10 Boss becomes 10 Bold

Network Ten has ceded the name 10 Boss for its multi-channel formerly known as One, following a legal challenge from Fairfax Media (now part of Nine Entertainment Co) over use of the “Boss” name conflicting with the Australian Financial Review‘s Boss brand.

From tonight, 10 Boss becomes 10 Bold — but nothing else is changing in terms of content.

Ten’s press release of the name change:

“There is so much to love about 10 Boss – the brand, the attitude, the position. 10 Boss does a great job of representing the slate of drama, action, live sport and kickarse programs it airs. We invested heavily in making it great and it looks really really good next to all our new brands – 10, 10 Peach, 10 Play, 10 Daily and 10 All Access.

“Viewers are digging it!”

“But some were not so happy, as so often is the case. And it didn’t take long for Fairfax Media to voice their displeasure at the name. Fairfax and Nine thought we were trying to rip off their BOSS brand. Really!

“Anyone that knows 10, knows we’re no Grinch. So in the spirit of giving and as an early Christmas present to our friends at Nine, we’re flicking the switch to 10 Bold.

“That’s right, from tonight 10 Boss will become 10 Bold. We think it’s better to be bold than bossy.

“We want to start 2019 fresh with a great suite of channels and with brands that work. We want to focus on creating great content for our viewers.

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The 8th AACTA Awards

ABC and Foxtel were the big winners in the television categories of the 8th annual AACTA Awards, held at the The Star Event Centre in Sydney over two events — a non-televised presentation held on Monday afternoon (pictured above), hosted by Kat Stewart and Nazeem Hussain, and the televised ceremony on Wednesday night, hosted by Stephen Curry.

Mystery Road, Riot, The Weekly With Charlie Pickering, Employable Me and The Letdown were among the winners for ABC — with Riot stars Damon Herriman and Kate Box winning Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress respectively.

Foxtel’s winners included Selling Houses Australia, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Sky News and Fox Sports, plus individual awards for Shaynna Blaze, Andrew Winter and Scott Ryan.

Network Ten collected awards for Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders and children’s program The Bureau Of Magical Things.

The SBS series Safe Harbour won two awards.

The Seven Network (which televised the ceremony) and the Nine Network did not pick up any awards.

Among the streamers, Hannah Gadsby was a winner for Netflix and Romper Stomper for Stan.

Actor Bryan Brown was awarded the Longford Lyell Award for his outstanding contribution to Australia’s screen environment and culture. Brown made his film debut in 1975 and has starred in a long list of films and television series. His TV credits include A Town Like Alice (pictured below with Helen Morse), The Shiralee, Against The Wind, The Thorn Birds, Eureka Stockade, Twisted Tales, The Good Wife, Better Man, Old School and the upcoming series Bloom.

In 1989 he was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame.

First awarded in 1968, previous winners of the Longford Lyell Award include Ken G Hall, John Meillon, Peter Weir, Jack Thompson, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, David Stratton, Patricia Edgar, Ray Barrett, Reg Grundy, Patricia Lovell, Jacki Weaver, Andrew Knight and Paul Hogan.

The AACTA Awards began in 2011 as the successor to the AFI Awards, dating back to 1958.

AACTA Award for Best Drama Series
Mystery Road. David Jowsey, Greer Simpkin. ABC / Bunya Productions

AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Mini Series
Riot. Joanna Werner, Louise Smith. ABC / Werner Film Productions

AACTA Award for Best Comedy Program
The Letdown. Julian Morrow, Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell. ABC / Giant Dwarf

AACTA Award for Best Entertainment Program
The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. Chris Walker, Kevin Whyte, Charlie Pickering, Jo Long. ABC / Thinkative TV

AACTA Award for Best Lifestyle Program
Selling Houses Australia. Geoff Fitzpatrick, Duane Hatherly, Sonia Harding. Foxtel/Lifestyle / Beyond Productions

AACTA Award for Best Reality Series
Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders. Amelia Fisk, Georgina Hinds, Adam Fergusson. Network Ten / Endemol Shine Australia

AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program
The Bureau Of Magical Things. Jonathan M. Shiff, Stuart Wood. Eleven / Jonathan M. Shiff Productions

AACTA Award for Best Documentary or Factual Program
Employable Me. Karina Holden, Sue Clothier, Jenni Wilks. ABC / Northern Pictures

AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
Damon Herriman. Riot. ABC / Werner Film Productions

AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama
Kate Box. Riot. ABC / Werner Film Productions

AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy
Hannah Gadsby. Nanette. Netflix / Guesswork Television

AACTA Award for Best Guest Or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama
Wayne Blair. Mystery Road. ABC / Bunya Productions

AACTA Award for Best Guest Or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama
Deborah Mailman. Mystery Road. ABC / Bunya Productions

AACTA Award for Best Direction in a Television Drama Or Comedy
Safe Harbour – Episode 1. Glendyn Ivin. SBS / Matchbox Pictures

AACTA Award for Best Direction in Nonfiction Television
Hawke: The Larrikin and the Leader – Episode 1: The Apprenticeship. Bruce Permezel. ABC / Southern Pictures

AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television
Safe Harbour – Episode 1. Belinda Chayko. SBS / Matchbox Pictures

AACTA Award for Best Cinematography in Television
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Episode 1. Garry Phillips. Foxtel/Showcase / FremantleMedia Australia

AACTA Award for Best Editing in Television
Mystery Road – Episode 5: The Waterhole. Deborah Peart. ABC / Bunya Productions

AACTA Award for Best Sound in Television
Romper Stomper – Episode 3: Poetry. Greg Burgmann, Frank Lipson, Andrew McGrath. Stan / Roadshow Rough Diamond

AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score in Television
Mystery Road – Episode 4: Silence. Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales. ABC / Bunya Productions

AACTA Award for Best Production Design in Television
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Episode 1. Jo Ford. Foxtel/Showcase / FremantleMedia Australia

AACTA Award for Best Costume Design in Television
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Episode 1. Edie Kurzer. Foxtel/Showcase / FremantleMedia Australia

AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best Female Presenter
Shaynna Blaze. Selling Houses Australia. Foxtel/Lifestyle / Beyond Productions

AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best Male Presenter
Andrew Winter. Love It or List It, Selling Houses Australia. Foxtel/Lifestyle / Beyond Productions

AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent
Scott Ryan. Mr Inbetween. Foxtel/Showcase / Blue-Tongue Films & Jungle Entertainment

AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best Live Event Production
Sky News Leadership Spill. David Speers, Kieran Gilbert, Laura Jayes. Foxtel/Sky News / Sky News

AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best Sports Presentation
Finals Footy on Fox: Richmond V Collingwood. Ben Roberts, Zach Larkins, Leigh Carlson, Michael Neill. Foxtel/Fox Sports / Fox Sports Australia Pty Ltd

Longford Lyell Award
Bryan Brown

Source: AACTA

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Seven wins 2018

For the twelfth year in a row the Seven Network has claimed the ratings year (5 cities, 6pm-12mn).

For the weeks 7 to 48 — covering the period from 11 February to 1 December, and excluding the weeks around Easter and the Commonwealth Games — Seven scored 30.4%, followed by Nine (27.4%), Ten (17.4%), ABC (17.0%) and SBS (7.8%). Seven and SBS were the only two networks to gain on 2017 numbers.

Broken down to individual channels: Seven (20.4%) defeated Nine (19.2%), Ten (12.3%), ABC (12.2%), SBS (5.6%), 7mate (4.1%), 7Two (3.7%), 9GO (3.6%), 10 Boss (formerly One) (2.9%), 9Gem and ABC Kids/Comedy (2.7% each), 7Flix and 10 Peach (formerly Eleven) (2.2% each), 9Life (2.0%), ABC News (1.4%), SBS Viceland (1.2%), SBS Food (0.9%), ABC Me (0.7%) and NITV (0.2%).

The Seven Network also topped 16-39 and 25-54 age groups, but at individual channel level it was Nine’s primary channel that took out those age brackets.

Seven also took out the high-profile battlegrounds of the 6.00pm weeknight timeslot and in breakfast.

(These figures are based on preliminary results and may vary slightly when delayed viewing for the last survey weeks is added)

Seven’s coverage of the AFL Grand Final took out the top two spots for most watched programs of the year, with post-game presentations scoring 2.616 million, and the game itself averaging just a fraction lower on 2.615 million (5 cities). For Nine, the NRL State Of Origin — Match 1 scored 2.347m, followed by the NRL Grand Final (2.141m) and NRL State Of Origin — Match 2 (2.132m).

Nine’s Married At First Sight (1.450m) appears to have won the reality show battle, against My Kitchen Rules (1.227m) and The Block (1.161m), while The Block‘s Winner Announced (2.093m) ranked higher than Married At First Sight‘s (1.9m) and My Kitchen Rules (1.637m)

For Network Ten it was a tough year coming out of receivership and starting a rebuild under the CBS umbrella. MasterChef: The Winner Announced (1.316m) topped their year in overnight figures. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here started on a high (“Welcome To The Jungle”, 1.111m) but by the time it reached its finale it struggled to hit 900,000. Ten’s press releases talked up increased for regular shows Gogglebox Australia, The Bachelor and Have You Been Paying Attention? 

ABC’s top rating for the year came from Spicks And Specks Reunion (1.113m) and Jack Irish (913,000) and its Wednesday night line-up also scored well with shows like Gruen, Hard Quiz and Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell. Other highlights included imports David Attenborough’s Tasmania and Death In Paradise.

For SBS their top numbers for the year came from the FIFA World Cup (Australia v France, 1.667m, and Denmark v Australia, 1.664m).

The 2019 ratings year begins on 10 February and continues through to 30 November, with a two-week break over the Easter period.

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Obituary: Judy McBurney

Judy McBurney, best known for roles in The Young Doctors and Prisoner, has died at the age of 70 after a four-year battle with cancer.

With an early career in modelling, she moved into acting with appearances in Catwalk, Barrier Reef, Seven Little Australians, Behind The Legend, The Box, Homicide, Bluey and Bellbird.

In 1973 she was cast as Marilyn MacDonald in Number 96, though had to leave the series shortly after due to illness. The role ended up getting re-cast to Frances Hargreaves, though McBurney later returned to the series in a guest role.

She also co-starred in a Nine Network pilot for sitcom It Stands To Reason, based on the British series Till Death Us Do Part. The series was not picked up, but McBurney was soon back at Nine in The Young Doctors as Nurse Tania Livingstone.

She played Nurse Livingstone for five years, and her character’s wedding to Dr Tony Garcia (Tony Alvarez) in 1978 was a big event for the soap.

After The Young Doctors ended in 1983, McBurney made a guest appearance in A Country Practice and then joined the cast of Prisoner in the role of inmate Pixie Mason. It was a role that lasted for two years.

Later guest roles included Always Greener and Home And Away as well as appearing in commercials and doing voice over work.

Although she retired from acting, she continued to teach acting and modelling.

Source: Facebook, IMDB. TV Times, 2 February 1974, 11 March 1978.

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Obituary: John Bluthal

Australian and British actor John Bluthal has died at the age of 89.

Showbiz reporter Peter Ford tweeted news of the actor’s passing on Thursday night.

Polish-born Bluthal came to Australia with his family in the late 1930s. He grew up and studied drama in Melbourne.

His worked in the theatre in London before returning to Australia. He starred in variety shows Gaslight Music Hall (ABC) and Bandwagon (HSV7) in the late 1950s and early ’60s before moving to the United Kingdom. His extensive list of credits in the UK included Citizen James, Never Mind The Quality: Feel The Width, Fireball XL5, The Goodies, ‘Allo ‘Allo, Minder, Inspector Morse, Lovejoy, Bergerac, One Foot In The Grave and various productions with Spike Milligan.

Bluthal made occasional visits back to Australia, starring in The Mavis Bramston Show and later appearances in Matlock Police, Bluey, Doctor Down Under, And Here Comes Bucknuckle, Ride On Stranger, Blue Heelers and Spirited.

Many Australian viewers will remember him as Italian taxi driver Enzo Pacelli (pictured) in the ABC comedy series Home Sweet Home that ran for three years, and more recently as Frank Pickle in the long-running British series The Vicar Of Dibley.

Source: Peter Ford, IMDB, Wikipedia. TV Times, 18 December 1959, 1 January 1960.


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Flashback to ‘The Entertainment Network’

This week’s re-brand of the Ten Network is the first major image revamp for the network since January 1991.

The last time Ten had a major image refresh it was in receivership after two years of falling ratings, staff cutbacks and management and financial instability amid the “recession we had to have”. The viability of even having three commercial networks in a market the size of Australia was being questioned.

Ten chief Gary Rice, appointed by the receivers, had made brutal cuts to the network in November 1990, in particular to the news and current affairs portfolio, in a bid to stem losses of up to $2 million a week. More than 300 staff were sacked as current affairs shows and morning news bulletins were dumped, the Melbourne-based 6.00pm news was cut to half an hour, and Good Morning Australia had its budget trimmed.

Despite some highlights such as Neighbours, which was still a strong performer, and event programming such as Bangkok Hilton, the Melbourne Cup and the TV Week Logie Awards, the 10 TV Australia brand, which had been launched with fanfare barely 18 months earlier, was indelibly tarnished by programming flops, an overdependence on movies, a declining news profile and the stigma of receivership.

While cuts were being made to bring its finances under control, the network was working on a significant shift in branding and programming to pick itself up from financial ruin.

On the night of 13 January 1991, Ten unveiled a new logo and positioning statement, “The Entertainment Network” — a convenient use of the “TEN” letters.

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With the revamp came a resolve to provide an entertainment brand dedicated to the under-40 age group. As well as local dramas Neighbours and E Street, Ten had scored some canny programming deals that gave it access to the hottest new US shows of the season — Twin Peaks and The Simpsons — the latter being a regular feature for the network until just last year.

The Entertainment Network was a colourful re-brand and re-focus that took Ten out of the doldrums, improving its performance and giving it an air of confidence to viewers and the industry, eventually leading it to it being majority owned by Canadian group CanWest. With a focus on youth-friendly US titles such as Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Seinfeld and The X Files, a revamped news service (including the shift of Ten Eyewitness News to become “First At Five”) and Bert Newton‘s The Morning Show (later adopting the Good Morning Australia title), Ten went on to become the most profitable of the three commercial networks even though still rating well below its two major rivals.

Time will tell if Ten’s latest revamp to ’10’ — which also comes after years of management and financial unrest, missteps in past programming and strategy, severe staffing cuts and subsequent receivership — and buyout by CBS will give a similar long term outcome.

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Ten becomes ’10’

Network Ten has officially launched its 2019 season and with it comes a new look.

After almost 28 years, the “ten” logo has been replaced by a numeric “10”. The change comes almost a year after Ten was bought out of receivership by US network CBS.

The revamp also flows through to secondary channels One and Eleven which will become 10 Boss and 10 Peach.

Ten Eyewitness News will be known as 10 News First.

The network has also officially announced its premium streaming platform 10 All Access which will sit alongside its current catch up platform 10 Play.

New shows for the network include revivals of some familiar titles: Dancing With The Stars, now with Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer, and Changing Rooms with Natalie Bassingthwaite.

New dramas include My Life Is Murder, The Secret She Keeps and Five Bedrooms and comedy series Mr Black. New entertainment titles include Chris And Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway and Celebrity Name Game.

Four projects from the network’s recent Pilot Week have been given the go ahead: Trial By Kyle, Kinne Tonight, Bring Back Saturday Night and Taboo.

Returning shows include The Project, The Sunday Project, MasterChef Australia, Survivor Australia, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Studio 10, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Gogglebox Australia, The Living Room, Pointless, Hughesy We Have A Problem and Neighbours.


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Bill Collins steps down from Fox Classics

Bill Collins this weekend presented his last Golden Years Of Hollywood for Fox Classics, handing over the reins to actor, writer and TV critic Graeme Blundell.

Making his TV debut as a film reviewer for ABC program Roundabout in 1963, Collins went on to become presenter and movie reviewer for TCN9 in Sydney, later moving to ATN7. He took on a national profile when he moved across to the Ten network, presenting Golden Years Of Hollywood on Saturday nights as well as matinee movie screenings. He also wrote movie reviews for TV Times magazine and later for TV Week. He joined Foxtel when it launched in 1995.

He received an Order of Australia Medal in 1987, was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and won the inaugural ASTRA Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2013.

“To all my fans, I want to say thank you for your support of the Golden Years of Hollywood. Thank you so much, you’ve brought me so much pleasure,” Collins said in a press release.

Blundell, who will present Saturday Night At The Movies, paid tribute to Collins: “It’s a great honour to continue the tradition of Bill’s foundation work on Fox Classics. There’s no doubt Bill is one of Australia’s best known and most loved movie presenters ever to appear on television, and it’s likely that he’s been adored by not only your parents but your grandparents too. His unique style, insight and passion for movies of the Golden Years of Hollywood has straddled many generations. Indeed the films from this era owe him a huge debt for keeping these wonderful classics alive over many decades.”

Bill Collins’ Golden Years Of Hollywood will continue to be available on Foxtel On Demand.



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SBS appoints new Managing Director

James Taylor has been appointed as the new managing director of SBS.

He has been acting in the role since 2 October, following the departure of Michael Ebeid, and will be formally appointed effective 22 October for a five-year term.

SBS chairman Dr Bulent Hass Dellal AO said:  “The Board has great confidence in James’ skill and ability to be an inspiring leader of SBS, building on recent developments and successes to date, and empowering the organisation and its people to take SBS forward into the future.”

“Not only does James have a comprehensive and innate knowledge of SBS and its operations, he has developed a significant level of trust and rapport with its board, the executive team and employees throughout the organisation over the years. He has been a driving force and key collaborator across a range of projects which have seen SBS transform into the modern, innovative and efficient multiplatform broadcaster it is today.”

Prior to acting in the managing director role, Taylor was chief financial officer at SBS for five years.

Previous experience includes executive roles at Deloitte, British Telecom and ABC.

Source: SBS, SBS


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