair

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.

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I Will Survive fails to lift, Farmer Wants A Wife picks up

I will survive?

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.

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Satellite Boy to get world premiere in Toronto

Feature film Satellite Boy will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Selected to the festival’s Discovery program, the film is the sixth Australian feature bound for the Toronto International Film Festival. Read more »

I Will Survive debuts with just 506,000

Network Ten’s newest reality competition, I Will Survive has struggled on its first episode.

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.

I Will Survive

Source: OzTam/ Ten

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 »

Williams: Illegal downloading is scumbag theft

kim williamsThe boss of News Limited Kim Williams has labelled the downloading of pirated TV shows, music or films as “scumbag theft”.

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 »

Ten: We gave it a shot but we have to cancel Everybody Dance Now

Everybody Dance Now Beat The Streets Team JasonTen’s dance competition show Everybody Dance Now has been cancelled after its last ditch reformat failed to bring in a bigger audience on Sunday.

No more episodes will air, with this Sunday’s episode dropped from the schedule.

This Sunday, the show rated just 385,000 down on the previous week’s. Read more »

Aussie doco Red Obsession set for theatrical release

copyright: Lion Rock Films Pty Ltd. 2012

Peter Tseng Billionaire wine collector

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 »

Jessica Watson biopic to set sail next year

photo by Peter Jackson

Jessica Watson

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 Sapphires adds $2m at box office as The Bourne Legacy debuts

Aussie film The Sapphires added almost another $2m to its total at the box office over the weekend.

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 »

Deluxe acquires Omnilab Media brands

The Australian arm of international screen service company Deluxe has acquired a number of Omnilab Media’s key creative and media services.

The acquisition includes post houses Iloura, Digital Pictures, Cornerpost, Boffswana and PAX Entertainment to augment into Deluxe’s Australian services.

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MasterChef production moves to Melbourne

MasterChef production is moving to Melbourne

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 »

Hail wins at Melbourne International Film Festival

An Australian film based on the real lives of its two lead actors has won The Age Critics’ Award at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

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 tops 2m for Nine

Southern Star’s high quality retelling of Kerry Packer’s creation of World Series Cricket stormed to ratings of 2.097m on Sunday night.

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 »

Anita Jacoby departs Zapruder

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 »

Big Brother ratings continue downwards on Friday

big brother secretBig Brother continued its daily decline on Friday night – the fourth day running that Nine’s reality show has dropped audience.

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 »

Whitlam two-part doco among Screen Australia’s $2m funding round

Gough Whitlam

The story of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s time in power and the changes of the era is among five documentary projects to receive $2m of investment from Screen Australia

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Screen Australia to appear in court to defend James Ricketson allegations

James Ricketson

Screen Australia's Ruth Harley

Screen Australia has filed a formal defence to allegations by veteran film-maker James Ricketson that he has been defamed.

According to the legal document filed at the Supreme Court of NSW, Screen Australia CEO Ruth Harley and COO Fiona Cameron will appear to defend the claims.

According to Ricketson’s claims, Screen Australia has not provided a good enough reason from banning him from talking to the funding body.

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