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Fall TV First Impression: Dynasty

Fall TV First Impression: Dynasty
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including David Boreanaz’s Seal drama, the adventures of Fox’s Gifted mutants and ABC’s rapping Mayor. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots. Next up on our list….

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The Show | The CW’s Dynasty (Wednesdays at 9/8c, premiere date Tba)

The Competition | ABC’s Modern Family/American Housewife, NBC’s Law & Order: Svu, CBS’ Seal Team (new) and Fox’s Star

The Cast | Grant Show (Melrose Place), Elizabeth Gillies (Victorious
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Aftrs names new heads of directing, documentary, cinematography and VFX

  • IF.com.au
Rowan Woods. Aftrs has appointed new heads of directing, documentary, cinematography and visual effects.

Head of directing is Rowan Woods, head of documentary Rachel Landers, head of cinematography Kim Batterham and head of visual effects Susan Danta.

.I am thrilled to confirm these new members of our team across the Discipline areas. Rowan, Rachel, Kim and Susan each have impressive careers as filmmakers as well as in teaching and I know our students across the curriculum will benefit from their incredible expertise and experience,. said Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow.

Woods, an Aftrs graduate, has a list of directorial credits that include The Kettering Incident, Nowhere Boys 3, The Straits, Little Fish and The Boys

Landers has been a lecturer at Aftrs since 2009; most recently she has been the subject leader for Non Fiction, developing and running the BA (Screen) and teaching the Master of Screen Arts.. A filmmaker and historian, Landers
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Sling Shot program for emerging Western Sydney writers open for entries

  • IF.com.au
The Information and Cultural Exchange's Sling Shot program for emerging screenwriters from Western Sydney is facilitated by screenwriter Nick Parsons (The Straits, My Place) and is taking applications until this Sunday..

The Ice program takes the form of three intensive workshops "which will cover the narrative elements needed to communicate strong, compelling stories, and support emerging writers to develop a 1 — 2 page pitch document".

"The writer.s first shot at grabbing the attention of a producer or TV exec is usually through the pitch. In the shortest and most succinct form, the pitch must convey the essence of the story, characters, and dramatic stakes, and hook the audience from the on-set".

Workshops are free, and up to ten participants are selected.

Sessions are three Thursday evenings in a row - March 24, March 31 and April 7 - from 5.30 to 7.30 pm at the Information and Cultural Exchange in Sydney's Parramatta.

Parsons was the script
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Sling Shot program for emerging Western Sydney writers calls for entries

  • IF.com.au
The Information and Cultural Exchange's Sling Shot program for emerging screenwriters from Western Sydney is facilitated by screenwriter Nick Parsons (The Straits, My Place) and is taking applications until this Sunday..

The Ice program takes the form of three intensive workshops "which will cover the narrative elements needed to communicate strong, compelling stories, and support emerging writers to develop a 1 — 2 page pitch document".

"The writer.s first shot at grabbing the attention of a producer or TV exec is usually through the pitch. In the shortest and most succinct form, the pitch must convey the essence of the story, characters, and dramatic stakes, and hook the audience from the on-set".

Workshops are free, and up to ten participants are selected.

Sessions are three Thursday evenings in a row - March 24, March 31 and April 7 - from 5.30 to 7.30 pm at the Information and Cultural Exchange in Sydney's Parramatta.

Parsons was the script
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Alex & Eve set to make merry

  • IF.com.au
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Director Peter Andrikidis was bowled over by the audience reactions to his romantic comedy Alex & Eve when it screened at the Greek Film Festival at Palace.s Norton Street Leichhardt cinemas on Sunday.

It was the first time he.d seen the film with a paid audience and he marvelled at their rollercoaster of emotions, from laughter to tears to laughter.

After several decades in the business Andrikidis knows not to get carried away - festival patrons don.t always reflect mainstream tastes - but the omens are favourable in the lead up to the opening this Thursday. After all, Oddball shows broad. Aussie comedies can resonate effectively.. .

.I am optimistic but you never know,. says the director, acknowledging that some of what he regarded as his best TV works did not succeed while programs he was less happy with did so.

Exhibitors are supporting
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Beyond returns to drama after 11 years

  • IF.com.au
Veteran writer and executive producer David Ogilvy has been appointed head of Beyond.s new scripted drama division, marking the company's return to the genre after 11 years.

The former ABC executive will develop scripted content across a broad range of genres for local and international markets, working with emerging and established writing, directing and producing talent.

Beyond's last drama series was Stingers, which wrapped production in 2004 after eight seasons on the Nine Network.

Ogilvy joins from ABC TV where he was commissioning editor of fiction since 2012. His credits as Ep at the ABC include The Code, Rake, Anzac Girls, Janet King, Hiding, Mabo, An Accidental Soldier, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and The Straits.

Previously he worked as a writer and script producer on a broad range of adult and children.s drama.. His writing credits include East West 101, The Strip, Young Lions, Lockie Leonard, Dance Academy, Outriders, Blue Water High and Escape from Jupiter.
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Awgie wins for The Water Diviner

  • IF.com.au
Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight.s The Water Diviner won the top prize and the gong for best original feature at the 2015 Awgie Awards.

It was the first time a feature collected the Australian Writers' Guild's Major Award and the gong for original feature since 2012 when Tony Briggs and Keith Thompson won with The Sapphires.

The prize for feature film adaptation was shared by Brendan Cowell for Scarlett Productions'. Ruben Guthrie and Tommy Murphy for Matchbox Pictures' Holding the Man.

Matchbox and Full Clip.s Deadline Gallipoli was named best original TV miniseries, acknowledging the work of writers Jacquelin Perske (also script producer), Stuart Beattie, Shaun Grant and Cate Shortland.

FremantleMedia.s Wentworth Season 3, Episode 3 The Governor.s Pleasure by Stuart Page shared the TV series award with Endemol Australia.s Offspring Episode 511 by Michael Lucas. Jan Sardi and Mac Gudgeon took the award for best miniseries adaptation for
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Writer blasts sexism in casting

  • IF.com.au
One of Australia.s most experienced screenwriters has criticised sexism in casting which she says discriminates against women who aren.t deemed attractive and those from ethnic backgrounds.

Kristen Dunphy says this bias in casting often works against the stereotypes which writers are striving to avoid.

A screenwriter for 20 years, her extensive credits include Essential Media and Entertainment.s upcoming Sbs drama The Principal, Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions. ABC3 indigenous teen drama Ready for This, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, The Straits, East West 101, Wildside, Heartbreak High and G.P.

.Talented actresses who are overweight, unattractive, unusual looking or just plain ordinary are still rarely cast, unless the show.s a comedy,. she writes in the latest edition of Aftrs. Lumina, which is dedicated to gender equality in the screen industry.

.It seems there is no such thing as a vital female who is not also young, thin and beautiful.
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Aussie writer to ply his trade in the UK

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Aacta-award winner Blake Ayshford believes writers in the UK are more valued than they are in Australia.

That.s one reason why the screenwriter is heading to the UK in a few months to pursue the opportunity to work on an eclectic bunch of projects set in Europe, the Middle East and South America.

Not that Ayshford, whose credits include The Code, Devil.s Playground, An Accidental Soldier, The Straits and Crownies, is turning his back on Oz.

He intends to work part-time in the UK while juggling several Australian projects including adaptations of two popular Australian novels for the ABC. He's written an episode of The Beautiful Lie, a modern retelling of Tolstoy.s Anna Karenina to be produced by Endemol Australia.s John Edwards and Imogen Banks for the public broadcaster.

Ayshford, who won an Aacta award as one of the producers of Devil.s Playground, shared with
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Producers unveil strategic alliance

  • IF.com.au
Morrissey Molloy Entertainment, Garry Charny.s Spotted Turquoise Films and Michael Gudinski.s Mushroom Pictures have unveiled a joint venture which aims to produce at least six films.

The first two projects are Boys in the Trees, a drama starring Harrison Gilbertson and Alice Englert, and Wake Up Dead, which has Alex Russell and Luke Ford attached.

.We each bring different skills and strong national and international contacts to the joint venture,. Charny tells If. The .matchmaker. was Maura Fay casting agent Marianne Jade, who is casting both films.

"She suggested we get together for a cup of coffee and we realised we were each producing a film we liked and respected,. said Molloy, who is developing Boys in the Trees for the co-venture between Mushroom and Morrissey Molloy.

Wake Up Dead is the first Australian film from Spotted Turquoise. Charny produced Ray Lawrence.s Jindabyne in his former role as head of April Films.
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NBC Universal Buys Out Australia’s Matchbox Pictures

Hong Kong – NBC Universal International Television Production has bought out the remaining shares in Australia’s Matchbox Pictures.

NBC U bought an initial stake in the firm which spans TV drama, comedy, documentary, young adult television and feature films in 2011.

The studio said that Matchbox will continue to be run as a separate entity headed by MD Chris Oliver Taylor and creative Penny Chapman, Tony Ayres and Kylie Washington. It said that full ownership positions Matchbox for future growth, will help it connect with the whole of the NBC U group and enable it to expand in scripted and unscripted content.

Founded in 2008 by Chapman and Ayres, Matchbox has produced shows including “The Slap,” (pictured) The Straits” and “Nowhere Boys.”

NBC U’s other international production labels include Carnival Films, Monkey Kingdom, Lucky Giant, Chocolate Media and a Jv with Working Title, all in the UK, and Lark Productions in Canada.
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NBCUniversal Takes Full Control of Australia's Matchbox Pictures

NBCUniversal International Television Production has taken full control of Australian production company Matchbox Pictures, producers of Hulu's critically-acclaimed drama The Straits and the BAFTA-winning The Slap, which NBC is adapting as a miniseries for the U.S.. NBCUniversal was already an equity partner in Matchbox, having taken a stake in the company back in 2011. The new ownership arrangement will not change management at Matchbox. Chris Oliver Taylor will stay on as managing director, company founders Penny Chapman and Tony Ayres will continue to run the company's scripted production business and Kylie Washington the unscripted. “Matchbox is one

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Spa winners announced

  • IF.com.au
Goalpost Pictures, Matchbox Pictures. Penny Chapman, Jungleboys, Top of the Lake and Lore won key awards at the Screen Producers Australia awards on Wednesday night. Julie Zemiro hosted the free-wheeling ceremony at the Crown Palladium with an appealing mixture of humour, self-deprecating satire and due respect for the recipients. Goalpost was named Production Business of the Year, its principals Ben Grant and Rosemary Blight noting they have been in the industry for 23 years. Chapman received the Maura Fay Award for Services to the Industry in recognition for her work on programs such as The Slap, The Straits, Old School and Devil.s Playground. Jungleboys took the award for Breakthrough Business of the Year, co-founder Jason Burrows paying tribute to his partners Phil Lloyd and Trent O.Donnell. Burrows also expressed gratitude to Screen Australia, the ABC and Centrelink for .financing. the first nine months of Jungleboys. existence. See-Saw Films. Top of the Lake
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An Accidental Soldier set to travel

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ABC telemovie An Accidental Soldier looks set to be sold to multiple territories after London-based Dcd Rights acquired the international distribution rights.

Dcd Rights will introduce the film to international buyers at the Mipcom market in Cannes which runs October 7-10. The firm has an impressive track record in selling Australian dramas and comedies including Rake, The Slap, Mr & Mrs Murder, The Straits, The Strange Calls and A Moody Christmas.

Directed by Rachel Ward and produced by Goalpost Pictures and Taylor Media, An Accidental Soldier starred Dan Spielman, Marie Brunel, Bryan Brown and Julia Zemiro.

Set during WW1 and scripted by Blake Ayshford and based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, it.s the tale of a romance between a young Australian baker who deserted the front line and a grieving French woman who risks her life by sheltering him from the authorities.

Meanwhile, the third season of
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Grant Gustin cast as The Flash, new Arrow promo released

Back in July it was announced that The CW and Warner Bros. Television were to expand their roster of small screen DC characters by spinning off a Flash show from the hit superhero series Arrow, and now the search for Barry Allen has come to an end with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Grant Gustin (90210, Glee) has secured the role of the Scarlet Speedster.

"I’m unbelievably excited," said Gustin, who was originally pinpointed as one of three actors screen testing for the role of The Flash earlier this week by Latino Review, with the other two candidates being Matt Barr (Parkland) and James Mackay (The Straits). "I’ve been a lifelong fan of DC Comics, so I can’t be more honored and can’t wait to get started."

Gustin is set to appear in episodes eight, nine and twenty of Arrow season two, with the latter acting as
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Who Will Play The Flash In CW's "Arrow"?

  • Dark Horizons
While numerous heroes will make their first appearance in the second season of The CW's "Arrow," none is more anticipated than Barry Allen, aka The Flash.

It's a big role, partly because whomever is cast in the recurring role will also be the lead of a potential spin-off series. Now, Latino Review reports that the potential casting list has been reduced to three names - James Mackay, Matt Barr and Grant Gustin.

Australian actor James Mackay is best known for a role in the Aussie drama "The Straits" and the upcoming Josh Hartnett-led "Singularity".

Texan-born Matt Barr starred in shows like "Hatfields & McCoys," "Hellcats," "Harper's Island," "Commander in Chief" and has a role in the upcoming "Parkland".

Finally, there's Grant Gustin who is best known for the recurring role of Sebastian Smythe in Fox's "Glee."

The character is slated to appear in the second half of the second season.
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Cut Snake snares Stapleton, Russell

  • IF.com.au
Sullivan Stapleton and Alex Russell will play ex-cons in Cut Snake, Matchbox Pictures. crime thriller directed by Tony Ayres, which shoots in Melbourne in late October.

Also attached is Jessica De Gouw, a fast-rising Aussie actress who stars in TV's. Arrow and the upcoming series Dracula, which features Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the vampire who.s brought back to life and poses as an American entrepreneur.

The producers are Trevor Blainey (Noise) and Matchbox Pictures. Michael McMahon (The Home Song Stories, Lou, The Slap).

Written by Blake Ayshford (The Time of Our Lives, The Straits), Cut Snake is described as a tense, psychologically-driven crime thriller in which one man discovers his biggest enemy to putting the past behind him is himself.

It marks a return to the big screen for Ayres who directed a segment of Tim Winton.s The Turning,. episodes of The Slap, executive-produced Underground: The Julian Assange Story
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Bryan Brown and Sam Neill go Old School

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Bryan Brown and Sam Neill will star in Old School, an ABC series in the vein of the BBC comedy-drama New Tricks. Brown will play Ted, a retired cop, with Neill as Lennie, an ex-crim. The odd couple turn sleuth to solve crimes, unravel scams and earn much-needed dosh.

The cast includes Sarah Peirse as Ted.s feisty, sports-mad wife; Hanna Mangan Lawrence as Lennie.s granddaughter Shannon; Mark Coles-Smith as Jason, the mechanic son of one of Lennie.s prison mates; and Damian Walshe-Howling as a charming opportunist who woos Shannon.

The show was created by Paul Oliver and Steve Wright and will be produced by Matchbox Pictures. Helen Panckhurst and exec produced by Tony Ayres and Penny Chapman.

Production of the eight-part series starts in Sydney in June with the directing chores shared by Gregor Jordan (Two Hands, Buffalo Soldiers), Peter Templeman (Not Suitable For Children) and Oliver.
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Streaming On Hulu: Australian Dramatic Series 'The Straits'

Streaming On Hulu: Australian Dramatic Series 'The Straits'
"The problem with a war is, everybody loses.  So, whatever we do now has to finish it." These are a father's words of wisdom, bestowed upon his adult children as they follow in his footsteps, running drugs and guns between Australia and Papua New Guinea, and warring with the local competition in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) ten-episode dramatic series, The Straits. Led by Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor Brian Cox, The Straits is a drama that relies heavily on violence and dark humor to convey the tale of Harry (Cox) and Kitty (Rena Owen) Montebello, an Australian couple who has raised four adopted children to participate in and someday master the family's criminal enterprise.  Aaron Fa'aoso, Jimi Bani, Suzannah Bayes-Morton, and Firass Dirani star as their sometimes reluctant-to-cooperate brood. Produced by Matchbox Pictures, The Straits had a one-season run in 2012, before getting the axe and landing on Hulu.  So if you're interested in.
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Streaming On Hulu: Australian Dramatic Series 'The Straits'

  • ShadowAndAct
"The problem with a war is, everybody loses.  So, whatever we do now has to finish it." These are a father's words of wisdom, bestowed upon his adult children as they follow in his footsteps, running drugs and guns between Australia and Papua New Guinea, and warring with the local competition in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC) ten-episode dramatic series, The Straits. Led by Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor Brian Cox, The Straits is a drama that relies heavily on violence and dark humor to convey the tale of Harry (Cox) and Kitty (Rena Owen) Montebello, an Australian couple who has raised four adopted children to participate in and someday master the family's...
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