Fremantle Media scoops five Logie Awards

It was thrilling and proud night for FMA at the 60th TV Week Logie Awards with five wins for two of our much-loved programs, Wentworth and Family Feud Australia.

Family Feud host Grant Denyer won the biggest honour of the night, the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television. 

And the awards kept coming as the Family Feud frontman also picked up the Logie for Most Popular Presenter.

Wentworth saw great success winning both the prestigious Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Drama and the highly prized Logie for Most Popular Drama.

Pamela Rabe won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress for her chilling portrayal of Joan Ferguson in Wentworth.

These awards are a credit to the incredibly creative and hard-working production teams of both programs.


FMA Receives FIVE Nominations at AWGIES

FMA Receives FIVE Nominations at AWGIES

FremantleMedia Australia has received an impressive FIVE nominations at the 50th Annual AWGIE Awards, announced this morning by the Australian Writers’ Guild.

Neighbours’ impact on the Australian psyche continues, with three nominations in the Television – Serial category for Sam Meikle, Sue Hore and Peter Mattessi. In the category of Television – Series or Miniseries, Pete McTighe is nominated for his Wentworth episode of Seeing Red; and in the Television – Series or Miniseries (Less than 4 hours), Hoges: Part 1 was given a nod by the judges for Keith Thompson’s script.  

Since 1968 the Australian Writers’ Guild has presented the AWGIE Awards to recognise and reward the talents, triumphs and unique contributions of Australian screen and stage writers to the Australian arts. The AWGIE Awards is the only writers’ awards judged solely by writers, based on the written script – the writer’s intention rather than the finished product.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, this year’s AWGIE Awards will be presented across 19 individual categories including feature film, television, documentary, theatre, animation and interactive media as well as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, proudly presented by Foxtel.

AWGIE recipients will be announced at the 50th Annual AWGIE Awards on Friday 25 August 2017 in Sydney.


Neighbours: Episode 7414 – Sam Meikle

Neighbours: Episode 7477 – Sue Hore

Neighbours: Episode 7492 – Peter Mattessi


Wentworth: ‘Seeing Red' – Pete McTighe


Hoges: Part 1 – Keith Thompson

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Production Commences On third Season Of The Great Australian Bake Off

Production Commences On third Season Of The Great Australian Bake Off

Series to premiere on Lifestyle FOOD later this year.

The tent is up, the ovens preheated and some of the country’s best amateur bakers are ready to do baking battle in the third season of Lifestyle FOOD’s deliciously successful series, THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF.

Produced by FremantleMedia Australia exclusively for Foxtel, the 10-part series started filming in Sydney last week with 12 new bakers donning their aprons and taking their spot in the iconic Bake Off shed.

Over the coming weeks, these home baking enthusiasts will take on up to 30 mouth-watering challenges that will test their baking prowess and creativity in a bid to find the country’s best baker.

Culinary icon Maggie Beer and acclaimed chef Matt Moran will once again be judging the bakers on their skills at making cakes, breads, pastries and desserts of all kinds. Comedians Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle are also back to host the third season, armed with an arsenal of fresh baking puns.

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF has been a huge success for Lifestyle FOOD, with the first two series continually breaking viewing records and finishing as the number one program in the channel’s history across all metrics. The third series of THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF will premiere later this year.

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel based on a format created by Love Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide.

Following its broadcast on Lifestyle FOOD, THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF will be available to watch via Foxtel On Demand, which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move via Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go is included in all residential and Foxtel play subscriptions at no extra cost. 

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Gary Conway Celebrated At The Prestigious ADG Awards

Gary Conway Celebrated At The Prestigious ADG Awards

He has been a much-loved fixture behind the camera on Neighbours for the past three decades, and now director Gary Conway has been recognised by his peers with a prestigious Australian Directors’ Guild Award.

Starting on Neighbours during the 1980s when Kylie and Jason were starring, Gary won the Award for Best Direction in a TV Drama Serial at the ADG Awards over the weekend with his direction of Brad and Lauren’s wedding episode 7509.

Gary’s contribution to the rise of countless of young Australian actors including Jason and Kylie, Natalie Imbruglia, Craig Mclaughlan, Daniel Macpherson, Guy Pearce, Jesse Spencer, Natalie Basingthwaite, Ashley Brewer, and Margo Robbie is an incredible achievement. Currently overseas, Gary is delighted by his win and said:

“Directing is a team effort, it’s all well and good to have a vision but it’s crucial to have the hard work and dedication from each and every department. I would like to thank the script department for the terrific story, the cast for their performances, Angelo and the Post team, a big thanks to the Art department for creating a magnificent wedding and to each and every crew member for creating a fantastic episode”.

The award further cements Neighbours continuing influence on the worldwide drama landscape. A big congratulations to Gary and all the Neighbours team!

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Wentworth To Start Production On Season Six

Wentworth To Start Production On Season Six

FremantleMedia Australia’s global hit drama Wentworth will this month go into production of its sixth season, Foxtel has announced.

Wentworth’s fifth season launched last month on Foxtel’s showcase channel and the next 12-episode season of the AACTA and Logie Award winning drama will shoot on location through winter in Melbourne to be scheduled on Foxtel in 2018.

Wentworth premiered in 2013 and is Foxtel’s longest-running original drama. The series is distributed by FremantleMedia International and is now seen in more than 140 territories and there are productions in Dutch, German and Flemish.

The drama has been lauded by critics at home and abroad and acknowledged with award wins and nominations. Most recently, Wentworth won the 6th AACTA Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series in December and was nominated in the 59th TV Week Logie Awards in the popular-voted Best Drama Series category and the industry-voted categories of Most Outstanding Drama Series, Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Nicole da Silva as Franky Doyle, and Most Outstanding Actress for Danielle Cormack in her final season as Bea Smith.

Foxtel head of drama Penny Win said: “As Foxtel’s longest-running original drama, Wentworth continues to set a high bar for our local production slate. There is so much yet to unfold with season five premiering now in Australia on Foxtel before any details should be revealed about the sixth season. My lips are sealed other than to say Marcia Gardner and the writers continue to excel in setting up intriguing story arcs and finely crafted scripts for the wonderfully talented Wentworth cast to bring to life.” 

FremantleMedia Australia’s Director of Drama Jo Porter said: “Getting to a sixth season is something none of us take for granted. Key to this is the unwavering dedication to the show by the incredible Wentworth audience both in Australia and around the world. Like us they are drawn to our exceptional cast who embody the diverse, complex and intriguing characters who populate the intense world of Wentworth and its high stakes and compelling stories.

“None of this would be possible without our wonderful partners Foxtel. Together with series producer Pino Amenta, the wonderful team of writers, directors, crew, and cast, we all look forward to opening the gates of Wentworth for the next chapter. Knowing what they have in store, fans won’t be disappointed and we can’t wait to get started.”

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First Look at Picnic at Hanging Rock

First Look at Picnic at Hanging Rock

FremantleMedia Australia and Foxtel this week released the first official image from the set of our new event drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, in production in Victoria.

The first look image reveals Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, In Darkness) as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard alongside Samara Weaving as Irma Leopold, Madeleine Madden as Marion Quade and Lily Sullivan as Miranda Reid.

“I am thrilled to be in Australia working with an exceptional creative team on Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Ms Dormer said. “This re-imagining of the iconic story will no doubt grab a contemporary audience with its mystery, emotion and wide range of complex, smart female characters. To play Hester Appleyard is a joy.” 

Picnic at Hanging Rock will plunge viewers into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900, taking the audience on a new journey into Joan Lindsay’s revered Australian novel through the six part drama which has production investment from Screen Australia and Film Victoria. 

The extensive cast includes Lola Bessis as Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers, mistress of French Conversation, Music and Dance; Yael Stone as Miss Dora Lumley, mistress of Deportment and Bible Studies; Anna McGahan as Miss Greta McCraw, mistress of Geography and Mathematics, Sibylla Budd as Mrs Valange, mistress of Art and Literature, Ruby Rees as Edith Horton and introduces Inez Curro as Sara Waybourne.   Other characters will be played by Don Hany, Harrison Gilbertson, James Hoare, Marcus Graham, Mark Coles Smith, Jonny Pasvolsky, Philip Quast, Emily Gruhl, Ros Gentle, Julie Nihill, Kaarin Fairfax, Huw Higginson, Ron Jacobson and Kim Gyngell.

Picnic at Hanging Rock will premiere on Foxtel’s showcase channel at a date to be confirmed.

FremantleMedia International is distributing the drama internationally.

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Family Feud Star Wars Edition

Family Feud Star Wars Edition

Calling all Star Wars and Family Feud fans: May the 4th Be With You! To celebrate Star Wars Day this Thursday, FremantleMedia Australia has collaborated with The Walt Disney Company to launch the Family Feud Star Wars board game

The board game’s release coincides with a one-off Star Wars themed episode of Family Feud to screen on TEN and WIN Network this Thursday, May 4 at 6pm and ties in with the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film franchise.

The Network Ten hit is a natural fit for brand leverage. With the regular Family Feud board game the Number 1 selling game last year, the Family Feud Star Wars board game is the second co-branded offering after Family Feud Disney Edition, which hit Number 2 best seller in Australia in 2016.

The episode sees two teams of Star Wars fans battling it out with questions from the movie franchise and a chance to win a trip to Disneyland California and $10,000 spending money. With Stormtrooper cos-players and audience members dressed up as their favourite Star Wars characters, it’s set to be an action packed episode. 

“To see Family Feud associated with the world’s biggest movie franchise brand is an honour and, building on the success of last year’s Disney board game, we are thrilled to once again evolve and integrate the Feud brand to continually entertain and engage our audience,” says Zara Curtis, General Manager Brand Partnerships, FremantleMedia Australia. 

Manufactured by Imagination Gaming, the Family Feud Star Wars board game is available from Kmart stores nationally at a RRP of $29.

“This year, from a galaxy far, far away we will have combined two global entertainment brands with Star Wars themed questions,” says Imagination Gaming CEO Shane Yeend. “We can’t wait to see it hit the shelves and are thrilled with this new-look, co-branding of the game.”  

Family Feud Star Wars is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Network Ten, screening 6pm on Thursday, May 4.

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Stargazing Live Discovers New Planets

Stargazing Live Discovers New Planets

In news that is simply out of this world, Stargazing Live viewers have discovered four brand new planets orbiting a yellow parent star – the biggest discovery in the show’s history and one that has caused excitement in the scientific community.

The FMA-produced series for the ABC, which has been a long-running BBC format, last night revealed the newly discovered system is in the constellation of Aquarius. It is 600-light years away and the planets are each between two and three times the size of Earth. 

Professor Brian Cox says, “I couldn’t be more excited about these discoveries - in the seven years I’ve been making Stargazing Live this is the most significant scientific discovery we’ve made. The results are a wonderful and intriguing surprise.” 

It is a new solar system, and one that scientists didn’t know existed until yesterday.

More than ten thousand viewers from all around Australia logged on to to help analyse the data that identified the new solar system. 

The discovery was made using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, in collaboration with the Zooniverse project and with scientists at the University of California Santa Cruz and at Caltech.

Congratulations to FMA Executive Producer Lara Hopkins and her team for producing one of the year’s standout science programs.

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Neighbours Forging New Ground

Neighbours Forging New Ground

FMA’s internationally loved serial drama Neighbours is forging new ground, with news today the series will commence screening on Canada’s LGBTIQ network OUTtv from April 24.

Ramsay Street welcomed a regular gay character in 2010 with the introduction of Chris Pappas played by Melbourne actor James Mason and followed by Meyne Wyatt playing Nate Kinski.

Currently there are three LGBTQ regular characters in series played by Matt Wilson, Takaya Honda and long-time Ramsay Street favourite Carla Bonner, along with recurring guest characters played by Claudia Greenstone and Louise Crawford.

“Our quest always is for Neighbours to be a reflection of our community in terms of diversity and acceptance, and focus on what should be our ‘normal’ as we go about our lives,” said Jason Herbision, Executive Producer, Neighbours. “We are absolutely thrilled that viewers in Canada will be able to experience all our characters on OUTtv,”

OUTtv will be in-line with Neighbours episodes screening here and on Channel 5 in the UK.

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New Characters Hit Ramsay Street

New Characters Hit Ramsay Street

Neighbours is boosting its cast, with five new regular characters joining the one of the series most popular dynasties, the Rebecchi family.

Nicholas Coghlan (Nowhere Boys, House Husbands) reprises the character Shane Rebecchi, the older brother of long-time favourite Toadie. He is joined by his wife Dipi played by Sharon Johal (Winners & Losers).  In their first television roles, newcomers Olivia Junkeer and Vani Dhir play daughters Yashvi and Kirsha respectively. Drama graduate Scarlet Vas has been cast as Dipi’s spirited younger sister Mishti Sharma who also makes the move to the big smoke from country Victoria.

The Rebecchi’s have been integral to Neighbours for more than two decades. Led by iconic characters Angie and ‘Big Kev’, the larger than life family that included their three sons, have been involved in some of the most memorable moments in the show’s history.

“Shane Rebecchi is one of the great untapped characters from Neighbours history.  I’m delighted to welcome him back to Ramsay Street along with his beautiful wife, two children and sister-in-law, it’s a great new chapter of the Rebecchi family," said Jason Herbison, Neighbours’ Executive Producer.

The Rebecchi’s take up residency on Ramsay Street from April 17.

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