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Foxtel Announces Airdate for SECRET CITY

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Media Release: Tuesday April 26, 2016

Foxtel Announces Airdate for SECRET CITY
New Australian political thriller premieres Sunday June 5 at 8.30pm on showcase

‘Set in a world of secrets, lies, murder and betrayal… beneath the placid facade of Canberra’

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Foxtel today announced its highly anticipated political thriller series Secret City – starring Jacki Weaver, Anna Torv, Alan Dale and Dan Wyllie – will premiere Sunday June 5 at 8.30pm on the showcase channel.

Filmed in Parliament House and locations across Canberra and Sydney, Secret City is inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

Amidst rising tension between China and America, Canberra press gallery journalist Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) forces her way closer to the truth, uncovering a secret city of interlocked conspiracies which will threaten her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian.

Joining Torv is two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, who makes a stunning return to Australian television in the role of Labor powerbroker Senator Catriona Bailey.

The top Australian and international cast includes:

Dan Wyllie as Minister of Defence Mal Paxton
Damon Herriman as ASD senior analyst Kim Gordon
Alex Dimitriades as ASIO officer Charles Dancer
Alan Dale as Australian Prime Minister Martin Toohey
Mekhi Phifer as US Ambassador Moreton
Sacha Horler as the PM’s Chief of Staff, Ludie Sypek
Marcus Graham as Daily Nation political correspondent Andrew “Griff” Griffiths
Miranda Tapsell as Daily Nation Canberra journalist Sasha Rose
Eugenia Yuan as Weng Meigui, wife of the Chinese ambassador
Benedict Samuel as Canberra University tutor Felix Crawford
Brenna Harding as Canberra University student Cassie Page
Matt Zeremes as Senior Constable Sean Brimmer
Sean Taylor as ASIO Director General Paul Wheeler
Justin Smith as ASD Director William Vaughn
Huw Higginson as Daily Nation Bureau Chief

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “This captivating new series is another huge moment for Foxtel’s commitment to Australian drama. There is no doubt of the level of interest in national affairs at the moment, and this series will immerse viewers into the un-tapped world of Australian politics and intrigue – not to mention power play, blackmail and murder. Canberra features as its own character, and the standout performances of Jacki Weaver and Anna Torv are world class”.

Ms Weaver said of returning to Australia to star in Secret City: “I loved the story and I loved the character,” she said. “It’s very authentic because the books were written by two insiders, Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. Secret City tells behind-the-scenes of the machinations and the treachery and the interesting things that occur in politics.

“Catriona is a very powerful and ambitious woman. I’ve drawn inspiration, not from any one female politician in particular, but part of my character is based on an amalgam of female politicians I’ve seen, not just in Australia, but all over the world. I find politics fascinating, and I follow it closely, both in America where I now live most of the time, and here at home in Australia.”

Secret City is a Matchbox Pictures production for Foxtel, in association with Werner Film Productions, supported by Screen Australia, Screen ACT and Screen NSW, directed by Emma Freeman (Glitch, Tangle, Hawke, Puberty Blues) and produced by Joanna Werner (Dance Academy, Ready For This). Executive Producers are Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win, and Penny Chapman, from Matchbox Pictures.

Matchbox Pictures’ Penny Chapman said: “Chris and Steve brought Matchbox this idea when their first book was in manuscript stage. It has been a wild and wonderful ride and I am enormously proud of the creative team that brought it to the screen. It’s exciting to be partnering yet again on a drama production with Foxtel who are doing such great things for television fiction in Australia.”

Producer Joanna Werner said: “We have been extremely lucky to have such a talented cast and crew working on Secret City. Our director Emma Freeman has done a superb job in bringing this intense political thriller to life and our cast, led by Jacki, Anna and Dan, who are all incredibly impressive.”

Secret City has been written by Matt Cameron (Jack Irish, Old School), Belinda Chayko (The Gods of Wheat Street, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Old School) and Greg Waters (Janet King, Devil’s Dust), who is also Script Producer.

Secret City airs Sunday nights at 8.30pm from June 5 on Foxtel’s showcase channel.

-Brad

Foxtel Music Channels

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here some info about the foxtel Music channels

“We are making some changes to our music channels on Foxtel. Starting from this Saturday, February 27 you will begin to see some changes to Channel [V]. Following on from that, from March 25 we will no longer use the Channel [V] brand, which will change to [V] Hits and [V] Hits +2. [V] Hits features a line-up of music videos and countdowns, including the latest hits from Australia and around the world. There are no changes to MAX, CMC or Smooth.”

thanks to foxtel for sending me the info. 🙂

good to see Music channels are staying .

-Brad

FOXTEL WELCOMES AFL RIGHTS AGREEMENT Fox Footy to Remain the Home of AFL until 2022

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Media Release: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FOXTEL WELCOMES AFL RIGHTS AGREEMENT
Fox Footy to Remain the Home of AFL until 2022

Foxtel CEO, Richard Freudenstein today welcomed the agreement between the AFL and News Corp Australia that will see Fox Footy remain the home of AFL until at least the end of 2022.

“This is great news for Foxtel subscribers,” he said. “AFL fans know that Fox Footy provides superlative coverage of their game, with both great match coverage and informative and entertaining magazine shows that cover every aspect of the competition.

“This deal builds on the strong set of rights Fox Footy has today and ensures that the channel will be the only place where you can see every game of every round, including the final series (excluding the Grand Final), live for many years to come.

“If you love AFL you need to be a Foxtel subscriber, and with our recently reduced pricing there’s really no reason not to sign up.

“Under this deal, for the first time, Fox Footy will be able to be broadcast on all devices, which means that if you subscribe to Foxtel Play or use Foxtel Go, you’ll now be able to watch all games on PCs and Macs as well as tablets, phones and games consoles.

“Foxtel is very proud of its association with the AFL and we look forward to providing an even better service to the League and its millions of fans.”

-Brad

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Search for a Star






Media release March 1 2015

Australia’s most popular daytime series DAYS OF OUR LIVES celebrates its 50th year anniversary on television this year and to mark the occasion in a WORLD EXCLUSIVE, Foxtel’s Arena channel and the producers of Days of our Lives, Corday Productions Inc. and distributor, Sony Pictures Television, will scour the country in search of an Australian actor to join the cast of this iconic series.

Arena and Corday Productions Inc. are offering the chance of a lifetime to an established or aspiring young actor to play the role of Finn, a handsome, rugged Australian doctor who arrives in Salem to do his residency, specifically to gain skills as a surgeon, working under the supervision of Doctor Jonas (Shawn Christian).

The role offered to our new found Aussie hunk will hit our screens for the first time, in a 13 week role which will culminate during the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations in November. Days of our Lives is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Brady’s, the Horton’s, and the DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama. In true Days of Our Lives style, our Australian actor’s character will find things are shaken up the first day he arrives.

Brendon Moo, General Manager of Foxtel’s General Entertainment Channels, said today: “Days of our Lives has been an incredible addition to Arena and we are thrilled Corday and Sony has offered us this amazing opportunity and to partner with them to give an Australian actor the chance to star in this iconic series.”

Delighted about this opportunity, Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng said, “As a new member of Arena’s family, we are excited to be able to present this once in a lifetime opportunity to the amazing talent available in Australia.”

Entries open Monday March 2 via Arena’s website arenatv.com.au, where actors are able to:

· Complete an online entry form which requires biography, acting history, experience
· Provide a recent head shot, reel, examples of past work
· Additional documents/images
· Applicants must be aged 20-35 years old.
· All terms and conditions available on website.

Entries close Sunday March 22 and finalists will be announced via the Arena website. Corday Productions Inc. will cast their new actor from the finalists chosen and the winner will be announced in April. Our actor will then fly to LA to film his episodes airing late 2015 in time with the show’s 50th year anniversary.

Days of our Lives airs Express from the US at 12.50pm weekdays on Arena. Arena provides weekly DOOL omnibus catch up on Sunday mornings from 7-11.30am EST.
-brad

VILLAGE VETS AUSTRALIA RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON

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MEDIA RELEASE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Foxtel today announced the commissioning of a second season of local production, Village Vets Australia, for The LifeStyle Channel, with production commencing immediately.

Filmed across the picturesque Shoalhaven region of NSW’s South Coast, Village Vets Australia is an observational documentary series that follows country vets and long-time best mates Dr. James Carroll and Dr. Anthony Bennett as they work with animals big and small.

The 8-part 1-hour series will highlight the bonds between people and their pets, farmers and their animals, between the members of a tight-knit community and at the heart of them all – the friendship of two great mates.

General Manager of The LifeStyle Channels, Hannah Barnes, said: “Village Vets Australia is a broad heartland lifestyle show that has connected with our viewers both on-air and among our social community, in a really emotional way.

“We’re pleased to welcome James and Anthony – along with a host of wonderful animals and their owners – back to LifeStyle, for more fun and heart-warming stories from beautiful Berry and its surrounds.”

James and Anthony said: “We’re thrilled to be filming season 2 of Village Vets Australia. We love having the opportunity to show off the natural beauty of the area in which we live and bring into people’s lounge rooms the work we do with a variety of animals and the humans that love and care for them.”

Screentime Head of Factual and Executive Producer, Simon Steel, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Village Vets Australia and how well it’s been received by the LifeStyle audience. The boys are a natural talent and we’re grateful to the community of Berry for welcoming us in to their lives again for a second season.”

Village Vets Australia is an original concept by Rodney Richmond and is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, exclusively for Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel.

-Brad

BBC BLOCKBUSTERS HIT BBC FIRST

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BBC First viewers will be getting a Christmas present in the shape of a raft of new series of some of the BBC’s biggest and most popular shows. New series and Christmas specials of Call the Midwife, The Musketeers, Death in Paradise and Miranda will begin hitting screens over the Christmas and New Year period, with the first three titles being shown express from the UK.

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The Call the Midwife Christmas Special will be shown on BBC First on December 26 at 8.30pm. One of the UK’s most popular shows and beloved of Australian audiences, the Christmas episode sees preparations for the Sunday School Christmas Concert under way. Chummy is enlisted to help run a poorly-managed Mother and Baby home, and Cynthia makes a life-changing decision. The new series will follow express from UK.

The second series of The Musketeers will come bursting onto screens with more sword-fighting, action and thrilling adventure from January 4 at 8.30pm. Marc Warren joins the cast as the Comte de Rochefort, the Cardinal’s man in Madrid who has escaped from a Spanish prison. The Musketeers must join forces with Rochefort to carry out an audacious rescue, but can he be trusted?

The hilarious Miranda will draw to a close with one final special on January 3 at 7.30pm. Miranda (Miranda Hart) is faced with two proposals – one from Gary and one from Mike. Who will she choose and will she finally find contentment?

January will also see a new series of Death in Paradise – the popular detective series set on the Caribbean island of Saint Marie and starring Kris Marshall – being brought straight to Australian audiences from January 9 at 8.30pm.

Tim Christlieb, Acting Director of TV Channels, BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand, said: “We are entering exciting times as we welcome some of the most popular UK shows to BBC First for the first time. We know Australian audiences have taken these shows to their hearts and we are pleased to be able to bring them the latest series express from the UK.”

-Brad

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