Netflix hires ABC exec Luu to oversee Oz originals

Netflix has hired the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) exec Que Minh Luu as director of local originals for Australia. Luu will join the company in mid-July and will based in Sydney, where she will help to spearhead Australian commissions for the streaming giant. She comes over to Netflix after three and a half years as […]

ABC appoints new arts content chief

Australian pubcaster the ABC has appointed Mandy Chang to the role of head of arts. Chang joined the ABC in 2012 after a period producing documentaries for UK broadcasters, including Channel 4’s Rose d’Or-winning feature-length effort The Mona Lisa Curse. She most recently worked on the launch of the ABC’s iView Arts channel, and has […]

Oz union accuses ABC of A$100m cuts plot

An Australian media union has accused the country’s pubcaster, the ABC, of covertly planning to more than double planned cuts. The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, which represents Australian journalists, has reiterated claims the on going Lewis Report into costing-cutting at public TV services is on the verge of recommending cuts of more than A$100 […]

Uecker to exit ABC Children’s

Barbara Uecker is leaving Australian public broadcaster the ABC. Uecker, who is head of programming and acquisitions for ABC TV Children’s, is exiting on March 28 to “pursue other opportunities”, according to the broadcaster. She has been with the ABC since 2008, during which time she is credited with building the ABC3 and ABC4 Kids […]

Creator buys Koala Brothers rights

The creator of The Koala Brothers has formed a new company to buy the UK toon series and all associated rights. Following the development, Koala Brothers Limited has taken control of the 78x10mins property, which broadcasts on CBeebies and has sold into more than 150 territories. Programme creator David Johnson has partnered with animation veteran […]

ABC goes straight-to-series with Secrets & Lies remake

An upcoming Australian crime drama is being remade for US broadcast net ABC, which has made a 10-part, straight-to-series order. Secrets & Lies comes from Oz prodco Hoodlum and is set to begin broadcasting on Network Ten in 2014, and is now being remade by ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Hoodlum is also […]