Michael Bodey in the Australian did the heavy lifting in the independent screen community to argue that the ABC is cutting drama and children`s TV ahead of any government cuts. What is the ABC response?
Just.. can`t… compute… "George Brandis has not ruled out penalising arts companies and festivals for refusing funding from a tobacco company under a new policy he has asked the Australia Council to create."
Ten years ago, a documentary maker would have taken to Michael Byers with a stake and a silver hammer. Now the aptly named proselyte for the Satanic arts of trading space for money was given the space to make some points which resonate across the industry. David Tiley took the notes.
Dr O`D turns commendably terse over Turnbull`s attempts to see if the public will care about yet another surrender to the media power brokers. So who cares about concentration of ownership besides the staff of regional newsrooms?
The answer to the pub quiz question `Is Catherine dead or alive?` will be known by Christmas, courtesy of NZ On Air. The agency is putting $1.6 million into a two-hour tele-movie which, the announcement claims, will “wrap up the series … trace the lives of the popular characters over a year”.
The Block lost 150,000 on last night, the kitchen show added nearly 100,000 and Home and Away dropped 60,000. BUT Nine gained 45,000 on Inside Story as well, all adding up to Nine gaining two points on the network shares to clear 30%.
Roy Ackerman, innovative veteran of UK factual TV, came into Jamie Oliver`s company Fresh One partly to expand it beyond recipes, scooters, school food laddish dinners and culinary campaigning. It turns out they are both idealists. Anne Richey diaries a conversation between old friends.
Singapore-based former Queenslander Michele Schofield is the Senior Vice President of Programming and Marketing at A+E Networks All Asia, a role which requires a close study of emerging trends in the region. She shared her insights with host Sandy George the AIDC audience and Anne Richey.
The ABC’s Stuart Menzies, who has seen a lot of ideas connect or crawl away, decided to create a hypothetical idea to see how some key producers work their pitching magic. . Watched avidly by David Tiley, They played out the themes of artificiality, control, audience play, ob-docs and authenticity which permeated the conference.