Turmoil at ABC Australia to be focus of investigative special

Ousted ABC Australia MD Melissa Guthrie and former chairman Justin Milne are to give their accounts of the inner turmoil at the broadcaster in an hour-long special. The two execs, who were at the centre of a major shake-up at ABC, will be the focus of Bitter End, which is to air as part of ABC investigative […]

Sky & ABC Australia pair for scripted comedy Frayed

Sky UK and ABC Australia have co-commissioned Frayed, a comedy drama produced by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman Television and Australia’s Guesswork Television. The 6 x 45-minute comedy is the first scripted collaboration between the two broadcasters and is now filming in Newcastle and Sydney, Australia, and London. Set in1989, Frayed follows Sammy Cooper (Sarah […]

ABC comedy head joins Kenya Barris company at Netflix

ABC’s senior VP and head of comedy Jamila Hunter is to depart the company to join Kenya Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society, to run the company under the recent Netflix deal which will see it develop new comedy series for the platform. Hunter has worked closely with Barris on ABC projects including award winning series black-ish […]

ABC board confirms independent investigation into Guthrie exit

The board of Australian public broadcaster ABC has confirmed that an independent advisor is investigating claims made by ousted managing director Melissa Guthrie. In an official statement released by the ABC board, it has clarified the timeline of events that led to Guthrie’s exit from the broadcaster last month.  It has said it received a […]

ABC Australia chairman resigns in major shake-up

ABC Australia chairman John Milne (pictured) has resigned amid claims that he enabled government interference in the journalism of the public broadcaster.  A year into his post, Milne has stepped down from ABC after reports emerged that he had called for certain political journalists to be fired because the Australian government took umbrage with their […]

ABC Australia exec joins Matchbox Pictures as MD

NBCUniversal-owned Safe Harbour producer Matchbox Pictures has appointed ABC Australia exec Alastair McKinnon (pictured, right) as managing director. The exec was most recently head of content investment and planning at the public broadcaster, where he was responsible for overseeing content production, business and planning activities across all genres and platforms for ABC’s entertainment and specialist […]

ABC Australia MD fired halfway through term

ABC Australia managing director Melissa Guthrie (pictured) has been fired halfway into her five-year term with the public broadcaster. ABC chairman Justin Milne, who made the announcement, has said that directors of the board agreed it was not in the best interests of the broadcaster for Guthrie to remain in her role. No specific reasoning […]

ABC brings talent search back to the UK

ABC is bringing its digital talent search back to the UK for a second year. The competition, which aims to scout new talent for the US broadcaster, is now live in the US and UK. The British version of the competition was launched in 2017, with winners receiving a $25,000 talent deal with the Grey’s […]

ABC orders up new drama, Reef Break

ABC has gone straight to series on a 13 episode drama series starring Poppy Montgomery. The show, Reef Break, is produced by ABC Studios and ABC Studios International in partnership with M6, and will air on ABC in the US and M6 in France. Disney Media Distribution holds international rights to the series. Reef Break […]

Netflix surpasses HBO in Emmy nominations

For the first time, Netflix has surpassed HBO in the number of Emmy nominations it received for 2018, ending HBO’s 17-year streak as leader. Netflix received 112 nominations to HBO’s 108. This time last year HBO had 110 nominations to Netflix’s 91. The Netflix titles nominated include Queer Eye (pictured), Black Mirror, The Crown, Stranger […]

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