Romper Stomper: the Wright time to revisit history

Geoffrey Wright’s earth-shaking 1992 movie Romper Stomper redefined representations of violence on the big screen, and now the Australian director is bringing the title to TV sets as a drama series for SVOD service Stan. Jesse Whittock meets him to find out why. There’s so much crazy shit going on these days you really can’t […]

Aussie drama spend passes $1.3bn but kids suffer

Australia saw its scripted production spend hit A$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) for the first time, but its kids TV drama business is in “in a state of crisis”, an annual report reveals. Screen Australia’s 27th Drama Report, covering 2016/17, shows A$321 million was spend on a record 46 TV dramas out of a total of […]

Viewpoint: A Romper Stomper route to television

Film director Geoffrey Wright explains the process of how his cult Australian feature film Romper Stomper transferred from the big screen in the early 1990s to subscription video-on-demand in 2017 as a Stan original drama series that DCD Rights will be selling at market. It was around September of 2016 that John and Dan Edwards […]

Talking drama: The Other Guy

The Other Guy is, at its core, a comedy-drama about love (or, more specifically, a lack of it). The show follows AJ, a radio DJ who goes off the rails after he discovers his girlfriend has been cheating with his best friend, who is never seen on screen. “In a weird way it’s about this […]

Netflix takes on Stan with first Aussie original

Netflix has commissioned its first original series out of Australia, placing it head-to-head with SVOD rival Stan. Production will start next year in Queensland on Tidelands, marking Netflix’s move into original programming in Australia. Nine Network-backed Stan is already commissioning high-end original series, most notably through its series reboot of Australian horror movie Wolf Creek. […]

Stan co-parent subject of A$2.8bn bid

Fairfax Media, which owns a 50% stake in Australian SVOD service Stan, may be sold for around A$2.76 billion (US$2.05 billion). Financier TPG Group, which owns stakes in STX Entertainment and US Hispanic broadcaster Univision, is looking to buy 100% of the Sydney-based media and publishing group for around A$1.25 a share. TPG is leading […]

Stan named Cartoon Network Oz streaming home

Australian subscription VOD service Stan has become the exclusive streaming home of Cartoon Network programming following an agreement with US media giant Turner. Among the new content coming to Stan is the eighth and final season of Regular Show (pictured), as an Australian premiere in April. New seasons of Adventure Time and The Powerpuff Girls […]

Stan OTT service is on Good Behavior

Australian streaming service Stan has acquired US drama series Good Behavior. The SVOD service scooped Australian rights from Turner, which distributes the series and launched it internationally at MIPCOM. The show recently debuted on Turner’s TNT cable net in the US. The thriller follows a thief and con artist (Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery) who is […]

Shares in Aussie SVOD service suspended

Struggling Australian subscription on-demand service Quickflix has had its shares suspended from the country’s stock exchange. The firm has failed to pay its annual listing fees on the Australian Securities Exchange and was therefore one of the companies blocked from trading. Quickflix went into administration in April in the face of stiff competition from Netflix, […]

Report: Seven to exit SVOD joint venture

Seven West Media is set to pull out of its joint venture subscription video-on-demand platform Presto, according to local reports. Rather than agreeing a full financial year agreement for the service with JV partner Foxtel, Seven Network’s parent reportedly has opted for a six month budget. The Australian reports Presto is under “extreme pressure” from […]

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