Press Releases

Happy Days Are Here Again

Press release time! STAN RAMPS UP INVESTMENT IN ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS Stan is ramping up its investment in original productions, announcing today that four new TV series are now in development, with more to follow in the coming months.  The upcoming development slate for Stan Originals showcases a diverse range of local creative talent. It includes... Read More »

Virtual Reality Comedy

We often ponder the future of Australian comedy on this blog, especially screen-based comedy, so it was interesting to read on TV Tonight last week that Screen NSW and the ABC will fund a small number of VR projects, including two new comedies: Aussie Cops Genre: Narrative Comedy Company: Hardy White Pictures VR Company: Paper... Read More »

Put On A Happy Face

And the press releases keep on coming: Man Up premieres Tuesday 11 October at 8:30pm (3×60’) Gus Worland is on a mission to break the silence. In Australia, men are traditionally seen as strong, stoic and tough as nails. They laugh in the face of fear. They excel at everything. And when life gets them... Read More »

The Future is Uncertain But the End is Always Near

Press release time! Spring brings a great lineup of comedy, entertainment and true life stories to the ABC Wednesday, August 31, 2016 — Viewers are set for a treat with the following great new shows on the ABC. Silvia’s Italian Table premieres on Thursday 6 October at 8:00pm (8×30’) Silvia’s Italian Table is a unique... Read More »

End Run is a Gridiron Term, Right?

Press release time! SKIT BOX in production on WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM for ABC’s FRESH BLOOD Tuesday, August 16, 2016 — Fresh off the back of worldwide viral sensation Activewear, Sydney based Skit Box have passed the halfway mark filming their Fresh Blood series Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am. This 6×30 minute sketch series has been... Read More »

What Fresh Hell Is This?

Press release time! Tom Gleeson presents Hard Quiz Monday, August 1, 2016 — ABC TV is pleased to announce auditions are underway for Tom Gleeson’s new show, Hard Quiz. Host Tom Gleeson says “With the audition process, it’s been impressive watching people demonstrating a deep knowledge without resorting to Google. Actually, it’s been impressive just... Read More »

The Raw and the Cooked

Press release time! Comedian Anh Do paints Aussie celebs in new ABC series Friday, July 29, 2016 — Anh Do loves to paint portraits and he loves getting to know people.  Premiering Wednesday August 24th at 8pm, the eight-part series, Anh’s Brush with Fame combines the two. Australians love Anh Do for his comedy, his... Read More »

Over-funded and on your YouTube

Last week we looked at Screen Australia’s latest round of funding approvals and wondered if these upcoming productions would make us laugh. Many of the productions, we’ve since discovered, are intended for online release, through platforms such as iView or YouTube, with most being new ideas. One which isn’t is These New South Whales, which... Read More »

Line? Line?

For those of you eagerly anticipating the Australian version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, big news! New Foxtel series Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia announces its ensemble cast of seven exciting and talented performers. Comedy superstar Rhys Darby is joined by comedy festival favourites Cal Wilson, Tegan Higginbotham and Susie Youssef, along with... Read More »

An Obscure Reference to the Song “Simply Irresistible”

It’s the start of a new financial year, and we all know what that means: Australia’s various film and television funding bodies reveal where the money went! Considering how often we’re told that funding is essential to the development and production of film and television in this country you’d figure these lists would be a... Read More »

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