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Shareholders block Australia’s Seven West Media and Prime Media merger

The proposed merger between Australia’s Seven West Media and regional broadcaster Prime Media Group has been blocked by shareholders. Instead, Seven has taken a 14.9% stake without making a full takeover bid for Prime. “While we’re disappointed with the outcome of today’s vote, we remain committed to Prime,” said Seven CEO James Warburton. “As Prime […]

A+E’s ‘Miss Scarlet And The Duke’ heads to the US, Canada, Australia

US broadcaster PBS, Seven Network in Australia and CBC in Canada are among broadcasters to have picked up 19th Century crime drama, Miss Scarlet And The Duke. The show marked A+E Networks International’s first scripted co-production and was created by Grantchester writer Rachael New, who was attached as showrunner to the 6 x 60-minute first […]

Seven West in Oz replaces CEO Tim Worner with James Warburton

Seven West Media (SWM), the Australian company behind the Seven Network, has appointed former Network Ten CEO James Warburton as its chief executive to replace the outgoing Tim Worner. Worner stepped down with immediate effect yesterday after six years in his current role of CEO at SWM and more than 25 years with the company. […]

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Media has stopped the tape rolling while the allegations are checked out, while streaming service ABC iView has withdrawn its fifth season episodes and a TV movie.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 […]

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