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Doctor Blake Mysteries halts production over McLachlan allegations

Australian drama The Doctor Blake Mysteries has halted production after a series of assault allegations against star Craig McLachlan were made. Producer December Media has stopped the tape rolling while the allegations are checked out, while streaming service ABC iView has withdrawn its fifth season episodes and a TV movie. This comes after an ABC […]

Seven’s long serving production head resigns

Brad Lyons, Seven Network’s director of production, has resigned after 20 years at the company. Lyons will depart the Australian broadcaster at the end of the year. The Australian first reported that the exec will take voluntary redundancy. The exec joined Australia’s Seven Network in 1997 as head of infotainment, and took on a range […]

7 Wonder poaches Betty programming chief

Seven Network-backed producer 7 Wonder has poached the director of programming at Discovery Communications-owned Betty. Duncan Coates joins Betty as creative director, a newly-created role, to help the company accelerate its production output. At Betty, Coates has overseen development and production of shows such as The Undateables, Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clark, […]

Nine programming chief exits

Andrew Backwell has resigned from his programming and production role at Australian commercial broadcaster Nine Network. Nine’s managing director of programming and production will leave the network at the end of October, according to TV Tonight, which broke the news today. Backwell will reportedly pursue new career opportunities, with other Nine executives taking up his […]

BBCWW raids Seven West for commercial chief

The BBC’s commercial arm in Australasia has hired the founder of Seven West Media’s live events division as its commercial director. Dustin Lockett (pictured) will join BBC Worldwide ANZ to oversee local activity of brands such as Doctor Who, Sherlock and BBC Earth. It is a new role. This comes soon after BBCWW ANZ restructured […]

Australia’s Seven buys UK drama prodco

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven Network has acquired a stake in British production company Slim Film + Television. The “major” shareholding expands Seven’s growing international production ranks. It already has a joint ventures in the UK, 7Wonder, and the US, 7Beyond, though these are primarily focused on unscripted and Slim hands the network a foothold in […]

Seven mulls Yahoo7 buy-out

The parent of Australia’s Network Seven is considering buying out the co-owner of its Yahoo7 joint venture, after it emerged Verizon was acquiring digital and tech firm Yahoo. Seven West Media and Yahoo have jointly run online entertainment platform Yahoo7 for 17 years – initially as i7 before a 2006 rebrand, but with US-based telco […]

Broadcast veteran Leckie exits Seven

David Leckie is leaving Australian commercial broadcaster Seven Network and will take a full-time role elsewhere. According to local news outlets, negotiations with Seven have ended with Leckie not renewing a multi-year agreement when his contract expires. Therefore, he leaves the broadcaster after 13 years on July 29. Seven has been the top rated Australian […]

Netflix acquires Technicolor adventure toon

Streaming giant Netflix has taken US rights to CG-animated adventure series The Deep. The show will begin streaming on the SVOD platform on June 1 following a deal with distributor DHX Media. The Deep is an underwater adventure series following a family of explorers who investigate the depths of the ocean. Technicolor, the show’s underlying […]

BBC order for Seven’s 7 Wonder

Seven Network-backed UK prodco 7 Wonder has won a BBC commission for Back to the Land, a new factual entertainment series about rural Britain. Fronted by presenter Kate Humble (pictured), the 3x60mins series will go out on BBC Two. It will follow modern rural businesses and entrepreneurs that are invigorating the UK’s rural economy. Humble […]

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