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Actf laments the departure of 10’s Cherrie Bottger

Totally Wild’s Stacey Thomson (l) and Natalie Hunter (r) with Cherrie Bottger at the 2018 Logies (Photo: Network 10).

The Australian Children’s Television Foundation has questioned Network 10’s commitment to children’s TV after the departure of Cherrie Bottger.

The network is not replacing Bottger, who retired late last year after 17 years as head of children’s TV, having championed numerous shows including Totally Wild and Jonathan M Shiff’s The Bureau Of Magical Things, Mako Mermaids and H20: Just Add Water.

Her duties will be shared among the team who worked closely with her over the years – probably no surprise since the commercial free-to-air networks have long lobbied the government to abolish the kids’ quotas.

Actf CEO Jenny Buckland told If: “With Cherrie gone at Ten, what we really lose is any competition for the ABC children’s services. Without replacing her, but instead having people share her different responsibilities,
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Nickelodeon scoops up Jonathan M. Shiff’s ‘The Bureau of Magical Things’

Kimie Tsukakoshi in ‘The Bureau of Magical Things’ (Photo: Mark Taylor).

Nickelodeon has acquired Jonathan M. Shiff Productions’ live-action children series The Bureau of Magical Things, with the series set to premiere on October 8 in the Us and to go on to air on its channels and branded blocks across 170+ countries and territories.

The 20 x 30 series was shot in Queensland with support of Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and City of Gold Coast, and first aired on Ten’s Channel Eleven in July. It was also pre-sold to German public broadcaster Zdf, with Zdf Enterprises taking worldwide distribution rights.

Kimie Tsukakoshi (The Family Law) stars as a Kyra, an ordinary teenage girl who is caught in a clash between an elf and a fairy then becomes magically transformed. Mia Elizabeth Cullen, Julian Cullen, Rainbow Wedell, Jamie Carter, Christopher Sommers, Melanie Zanetti and Nicholas Bell also star.

The Bureau of Magical Things
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Adg names new chapter heads for Nsw and Queensland

Evan Clarry and Pearl Tan.

The Australian Directors Guild has named Evan Clarry as the guild’s new chapter head in Queensland and Pearl Tan as head of the Nsw chapter.

Clarry takes over from Sally McKenzie, who stepped down after many years of service to the Adg, and Tan succeeds Tony Davison.

McKenzie said: “After five years as the chapter head in Queensland, I’m standing down and passing the baton to Evan Clarry. I’m so glad that someone as capable as Evan has stepped up to the pitch. I have been awarded a Churchill Fellowship and am headed towards a big adventure.”

Clarry’s career began with the short film Mate, which won best film at Flickerfest and best screenplay at the 1998 AFI Awards.

His directing credits include the feature films Blurred and Under the Radar and the Emmy-nominated TV series Mortified. He served as a story developer,
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Cable & Streaming TV Shows (M-r)

Here's the status of TV shows like The Magicians, Major Crimes, Make It Pop, Mako Mermaids, Manhunt: UNABOMer, The Man in the High Castle, Man Seeking Woman, Maniac, Mann & Wife, Marcella, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Deadpool, Marvel's Iron Fist, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage, Marvel's The Defenders, Marvel’s New Warriors, Marvel's The Punisher, Marvel's Runaways, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Mary + Jane, Mary Kills People, Master of None, Masters of Sex, Max and Shred, McMafia, Mech-X4, Medici: Masters of Florence, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Melrose, Micronesian Blues, Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus, The Mindy Project, Miracle Workers, Miss 2059, The Missing, The Mist, Motive, Mozart in the Jungle, Mr. Mercedes, Mr. Robot, Mr. Student Body President, Murder in the First, Muscle Beach, The Musketeers, Narcos, Nashville, National Treasure, The New Pope, Nicki, Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn, Nightcap, The Night Manager,
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Netflix announces first original Aussie series, 'Tidelands'


Two years after its launch in Australia, Netflix has announced its first local series, Tidelands..

To be produced by Brisbane.s Hoodlum Entertainment,.Tidelands is a supernatural crime drama.penned by Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies). Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath will executive produce, with production expected to kick off in Queensland next year.

The synopis: a former criminal who returns home to the fishing village of Orphelin Bay. After a body washes ashore, she must uncover town.s secrets and investigate its strange inhabitants: .a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called .Tidelanders.. proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,. said Netflix's vice president of international original series Erik Barmack.

.We can.t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world...

Robertson said the Hoodlum team were excited to partner
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Shane and Clayton Jacobson reteam for black comedy 'Sibling Rivalry'

Shane Jacobson in 'Kenny', written and directed by brother Clayton. The two will join forces again on 'Sibling Rivalry'.

The brothers behind Kenny,.Shane and Clayton Jacobson, are set to reunite for a new film, black comedy Sibling Rivalry..

The feature is one of four film projects and seven television dramas supported by Screen Australia in its latest $8.8 million funding round..

The pair will co-star in the film, which revolves around two brothers who, with their mother at death.s door, go to extreme lengths to protect their inheritance.

Clayton will direct the film and produce along with Jason Byrne (Sucker, How to Talk Australians). The script has been penned by Jamie Browne (The Mule, Secret Daughter, Please Like Me), with Tait Brady (The BBQ, Little Acorns, Healing) and Julia Adams (Mako Mermaids,The Day My Butt Went Psycho) executive producing..

Among the other projects funded
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Spa and Meaa back Greens campaign to #SaveKidsTV

'Mako Mermaids' (photo courtesy of Jonathan M. Shiff Productions).

The Australian Greens have launched a campaign to support local children.s television, arguing the government should strengthen the requirements on commercial broadcasters to produce and air such content.

Launched yesterday, the #SaveKidsTV campaign has been backed by Screen Producers Australia and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (Meaa)..

The Greens. arts and youth spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said Aussie children.s television was .in a fight for its life...

.Children.s television has played a crucial role in our country and the development of young Australians for generations, but the media landscape is undoubtedly shifting..

.New players like Netflix and Stan have changed the way that all of us, including young people, consume media and they can't be allowed to leave children.s TV behind..

.In an ever-connected and global world, our children need safe places where they can
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Monkey reboot The Legend of Monkey set to arrive in 2018

Get ready for more Monkey magic, with Deadline reporting that See-Saw Films and Jump Film & TV are rebooting the classic Japanese TV show with The Legend of Monkey, a new 10 episode series based upon the 16th century Chinese fable Journey to the West.

The Legend of Monkey will follow a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a perilous journey as they attempt to bring an end to a demonic reign of chaos and restore balance to their world. Featuring in the cast are Chai Hansen (Mako Mermaids, The 100) as Monkey, Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Blue Rose) as Tripitaka, Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, 7 Days) as Pigsy and Emile Cocquerel (Lion, An Accidental Soldier) as Sandy.

The New Zealand-Australian co-production has been written by Jacquelin Perske (Spirited), Craig Irvin (Nowhere Boys) and Samantha Strauss (Dance Academy), with Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) directing. It is set to air on ABC,
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See Saw and Jump team on ‘The Legend of Monkey’ for ABC, Tvnz and Netflix

(L-r): Josh Thomson, Chai Hansen, Luciane Buchanan and Emilie Cocquerel (Photo: Geoffrey Short)..

See Saw Films and Jump Film & TV have kicked off production on.The Legend of Monkey for ABC, Tvnz and Netflix..

To be shot on location around Auckland, the 10x30. children.s series is an adaptation of the 16th century Chinese fable Journey to the West. It.follows a teenage girl and a trio of fallen gods on a journey to bring an end to a demonic reign..

The Legend of Monkey will star Chai Hansen (Mako Mermaids, The 100) with Luciane Buchanan (Filthy Rich, Blue Rose), Josh Thomson (Terry Teo, 7 Days, The Project) and Emilie Cocquerel (Lion, An Accidential Soldier)..

Head writer is Jacquelin Perske (Seven Types of Ambiguity, Spirited), who will work alongside Craig Irvin (Nowhere Boys) and Samantha Strauss (Dance Academy)..

The lead director is Gerard Johnstone (Housebound, The Jaquie Brown Diaries), with Irvin to direct additional eps.
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'800 Words': a model for successful Trans-Tasman partnerships?

South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin.

800 Words, a Seven and South Pacific Pictures co-pro, stars Erik Thomson as a widower who relocates to Nz along with his kids, played by Melina Vidler (Mako: Island of Secrets) and Benson Jack Anthony (Underbelly Razor).

The role saw Thomson win the Silver Logie for Most Popular Male in 2016, and Vidler win the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Newcomer.

Created by James Griffin and Maxine Fleming and produced by Chris Bailey, the show.s executive producers are Seven.s Julie McGauran and John Holmes and South Pacific Pictures CEO Kelly Martin, whose credits include Shortland Street and The Brokenwood Mysteries.

For South Pacific Pictures, the success of the show, originally made possible by the New Zealand Film Commission.s Screen Production Grant, has been gratifying.

.We knew we had a great show,. says Martin. .Unfortunately these days that doesn.t always mean you get a big audience.
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Screen Queensland backs nine productions

Local screen production in Queensland has hit a high this financial year, according to Acting Queensland Premier Curtis Pitt..

Nine films, documentaries, and TV series have been supported with Screen Queensland production investment since July 2016.

.These nine productions are due to spend a combined estimated total of $26 million in Queensland, creating over 300 local jobs,. Mr Pitt said.

.This is one of the state.s most successful and competitive periods of screen production investment by the Queensland Government, through Screen Queensland..

.The list of productions highlight the strength of the local screen industry, the depth of talent and skills we have in Queensland, and the confidence business has in our state."

The state government has committed $30 million in funding over a four-year period to June 2019 to foster growth in local productions and attract large-scale film and high-end television productions..

.This approach not only generates jobs and investment, it also helps build
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Screen Australia injects $15 million into film and TV production

Storm Boy.

Screen Australia has unveiled the recipients of its last production investment funding round of 2016. $15 million is shared between seven films and eight television projects, including anticipated titles such as Fred Schepisi.s Andorra and the Shawn Seet remake of Storm Boy..

.We are delighted to be supporting TV projects from so many of the major players all in one round including Foxtel, Channel Seven, Network Ten, the ABC and Sbs," CEO Graeme Mason said. "And in film we look forward to seeing the latest from acclaimed talents Fred Schepisi, Jonathan Teplitzky and John Maynard."

The successful feature film projects are:.

– A contemporary re-imagining of 1976 classic Storm Boy from writer Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear), director Shawn Seet (Deep Water, The Code) and Ambience Entertainment producers Michael Boughen and Matthew Street (Tomorrow When the War Began). This time around we meet Mike .Storm Boy. Kingley as a grandfather
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Nominees announced for 2016 Screen Music Awards

The Dressmaker.

Apra Amcos and the Agsc have unveiled the nominees for this year's Screen Music Awards.

The Dressmaker is out in front, up for Best Feature Film Score of the Year and Best Soundtrack Album, thanks to the work of David Hirschfelder.

Also up for gongs are well-known names such as Cezary Skubiszewski, Antony Partos, David Bridie, Michael Yezerski, and duo Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks.

The most nominated composers are Partos and Yezerski, up for four awards each for work across various productions.

First-time nominees include Darren Seltmann, a former member of the Avalanches, and his singer-songwriter wife Sally. Their song from The Letdown, .Dancing in the Darkness., is up for Best Original Song Composed for the Screen.

Other new faces include Adam Moses, Nicholas Robert Thayer, Tristan Dewey, Helen Grimley and Anthony Egizii.

Winners will be announced November 8 at the City Recital Hall, Sydney. Emmy Award winning
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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 23-29

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"The Finest Hours"

Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, and Eric Bana lead a band of brothers on the high sea in this action thriller based on the true story of a 1952 U.S. Coast Guard rescue. Check it out on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and On-Demand on May 24. There's a ton of great bonus footage including the new documentary "Against All Odds: The Bernie Webber Story"; "Brotherhood," with the cast members reflecting on the bonds they forged during the shoot; "Two Crews," with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck sharing insights into Bernie Webber and Ray Sybert; behind-the-scenes interviews with real U.S. Coast Guard members; and new deleted scenes.

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New to Netflix in May: 'Bring It On', 'Sixteen Candles' and more 'Grace and Frankie'

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New to Netflix in May: 'Bring It On', 'Sixteen Candles' and more 'Grace and Frankie'
If I learned one thing from The Lion King, it’s be prepared. This applies to so many things in life, not the least of which is my Netflix viewing schedule. A schedule of the newest arrivals to the streaming video service is out. The highlights include Bring It On (May 1), Sixteen Candles (May 1), Grace and Frankie: Season 2 (May 6) and the Hitchcock classic To Catch a Thief (May 1). Following is a full listing. Start your planning now. May 1, 2016 A Study in Sherlock Admiral Ava's Possessions Bring It On Bring It On: All or Nothing Easy Living: Seasons 1-3 El Crítico FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue Finger of God Gary Gulman: It's About Time Great Expectations I Am Road Comic Jesus Town, USA Just Friends Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of The Bus Funny Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz
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New on Netflix: May 2016

May 2016 promises to deliver more Netflix Originals than you can shake a stick at.

Wait no more: Netflix Originals "Grace and Frankie" and "Bloodline" return for their second seasons in May. Also returning is the original Netflix reality series "Chef's Table." And dying for the return of BBC's "Sherlock"? Enjoy "A Study in Sherlock," in which the show's co-creator and cast discuss the inner workings of the detective series.

New movies to streaming include "Goosebumps" and other 2015 movies you might have missed, as well as cheerleading classic "Bring It On" and John Hughes favorite "Sixteen Candles."

Here's the complete list of what's new on Netflix for May 2016. All title and dates are subject to change.

Available May 1, 2016

"A Study in Sherlock" (2016)

"Admiral" (2015)

"Ava's Possessions" (2015)

"Bring It On" (2000)

"Bring It On: All or Nothing" (2006)

"Easy Living": Seasons 1-3

"El Critico" (2013)

"FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue" (1998)

"Finger of God" (2007)

"Gary Gulman
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New Promo Video for Wolf Creek Series

Mick Taylor’s return is teased in a new, brief promo video for the six-episode Wolf Creek series, premiering later this year on the Australian streaming service Stan.

Comprised of six one-hour episodes, the Wolf Creek series is directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (director of Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) from a script by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard.

All six episodes are set to debut exclusively on Stan in mid-2016. John Jarratt will reprise his role as Mick Taylor and Lucy Fry (11/22/63) will play Eve, the young woman pursuing the serial killer.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on the Wolf Creek series as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have highlights from the previous press release as well as the new teaser video:

From the Press Relesae (via mUmBRELLA): Ten years since the release of the hugely successful feature film Wolf Creek,
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Watch: New Teaser Video for Wolf Creek Series

Outback killer Mick Taylor will return this year in a six-episode Wolf Creek series on the Australian streaming service Stan, and a new teaser video offers a glimpse at the vengeful 19-year-old Eve, who’s looking to give Mick a taste of his own torturous medicine.

Comprised of six one-hour episodes, the Wolf Creek series is directed by Tony Tilse and Greg McLean (director of Wolf Creek and Wolf Creek 2) from a script by Peter Gawler and Felicity Packard. All six episodes are set to debut exclusively on Stan in mid-2016. John Jarratt will reprise his role as Mick Taylor and Lucy Fry (11/22/63) will play Eve, the young woman pursuing the serial killer.

We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on the Wolf Creek series as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have highlights from the previous press release as well as the new teaser video:

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11.22.63 Video: James Franco Finds Danger in Hulu Time-Travel Drama

11.22.63 Video: James Franco Finds Danger in Hulu Time-Travel Drama
Hulu on Thursday released another teaser trailer for its upcoming 11.22.63 series, solidifying the notion that the past is a very scary place indeed.

The video shows James Franco as Jake Epping, a run-of-the-mill English teacher who is tasked with traveling through time to stop John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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As cheery music plays and several events unfold in reverse, the promo gives you the eerie sense that things are about to get very dangerous for Epping. After all, as the tagline reminds us, “The past hates trespassers.”

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11.22.63 Teaser: James Franco Stars in J.J. Abrams' Time-Travelling Drama

11.22.63 Teaser: James Franco Stars in J.J. Abrams' Time-Travelling Drama
James Franco‘s the kind of guy who’s always willing to do a favor for a friend — even when that favor involves going back to 1963 and preventing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Hulu on Thursday released the first teaser trailer for its eight-part miniseries 11.22.63, in which Franco’s Jake Epping, a seemingly mild-mannered English teacher, must travel through time to stop the aforementioned historical tragedy.

11.22.63 also stars Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones (24), Lucy Fry (Mako Mermaids), T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) and Josh Duhamel (Battle Creek).

Based on the novel by Stephen King,
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