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We’re head­ing east again

THE cam­eras are set to roll on a sec­ond se­ries of the ABC coastal drama East of Ev­ery­thing. The top-notch cast from se­ries one, in­clud­ing Richard Roxburgh, Tom Long, Gia Carides (right) and Susie Porter, will be back in front of the cam­eras in By­ron Bay next Mon­day. Join­ing them in this se­ries will be Nick Tate, who will play Gerry, the fa­ther of Art (Roxburgh) and Vance (Long). Tracy Mann and New Zealand ac­tor Craig Hall (King Kong) are also in the cast. Se­ries two has been writ­ten by Deb Cox and Roger Monk. The direc­tors are Stu­art MacDon­ald (East of Ev­ery­thing se­ries one, Sum­mer Heights High, The Se­cret Life of Us); Tony Tilse (Un­der­belly, City Homi­cide, CrashBurn); and Ian Wat­son (Love My Way, The Cooks). Ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers are Mi­randa Dear and Amanda Higgs (ABC) and Fiona Eag­ger. The story re­sumes five months af­ter Art and Vance Watkins have sub­mit­ted to their dead mother’s wishes and re­opened the back­packer spot, the Far Out East. ‘‘East of Ev­ery­thing se­ries two takes the world of Bro­ken Bay and its in­hab­i­tants into new ter­ri­tory, am­pli­fy­ing the com­edy and pace and de­liv­er­ing a se­ries of qual­ity, heart and hu­mour,’’ Eag­ger says.

Fox picks up Aussie show

AMER­ICA’S Fox net­work will adapt the Aus­tralian drama The In­for­mant, writ­ten by Screen­time’s Greg Had­drick. The Aus­tralian ver­sion stars William McInnes (left) as a se­cre­tive sub­ur­ban dad who works as a po­lice in­for­mant for an elite fed­eral in­ves­tiga­tive agency. A tele­movie, filmed as a po­ten­tial se­ries pilot, will screen on Chan­nel 10 this year, though Ten has not yet com­mis­sioned a se­ries.

Lights, cam­era, trans­ac­tion

MORE than $262 mil­lion was spent on film and television pro­duc­tion in Vic­to­ria in the 2007-08 fi­nan­cial year— a record for the state. Ac­cord­ing to Film Vic­to­ria, the fig­ure rep­re­sents an 80 per cent in­crease in spend­ing AS THE Nine Net­work starts plan­ning a new se­ries of The Block to be filmed in Syd­ney and Melbourne next year, the hit ren­o­va­tion for­mat con­tin­ues to sell around the world with Is­raeli television the latest to pick up the rights. The Block was cre­ated by for­mer Nine pro­duc­ers David Bar­bour and Ju­lian Cress, who are now based in the US with Granada. For­mat rights to The Block have been sold to Bri­tain’s ITV, Fox USA, Mnet South Africa and many Euro­pean broad­cast­ers. The Aus­tralian ver­sion, hosted by Jamie Durie, also has sold well. Cress and Bar­bour have just de­liv­ered the first episode of an­other of their for­mats, The Chop­ping Block, to NBC.

Fre­man­tle kicks goals

THE chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Fre­mantleMe­dia Aus­tralia Mark Fen­nessy was in Melbourne last week spruik­ing a strong line-up of of­fer­ings for the com­ing year. As well as the im­prov­ing per­for­mance of Neigh­bours, the com­pany has had suc­cess with se­ries in­clud­ing So You Think You Can Dance, Farmer Wants a Wife, Choir of Hard Knocks, New­stopia, The Gift, The Big­gest Loser, Project Run­way Aus­tralia and Aus­tralian Idol. They also are pro­duc­ing Taken Out, a new stripped dat­ing for­mat for Chan­nel 10, and Nine’s re­make of a Ja­panese for­mat, Hole in the Wall.

Doc­tors on call

THOUGH there is still no of­fi­cial com­mis­sion from Chan­nel 9, work is con­tin­u­ing on Fre­mantleMe­dia’s re­make of the 1970s drama se­ries The Young Doc­tors with at least one for­mer cast mem­ber— Mark Holden (above)— very ea­ger to be in­volved. Holden played Dr Greg Ma­son in the orig­i­nal se­ries. No cast is yet at­tached to the se­ries, but pro­duc­ers have ap­proached Kate Ritchie to star.

Tropfest given Ex­tra treat­ment

SHORT-FILM mak­ers will have their Tropfest en­tries broad­cast on Movie Ex­tra un­der a seven-year spon­sor­ship deal an­nounced last week by Movie Net­work Chan­nels and Tropfest, the world’s largest short-film fes­ti­val. As part of the deal, Movie Net­work will host a live broad­cast of the event, in­clud­ing red-car­pet high­lights and in­ter­views, and screen­ing the 16 fi­nal­ists and the awards cer­e­mony.

Posie’s next bush drama

HER long-run­ning drama se­ries McLeod’s Daugh­ters winds up this year, but Posie Graeme-Evans is not rest­ing on her lau­rels. The for­mer Nine drama chief has set up a pro­duc­tion part­ner­ship with Fre­mantleMe­dia and is de­vel­op­ing an­other rural-themed fam­ily drama for the Seven Net­work.

Kids live set for Movie World

GE­OR­GIA Sin­clair and Shura Taft hosted their first live episode of the week­end chil­dren’s show Kids WB at Nine’s Melbourne stu­dios on Satur­day. The show will also go out live for the next few Satur­days be­fore a live out­door tele­cast from Movie World on Septem­ber 13.

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