Network Seven

Show of the week: Con Girl

This 4 x 60-minute documentary series tells the stranger-than-fiction story of con artist Samantha Azzopardi, who has amassed at least 70 false identities since she embarked upon her career of deception as a 14-year-old girl from Brisbane. On the surface, Azzopardi seemed innocence personified, but behind the sweet facade was a brazen and sophisticated confidence […]

Network Seven & Paramount+ investigate ‘Con Girl’ Samantha Azzopardi

Australia’s Network Seven has ordered a true crime series about con artist Samantha Azzopardi, with Paramount+ acquiring the show for the UK & Ireland. The 4 x 60-minute Con Girl, from Australian factual indie CJZ and BossaNova Media, the content creation, funding and distribution company, will air on Paramount+ and Network Seven later this year. It […]

Seven renews ITV Studios first-look deal

Australia’s Network Seven has renewed its long-standing first-look programming deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE). The new agreement begins in July, and hands Seven at ITVSGE programming until “well into 2021”. “In conjunction with our Australian programming, ITVS GE’s expansive portfolio of factual, drama and entertainment titles continue to play a key role in […]

Commercial TV licence fees abolished in Oz

Australia’s commercial broadcasters have welcomed a government plan to abolish the television licence fees they currently pay. As of the 2017/18 Australian fiscal year, channels such as Network Seven, Nine and Ten will no longer pay commercial TV licence and datacasting fees, but instead pay a spectrum-based charge. This will reduce their payments from around […]

Ten lashes out at licence fees

Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten has issued a profit warning to shareholders, claiming licence fees are threatening the local production sector. In a trading market issued to the Australian Securities Exchange today, Ten revealed it was expecting an earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBDITA) loss of up to A$5 million (US$3.85 million) for […]

Aussie pubcasters get budget boost

Australian public broadcasters the ABC and SBS have avoided further budget cuts. The organisations feared they would be subject to more funding cuts as part of the Australian government’s latest budget statement, but the ABC will in fact receive A$3.1 billion (US$2.3 billion), while SBS will get A$814 million. This means they will receive around […]

Red Arrow, TwoFour execs jump to 7 Wonder

Fledgling UK indie 7 Wonder has hired executives from prodcos within the Red Arrow Entertainment and TwoFour Group companies. Jeremy Lee has joined from Red Arrow-owned UK prodco Nerd to become executive producer, while Patrick McMahon comes across from TwoFour-owned Boomerang to become head of development. McMahon indirectly replaces Chris Wilson, who was head of […]

CBeebies hands 7Wonder debut kids commission

UK-Australian prodco 7 Wonder has landed its first children’s television commission, a 25-part series for British preschool channel CBeebies. Do You Know? will see technology vlogger Maddie Moate exploring and explaining how everyday things such as pasta shapes and dishwashers work and are made. 7 Wonder, a joint venture between Australia’s Network Seven and a […]

Ex-ITV Studios producer joins Ten

Australia’s Network Ten has hired former ITV Studios Australia head of entertainment Hilary Innes. She will take up a currently unspecified position “a senior member of the executive production team,” reporting to chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey, the network revealed in a press release. Innes has worked on the Australian version of formats such as […]

Ten worries eased as Foxtel buys 15% stake

Network Ten’s long search for a new financial investor led to Australian pay TV operator Foxtel acquiring a 15% stake in the Sydney-based broadcaster. Foxtel is investing up to A$77 million (US$59.5 million) in 513.3 million ordinary shares at A$0.15 a share for a stake in the free TV business. An agreement has been mooted […]

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