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.
Brands have to take responsibility for the editorial integrity of the branded entertainment they produce – and not leave it to the media who will “take the money”, a media agency boss has said.
The ratings of Nine’s Big Brother have slipped since its big debut at the start of the week, with the reality show dropping below 1m for the first time on a typically poor Thursday night for television viewing.
The show rated with 973,000 – down around 600,000 viewers from its 1.6m debut – but won in every key demographic, 18-49, 16-39 and 25-54.
On at 7pm, Big Brother pulled in exactly the same ratings figure as Home & Away on Seven – both were the top non-news shows of the night. Read more »
Australian film The Sapphires has developed an iPhone and iPad app to accompany the film’s national theatrical release.
SoulSync, created by the Digital Arts Network, formerly Tequila, is a lip-syncing app that syncs the user’s mouth with songs from movie The Sapphires, without singing a word.
The Expendables 2: Deploy & Destroy was created by Soap Creative. Prizes within the game allows users to win a Play Station 3, tickets to the film and game downloads to be won. Read more »
The debut of Cronulla period drama Puberty Blues rated 925,000 for Ten last night in one of the most competitive Wednesday nights of the ratings year.
The remake of the 1979 Australian novel by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette was the second most watched show in the key advertising demographics of 18-49, 16-39 and 25-54 behind Nine’s Big Brother, which rated 1.131m in total viewers.
The first feature film from irreverent American comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, is to get its Australian premiere at the Sydney Underground Film Festival.
It will also open the event.
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie sees the pair given a billion dollars to create a movie but wastes every cent. Read more »
Two Australian films have been added to the Toronto International Film Festival line up.
Both Underground – The Julian Assange Story and Dead Europe will screen in the Contemporary World Cinema program of the festival.
Everybody Dance Now averaged 324,000, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam. Although the number for the FremantleMedia-produced show was still a very low one, it was a slight improvement on Monday night’s 304,000. It was well behind Sunday’s debut of 598,000 though. Masterchef All Stars rated 788,000 for Ten.
The first episodes of Nine’s new US sitcom Anger Management, which is fronted by former Two And A Half Men star Charlie Sheen, rated 1.112m and 1.106m. Big Brother rated 1.327m, down slightly on Monday’s debut of 1.618m. Read more »
The show was the centrepiece of the network’s on air promotion during its Olympics coverage.
Nine also launched the latest in its Underbelly franchise, Underbelly: Badness. It rated even better, averaging 1.78m, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.
It left little room for the second night of Ten’s Everybody Dance Now, which struggled with a desperate 304,000 – half of Sunday night’s debut of 598,000 – in 31st position. Masterchef All Stars rated 702,000 in 16th. Read more »
The casting announcement came from Wenham himself at the launch of Cox’s latest documentary The Dinner Party, about eight liver transplant recipients sharing their experiences on the transplant waiting list, surgery and everyday realities over dinner at Cox’s home. Read more »
Directed by Cate Shortland, and distributed locally by Transmission, the film’s winning of the Piazza Grande Prix du Public award precedes its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Read more »
The film, distributed by Hopscotch/eOne has grossed $2.34m at the most recent count, with figures being finalised, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.
Ten’s first shot in the post-Olympic TV battle was something of a disappointment for the network with Everybody Dance Now’s two-hour opening rating only 598,000 according to overnight ratings from OzTam.
The Fremantle Media-produced show – featuring dancing duels – is presented by Sarah Murdoch, who is married to Ten’s chairman Lachlan Murdoch.
The show was up against the final night of The Olympics on Nine and Seven’s Once Upon A Time.
Preliminary ratings put the audience at 572,000 – this rose to 598,000 after being corrected for the exact time of airing.
The early evening Olympics session averaged 1.457m while the later session averaged 1.307m. Once Upon A Time rated 883,000. Read more »
Nine’s coverage of the London Olympics has had its highest ratings average result since the second day of the event.
Thursday’s early evening session averaged 1.63m total viewers while the evening session averaged 1.79m to win the night, according to preliminary ratings by OzTam. The evening session was the highest single session since day four. Read more »
The film has released its first teaser ahead of its world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival tomorrow with the intention to benefit from a long lead campaign.
The show, now into its second week against Nine’s Olympics, saw a drop of another 160,000 viewers on last week, when it averaged 537,000, across the five city metro market. This week it moved from a Monday to Wednesday slot.
Filming has begun in Queensland for Nim’s Island 2, starring Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi as Nim, a role originally played by Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin. Read more »