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Producers-led Australian distributor enters the market with ‘Two Heads Creek’

Jordan Waller in ‘Two Heads Creek.’

Producers Brett Thornquest, Steven Matusko and Mat Graham have launched Entertainment Advocate, an Australian distribution company with the aim of handling a limited number of Oz, Us and UK titles each year.

The banner’s debut release, Two Heads Creek, a macabre, irreverent horror comedy directed by Jesse O’Brien, opened last weekend after premiering at Monster Fest.

While the weekend gross was a modest $14,000 including festival screenings, Matusko, who is partnered with Thornquest in Eclectik Vision, tells If: “We understand the business and will approach distribution with a producer’s mindset rather than a distributor’s.

“We are not looking to outbid larger distribution companies but we want to work with other Australian producers and also to release select films from the UK and Us.”

Graham was one of the producers on Eclectik Vision’s Infini and The Osiris Child, both directed by Shane Abbess.
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Australian Women Launch #MeToo and #TimesUp-Inspired Now Organization

Journalist Tracey Spicer spearheaded Now: Vimeo

Less than two months after Screen Australia revised its code of conduct, Australian women have officially joined the fight against sexual harassment. The Daily Telegraph has announced the launch of Now Australia, an organization designed “to put an end to sexual harassment, assault, and intimidation in the workplace.”

Introduced by journalist Tracey Spicer and inspired by #MeToo and #TimesUp, Now is a non-profit organization for people of all professions. It will fund research and education via partnerships with government, business, legal, and health sectors. Now has also kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to provide victims with counseling and legal aid.

“Now is more than a call for change,” Spicer explained. “It’s the place people can have that crucial first conversation about what they’re going through.”

The organization has tapped actors Abby Earl, Deb Mailman, Helen Dallimore, Danielle Cormack, and Sacha Horler, and musical artists Melinda Schneider,
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Watch the Best of Australian Theatre at the 2016 Helpmann Awards!

The 2016 Helpmann Awards were presented at a star-studded ceremony earlier this week, in front of a full house at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Hosts for the evening were Chloe Dallimore, Helen Dallimore, Stuart Maunder Am, Guy Noble, Simon Phillips, The Umbilical Brothers and Queenie van de Zandt as'Jan van de Stool'. The celebrations continued after the ceremony as guests enjoyed an After Party atMarquee Sydney, The Star.
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TV drama backed by Screen Nsw must now include female key creatives

Courtney Gibson.

Screen Nsw has stepped up its push for gender equity, announcing that all TV drama series must now include female key creatives in order to receive development or production finance.

CEO Courtney Gibson said Screen Nsw had worked closely with industry to identify the best ways to achieve systemic change.

"Production companies, broadcasters and other screen organisations have been incredibly supportive and we.re starting to see real impact as a result,. she said.

.But in order to move the needle even further, going forward, it will be a requirement for any television drama series to include female writers and/or directors and/or producers to secure development or production finance from us.

.If we are to achieve gender parity in our industry, we need to ensure there is equity of opportunity for women, and increased opportunities for people from other under-represented groups in the community..

Gibson said
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Screen Nsw funds writer's internship at The Chaser

Nina Oyama.

Screen Nsw will fund an internship to enable emerging writer Nina Oyama to join the writers. room for The Chaser.s Election Desk.

The funding has come from a Screen Nsw Strategic Opportunities partnership with production company Giant Dwarf.

Giant Dwarf co-founder and managing director, Julian Morrow, said: "After five federal elections as a leading provider of patriarchy services in TV comedy, there's never been a better time for The Chaser to be a part of this Screen Nsw initiative. We're very happy that Nina will have a seat at the writer's table on The Chaser's Election Desk.".

.Oyama said it had always been her dream to work with the team behind Australia's best political comedy show..

"Maybe one day I'll get there, but I'm glad The Chaser has accepted me for now," she said.

.This is the third comedy writing internship for women funded by Screen Nsw during the past three months.
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Nine spends big on local content

The Nine Network is channelling tens of millions of dollars freed up from the end of its output deal with Warner Bros. into a record investment in local content.

Spending on local production will continue to rise over the next three years to the point where the network invests $100 million more per year than currently, executives said at the upfronts presentation today.

While Nine retains the first-run rights to The Big Bang Theory, director of programming and production Andrew Backwell said the broadcaster decided to relinquish the re-runs (subsequently acquired by Seven) because it preferred to spend the money on local content.

The 2016 line-up includes the Matchbox Pictures drama Hide & Seek, Cjz.s previously announced two-part Alan Bond miniseries House of Bond and a new factual series, Prison: First & Last 24 Hours.

Daryl Somers will return to TV as the host of You.re Back in the Room, a FremantleMedia Australia
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Defying Gravity Down Under: Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit & Betty Buckley Head to Oz for Stephen Schwartz Concert

Broadway and screen stars, Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit. Australia's first Miss Saigon, Joanna Ampil. Beloved home grown talents, Helen Dallimore and David Harris. Oh, and the legendary Betty Buckley. You're not dreaming, Australian musical theatre fans This is the stellar cast producer Enda Markey will bring to the Theatre Royal stage next February for Defying Gravity, a world-premiere concert celebrating the songs of Stephen Schwartz.
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New president for Equity

Stage stalwart Chloe Dallimore has been elected federal president of the Meaa.s Equity branch.

The actress whose credits include Pippin, Annie, The Addams Family and Thoroughly Modern Millie, succeeds Geoff Morrell.

Morrell had been acting president since Simon Burke stepped down last October after 10 years in that role. Nadine Garner and Lorna Lesly were elected. federal vice presidents.

Members of the new National Performers Committee are:

Federal President (Equity) Chloe Dallimore Federal Vice-Presidents (Equity) Nadine Garner Lorna Lesly Victoria Branch Board Member Genevieve Picot Queensland Branch Board Member Jason Klarwein Nsw Branch President (Equity): Tina Bursill Vice-President (Equity): Jonathan Mill Victoria Branch President (Equity): Abbe Holmes Vice-President (Equity): Francis Greenslade Queensland Branch President (Equity): Carol Burns Federal Council Delegates (Equity) Robyn Arthur Kerith Atkinson Michala Banas Amanda Bishop Mitchell Butel Helen Dallimore Marta Dusseldorp Alan Fletcher Samuel Gaskin Elizabeth Hay Glenn Hazeldine Robert Jago
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Op ed: Roy Billing on imported actors

For nearly 40 years I have had an enjoyable and successful career as an actor. While I hope this will continue, I worry that Actors. Equity seems to be impeding the growth and development of the Australian film and television sector, where most of my work comes from. I have been an Equity member for all my career.

Until my recent resignation, I was an elected member of the National Performers. Committee (Npc) of the Equity division of the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance trade union.

The Npc.s regular meetings, chaired by Equity President Simon Burke, are supposed to discuss .leading industrial and professional issues and the best course of action to take to ensure a strong and vibrant entertainment industry and a safe and fair workplace for performers.. As an ex-insider, I am not convinced that the Npc.s interpretation of .the best course of action. is necessarily in
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More Ics talent find new homes

The exodus of actors from International Casting Services (Ics) continues as the agency founded 52 years ago by the late Gloria Payten prepares to shut its doors.

This week Cameron.s Management announced David Roberts and Jennifer Hagan had joined its agency after earlier signing Drew Forsythe.

Lisa Mann Creative Management (Lmcm) confirmed it is now representing former Ics clients Alycia Debnam-Carey, Christie Whelan Browne, Sophie Ross and Justin Cotta.

Linsten Morris Management has signed Dee Smart and her daughter Charlie Hancock.

Melina McKenna, who was a senior agent at Ics, joined Lmcm on June 4, and Martin Sacks, Kris McQuade, Helen Dallimore, Erica Lovell, Jo Turner, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Edmund Lembke-Hogan, Kip Gamblin and Nathan O.Keefe crossed from Ics to Lmcm.

As If reported previously, Rachel Blake, John Batchelor and Tony Martin subsequently joined Rgm, John Waters signed with Marquee and Debra Lawrance went to Creative Representation.

After McKenna departed Pauline Lee,
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Ics talent find new homes

As talent agency International Casting Services (Ics) prepares to shut its doors after 52 years, many of the actors it has represented have found new homes,

Former Ics clients Martin Sacks, Kris McQuade, Helen Dallimore, Erica Lovell, Jo Turner, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Edmund Lembke-Hogan, Kip Gamblin and Nathan O.Keefe have all crossed to Lisa Mann Creative Management (Lmcm).

Rachel Blake and Tony Martin have joined Rgm, John Waters signed with Marquee and Debra Lawrance has gone to Creative Representation. As If reported previously, Abe Forsythe signed with United Management and John Batchelor moved to Rgm. Some other Ics clients have told industry colleagues they have yet to decide what to do.

nm2942148 autoMelina McKenna[/link], who was a senior agent at Ics, joined Lmcm on June 4. There are differing accounts of the circumstances leading to the decision to close Ics. Lisa Mann told If on May 24, .When Melina was offered senior agent
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Photo Flash: Into The Woods At Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

The cast of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into The Woods includes: Helen Dallimore(Cinderella), Beverly Rudd (Little Red Riding Hood), Simon Thomas (Rapunzel's Prince), Michael Xavier (Wolf and Cinderella's Prince) Hannah Waddingham (The Witch), Jenna Russell (Baker's Wife), Marc Antolin (Swing), Valda Aviks (Granny), Billy Boyle (Mysterious Man), Gaye Brown (Cinderella's Stepmother), Sophie Caton (Swing), Alice Fearn (Rapunzel), Mark Goldthorp (Steward), Amy Griffiths (Lucinda), Mark Hadfield (Baker), Amy Ellen Richardson (Florinda), Ben Stott (Jack), andGemma Wardle (Cinderella's Mother).
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