By James Manning
• Liam at Jacky Road Studios, Georgie Gardner, New Podcast Festival
A visit to Hawaii in 2019 for Australian surfer Cooper Chapman saw him busy recording podcasts in addition to competing in the Men’s Qualifying Series World Tour.
Chapman also runs a small business called The Good Human Factory, about building mental resilience by educating and inspiring youth to be good humans. The idea for a podcast series developed last year. Cooper saw the stats surrounding mental health in Australia after his younger sister lost two friends to suicide during year 12 in 2018.
“I have always been a fan of podcasts and I realise this would be a way to reach a bigger audience.” Chapman told Mediaweek he is lucky to know some impressive people wo have great stories of resilience and he is now able to share them via the podcast series Good Humans with Cooper Chapman.
PodcastOne recently released episode seven with a couple more to come to finish the season. Chapman is looking to spread beyond surfing guests for season two. “So far we have had pro surfers and a sports psychologist who is my psychologist for Surfing Australia. The next season will include some NRL players among other athletes.
“Being an athlete I am so lucky with the life I have and the knowledge I have gathered is too valuable not to share with others.”
With the surfing tour cancelled this year until 2021, Chapman has been spending time at home in Byron Bay. He had been working as a carpenter in previous years to support himself on the tour, but was recently competing full time. This year he has been able to focus on training for 2021 with big ambitions after competing on the tour for the past eight years. “I have been lucky to qualify for JobKeeper this year. It’s been tough for some of the athletes. For example in South Africa some of the surfers weren’t even allowed in the ocean for two months. I have been relatively so lucky.”
And those ambitions next year? “I want to get on the World Tour. I have been trying for many years and come very close.” Chapman needs to rank higher to move to the main tour. The closest he has come was a ranking of 23 a couple of years ago.
Following the success of the first three series, A Life of Greatness Podcast hosted by Sarah Grynberg, has returned for a fourth series on PodcastOne Australia.
Grynberg, said: “The series has been created to deliver insight and inspiration to allow listeners to awaken to their best selves. My fourth series dives deep into the hearts and minds of some of the world’s most influential people.”
With original, in-depth interviews with some of the most loved and respected thought leaders and personalities in Australia and around the world, series four of A Life of Greatness, features eight episodes with celebrity guests including comedian, TV presenter and broadcaster Dave Hughes, leadership expert Robin Sharma, originator of the global celery juice movement, Anthony William and New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler.
ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia and the ARN-powered Podular Media have launched No Merger. The niche AFL podcast tells the story of the AFL’s failed merger in 1996 between Melbourne and Hawthorn.
Told through conversations with the people at the forefront of the controversy, including former AFL CEO Ross Oakley, AFL journalist Mike Sheahan, former Hawthorn premiership captain and Operation Payback frontman, Don Scott, former players Jason Dunstall, Alastair Clarkson, Andrew Leoncelli and many more, the four-part series delves into the truth behind some of the AFL’s biggest and most controversial moments.
Podular’s founder & CEO Adrian Houghton said, “No Merger was an opportunity for people to set the record straight, including a number of different misconceptions about the failed merger. We document how Operation Payback and the Demon Alternative fought to save their clubs under significant scrutiny and forces beyond their control. It captures the emotion and the backdoor dealings leading in that toxic and remarkable vote night.”
Spoken word publisher – books and podcasts – Audible has released details of its August offerings including two Australian series.
Tame Your Inner Critic from Claire Bowditch is being released August 11:
ARIA Award-winning, Logie-nominated actor, former ABC broadcaster and trained Life Coach Claire Bowditch guides listeners to choose how we think of ourselves; which stories we’re going to tell ourselves, and which ones we’re going to allow to come true in our own lives. Bowditch equips listeners with the skills we need, to manage the way we think.
Nazeem Hussain will see Rogue Son released on August 25:
Against his mother’s protests Nazeem Hussain heads to Sri Lanka to answer the question his son may one day ask him “Why are we brown?” A new government is elected while Naz is in the air, so he lands in a strange atmosphere of confusion and change. Under this government’s previous reign, disappearances of minorities were rife, and as a minority Muslim in this country, Naz wonders if he should have listened to his mum.
Liam Stapleton is the latest guest to join Jack Post’s Jacky Road Studios podcast, with the pair recently recording an episode titled My New Voice. Post is a busy member of the on-air team at Melbourne’s #1 FM breakfast show The Christian O’Connell Show and a regular on the Hamish & Andy podcast. He launched his own podcast just last month and Stapleton features on episode eight. The series launched with podcaster and producer Radio Mike (aka Podcast Mike).
Stapleton is one half of Nova Adelaide’s Breakfast team Ben & Liam, a pair who have travelled the road from community to public to commercial radio in recent years. After launching on Fresh 92.7, they got a shot at a national audience with three years on triple j. They started on air with Nova in January this year.
Post asked Stapleton how the transition has been to Nova, where Ben & Liam are interviewing hitmakers like Guy Sebastian rather than the indie bands of triple j. “I love it, it’s weird because it’s a whole different world,” said Stapleton. “At triple j you start to get the same people… but you end up making friends with some of those artists which is really cool.”
Stapleton revealed he and Ben Harvey are still at Nova until 3pm most days, a fact that surprised Post: “We are super passionate about what we are building,” he said.
The online destination Future Women is interviewing women on their motivations and inspirations in a new 10-part podcast series Drive hosted by 9News journalist and TV presenter Georgie Gardner.
The podcast features interviews with a range of diverse women including actor Rachel Griffiths, podcaster Aminatou Sow, the AFL’s Tanya Hosch, chef Danielle Alvarez, designer Alexandra Smart, Culture Amp’s Aubrey Blanche, Adopt Change founder Deborra-Lee Furness, and entrepreneur Shivani Gopal. The series is sponsored by Uber Eats.
Episode one features former prime minister Julia Gillard discussing her new book, Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons, co-authored with economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
AV Media & Events (AVME), a joint venture between event specialists SME London and GetOnMedia, this week announced the launch of inaugural festival The Podcast Show which will take place at The Business Design Centre London on 26th & 27th May 2021. The Podcast Show is promising the biggest festival for the business of podcasting in Europe and will welcome the entire podcasting community from around the globe. Held over two days, the event will feature a series of industry panels with over 250 speakers, workshops, masterclasses, live podcast matinees, major industry keynotes, international networking, ‘In Conversation With’ discussions and exhibitor/partner activations. For more information, visit http://www.thepodcastshowlondon.com/
The Podcast Show will welcome 6,000 attendees across two days including industry professionals, business leaders, podcast fans and the next generation of the podcasting community. Centrally located in London’s media district, moments away from the Eurostar and rest of Europe, The Podcast Show will be the largest podcast B2B and consumer show outside of North America. The Podcast Show is billing itself as the ultimate networking event, whether you are in the business of podcasting, new to podcasting, an independent creator, publisher or IP owner, or looking to innovate and improve your craft. The Podcast Show will play host to a series of standout show features, such as the Brands & Advertising Exchange and the International Pavilion, as well as a series of stages created to both inspire and showcase emerging podcasting talent, including Rise Up Platforms, Pitch A Podcast, a Creator Centre – with more to be announced.
Spotify will be an official lead partner of The Podcast Show 2021. Other partners are BBC Sounds, acast, Audioboom and UK content business somethinelse.
David Maher and David Taylor have taken the decision to step away from the management of Playmaker Media, the company they founded in 2009 and sold to Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) in 2014.
They will continue to lead the company over the coming months as they and SPT look for a new creative executive team to take the reins, to ensure a smooth handover transition for the company.
They and SPT will continue to co-develop and co-produce a number of projects which they have built up together through Playmaker and, going forward, on a case by case basis with new projects that they develop.
Under their leadership, Playmaker has garnered awards and international critical acclaim with shows such as the AACTA Best Drama Award for The Code (ABC), four seasons of Love Child (Nine Network), five seasons of Logie winning drama series House Husbands (Nine Network), Most Outstanding Drama Series Bloom and The Commons (both for Stan), Emmy nominated Slide (Foxtel), Reckoning (Netflix) and the Mandarin-language version of thriller series Chosen, for China’s largest streaming service, iQiyi.
Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television, said “After 11 highly successful years building Playmaker into a world class indie, we fully support David’s Maher and Taylor in their decision to go back to working as independent producers, and look forward to working with them in their new capacity, while continuing to invest in and build Playmaker under a new management team.”
David Maher and David Taylor added “We’ve loved our time at Playmaker and with Sony Pictures Television, producing over 200 hours of drama we’re immensely proud of. We’d like to thank Wayne, SPT International and especially our brilliant team at Playmaker for that experience. It continues to be an exciting time to produce drama and we’re looking forward to whatever comes next.”
SPT will be announcing plans regarding the future of management at Playmaker in due course.
APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) have announced this year’s Art Music Awards, a virtual event, will be streamed online to an audience worldwide on Tuesday 8 September.
This annual celebration of Australia’s contemporary classical, jazz and improvised and experimental music and sound art will feature socially distanced performances from some of Australia’s finest talents, curated by the multi award-winning composer and pianist Barney McAll. Co-hosts for the evening, as well as details of the full performance program, will be announced in the coming weeks.
McAll said: “2020 has brought so much grief. Many of the world’s preoccupations are proving empty. We can take solace in the truthfulness of our art music, a music that has always reflected a battle for awareness and manifested a force for transformation and renewal. Massive change has now become imperative to our survival as a species. I am honoured to be part of a musical culture that can only become increasingly important as so much emptiness is spotlighted and amended.
“In 2020, we are celebrating our 10th Art Music Awards in its current format, and we’re excited to usher in new and reworked categories, making this the most comprehensive and inclusive Awards event in our history. Awards will be presented in 13 national categories, along with Luminary Awards for each Australian state or territory, to honour individuals and organisations who have impacted their communities over a sustained period. The reworked categories have been introduced to meet the needs of and acknowledge the ever-evolving art music sector. The ceremony will also honour the recipient of the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.”
The finalists for the 2020 Art Music Awards will be announced on Tuesday 11 August.
CATEGORIES FOR THE 2020 ART MUSIC AWARDS
• Work of the Year: Choral
• Work of the Year: Large Ensemble
• Work of the Year: Dramatic
• Work of the Year: Electroacoustic / Sound Art
• Work of the Year: Jazz
• Work of the Year: Chamber Music
• Performance of the Year: Notated Composition
• Performance of the Year: Jazz / Improvised Music
• Award for Excellence in Music Education
• Award for Excellence in a Regional Area
• Award for Excellence in Experimental Music
• Luminary Award – Individual
• Luminary Award – Organisation
• Luminary Awards – State/Territory Awards
• Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music
Top Photos: Mary Finsterer with Kim Williams at Art Music Awards 2019
• Thursday night without AFL, but Seven manages a close win
Although Seven did not have an AFL match last week, its Thursday night screening of The Front Bar managed 355,000, ahead of Nine’s NRL on 301,000.
The next best Thursday night shows after the news and current affairs offerings were 10’s Celebrity Gogglebox on 332,000 and then ABC’s Escape from the City on 304,000.
• Seven’s Friday Night Football & Better Homes over half a million
Seven was a clear Friday winner as both its main offerings of Friday Night AFL and Better Homes & Gardens were both over half a million.
10’s lifestyle offering, the revamped Living Room, performed well too with 430,000, the show’s second-best audience in its month back on air.
Nine’s Friday night NRL did 339,000 with 139,000 in Sydney and 157,000 in Brisbane. An extra 227,000 were watching NRL in regional markets.
Friday Night AFL was on 552,000 (337,000 in Melbourne) with an extra 188,000 in regional markets.
By James Manning
• Seven wins as ABC also had one of biggest non-news audiences
Seven News ranked #1 on Saturday with 1.031m watching.
The AFL coverage then guaranteed Seven victory with 536,000 watching in metro markets.
The ABC had the biggest audience for non-news or sport with 428,000 watching Shakespeare and Hathaway.
The most-watched movie was Nine’s The Mummy with 291,000.
SBS found two spots in the top 20 with Extreme Railway Journeys (231,000) and SBS World News (222,000).
The subscription TV ratings (national) for the major sports on Saturday on Fox Sports, Fox League and Fox Footy as follows:
NRL Raiders v Souths 287,000
NRL Sharks v Dragons 258,000
NRL: Warriors v Roosters 194,000
AFL: Sydney v Hawthorn 240,000
AFL: North v Carlton 202,000
AFL: Port v St Kilda 185,000
Rugby: Force v Brumbies 38,000
Rugby: Crusaders v Hurricanes 34,000
Get weekend sports ratings from FTA and STV at mediaweek.com.au and via Twitter follow @mediaweekAUS.
By James Manning
• Ninja Warrior season launch helps Nine climb the mountain
As Ninja Warriors in the fourth season of Ninja Warrior Australia aim to climb Mount Midoriyama, the viewers tuning in helped Nine climb the ratings mountain. After losing the two previous Sundays, Nine flexed its Ninja muscles and claimed the points on the first night of week 31.
The launch episode of Ninja Warrior was on 1,040,000, outperforming the launch episode of Farmer Wants a Wife on Seven with 908,000. Both reality shows debuted strongly for their networks, and pushed well ahead of 10’s Bachelor in Paradise on 434,000.
Helping Nine secure the win was 60 Minutes which did a strong 721,000.
Nine noted Ninja Warrior was #1 24-54 on Sunday. “Ninja was clearly the destination of choice for 25-54s and family audiences on Sunday night,” said Hamish Turner, Nine’s program director. “Nine had a very strong audience share on Sunday night and dominated the commercial shares. The sentiment on social media has been positive and we think the audience has responded well to the Power Tower. We look forward to seeing the show continue its ratings momentum in the weeks to come.”
Seven is happy with its Sunday performance too though as the reboot of Farmer Wants a Wife continues Seven’s ratings recovery and gives the network another hit franchise.
Another important program for Seven on Sunday was Bevan Lee’s Between Two Worlds. The first episode did 419,000 which is a great number for a drama at that time of night. Watch for the numbers to climb on catchup which we will follow of the next few weeks.
Farmer Wants a Wife did particularly well in regional areas and the launch episode ranked #1 Sunday national total people with 1.40m.
Angus Ross, Seven’s network programming director, said: “It’s clear that Australians have fallen in love with Farmer Wants a Wife, with a great launch and strong audiences, particularly in the key demographics and in regional Australia. Farmer has also continued our strength in BVOD, with solid numbers for its first two episodes. We’re excited about continuing to share this much-loved show with our audiences over the next few weeks.”
By James Manning
• Audience in the bush makes Farmer #1 national and Seven #1 network
The audiences for the second episodes of both Farmer Wants a Wife and Ninja Warrior were down for their respective broadcasters. Nine’s primary channel primetime schedule had enough firepower to rank #1.
Ninja Warrior dropped from 1,040,000 on Sunday to 848,000 on Monday.
Farmer dropped from 908,000 on Sunday to 754,000 on Monday.
Farmer continues to perform strongly in regional markets where it ranked #1 nationally in its timeslot total people and 25-54. While the numbers are down, Farmer continues to perform well above the audience watching the last time it screened on Nine in 2016. The new season is trending older than both Ninja and Bachelor in Paradise in the demos.
10’s best on Monday was Have You Been Paying Attention? with 597,000, its smallest audience this year. Bachelor in Paradise was on 517,000, up from 434,000 on Sunday and ranking #1 16-39 on Monday.
Nine screened the documentary A Glorious Life: Bill Lawry late on Monday with 342,000 watching.
Seven’s 9-1-1: Lone Star launched strongly on Monday with 453,000 for the US drama starring Rob Lowe.
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Australian producers David Maher and David Taylor, the co-founders of Sony Pictures Television-owned drama producer Playmaker Media, are to leave the business they founded.
In a statement, the duo said: “It continues to be an exciting time to produce drama and we’re looking forward to whatever comes next.”
Wayne Garvie, Sony’s president of international production, said: “We fully support David’s Maher and Taylor in their decision to go back to working as independent producers, and look forward to working with them in their new capacity, while continuing to invest in and build Playmaker under a new management team.”
Playmaker launched in 2009 and Sony Pictures Television purchased the business in 2014. Most recently Playmaker has had a close relationship with Stan, producing the series The Commons and two seasons of Bloom.
Other series have included House Husbands, Bite Club and Love Child for Nine, plus The Wrong Girl, Friday on My Mind, The Code and Hiding.
Magellan Financial Group boss Hamish Douglass has cautioned lawmakers against excessive regulation of America’s technology giants, warning it could hurt the United States in its unfolding battle with China for dominance in global technology, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Zoe Samios.
The comments, from one of the nation’s most successful global equities fund managers and a major tech investor, come as the chief executives of Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon prepare for a grilling by US lawmakers and as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg prepares to unveil a new regulatory framework governing how the digital giants operate in Australia.
“Do I think they’re going to be broken up? There is a lot of water to flow under the bridge before that happens and America really has to think about, does it want to cripple its technology companies when it’s in a battle with China?” Douglass told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
“I don’t think [politicians] can break them up under current anti-trust law. They’ll need a change to anti-trust law. Getting anything through [Congress] pre-elections is very unlikely and then it will depend on who runs the White House, who runs the Senate…and America has to decide what is in its best interests,” Douglass said.
The chief executives of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple are all fronting a US House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee this week.
A Seven Network executive producer has paid a high price for drink driving at more than twice the legal limit and smashing into the back of a stationary taxi when it stopped to let out passengers in Sydney’s south, reports News Corp’s Eliza Barr.
Sylvia D’Souza, 42, left work drinks at a Surry Hills pub in her car when her phone was flat and she was unable to book an Uber or find a taxi on July 3.
D’Souza instead found a taxi minutes later when she ploughed into the back of one on the Princes Hwy in Rockdale as the driver stopped to let out a mother and her young child.
When police attended the scene, D’Souza returned a positive breath test – and a subsequent breath analysis returned a mid-range result of 0.134.
At Sutherland Local Court, barrister Allan Goldsworthy said D’Souza was on the hook for more than $40,000 after the taxi was badly damaged and her insurance was rendered void by her drink driving.
D’Souza pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and Magistrate Michael Connell convicted her, fined her $1200 and disqualified her licence for three months.
D’Souza was recently promoted by the Seven Network to the role of executive producer after an illustrious career as a producer on well-known shows including Bride and Prejudice, Zumbo Just Desserts, The Mentor and the second season of Survivor in 2017.
ABC News Breakfast will be without its usual hosts on Thursday morning after a coronavirus scare, reports News Corp’s Andrew Koubaridis.
Michael Rowland, Lisa Millar and weather presenter Nate Byrne will be off-air after the wife of a crew member tested positive to the virus.
Rowland tweeted on Wednesday night the state broadcaster had made the decision the presenting team should self isolate, following confirmation the wife of the Breakfast floor manager had tested positive.
The floor manager, who he identified as Joe, was awaiting his test results, but both he and his wife, Laura, were fine.
Rowland said the replacement of the hosts went “above and beyond health department requirements, but precaution is being taken for the wellbeing of other ABC staff in Melbourne” because “we all work closely with Joe”.
The show went to air this morning with Ben Knight and Madeline Morris stepping in as hosts.
A Neighbours actor who imported and sold high-quality drugs under the alias ‘drkemist’ has been jailed, reports News Corp’s Paul Shapiro.
Aravinda Mathuran, 30, was sentenced in the County Court yesterday to 39 months’ jail – with 21 months wholly suspended – after pleading guilty to importing and trafficking drugs.
Mathuran was busted after Australian Border Force intercepted 15 parcels containing a combined weight of more than half a kilo of MDMA with a street value of $40,000.
The parcels, which also contained cocaine and ketamine, were mailed from the United Kingdom, Germany and France between September 2018 and February 2019.
Mathuran took up acting 2017 and has starred in Australian television shows Neighbours, Wentworth, Wrong Girl and Romper Stomper.
He has also appeared in several commercials for brands including Carlton Draught, Cbus, Sportsbet and Bupa.
Mathuran – who had spent 57 days in custody – will serve 18 months’ jail before his sentence is wholly suspended for 21 months.
Until now 25-year-old Australian actor Georgia Blizzard had just one television credit on her resume. The NIDA graduate had appeared in a single 2016 episode of Home and Away as the alliterative troublemaker Stephanie Suttle, reports The Age’s Craig Mathieson.
“She had a great little arc,” jokes Blizzard, putting a touch of comic emphasis on “little”.
Like many young actors, Blizzard started out on the audition circuit hoping for a breakthrough role. When it presented itself, the beginnings were innocuous. A major British production, an ITV adaptation of J.G. Farrell’s World War II-era novel The Singapore Grip, was having difficulty filling a key role, so they’d expanded the casting search internationally.
Like hundreds of other hopefuls, Blizzard got dialogue for a sample scene and little else. The Hobart-born and Sydney-based actor recorded her audition for the part of Joan Blackett, the complicated daughter of a wealthy expatriate family in the titular British colony, and sent it off. Another audition was requested. Skype calls, accent work, and further emailed audition files followed.
Having never left Sydney, Blizzard won a major role, and in February of 2019 flew to London for the first time for a week’s pre-production prior to a four-month shoot in Malaysia. After an 11-hour costume fitting she attended the customary table read of the script with her co-stars, at which point the digital gap gave way to physical reality.
The Age’s Craig Mathieson asked a trio of leading local creative voices what local drama they’d remake if given the green light, and what they would and wouldn’t do differently with it in 2020. After some YouTube sessions and brief brainstorming, here are their pitches.
Showrunner: Tony Ayres (The Slap, Glitch, Stateless)
Is it better to reboot a show you love or one you’re sanguine about? Tony Ayres is a firm believer in the former. “Frontline is one of my favourite Australian shows of all time. When it was on I would be glued to the TV,” he says, while taking a break from post-production on his forthcoming Netflix series Clickbait. “Appointment viewing wasn’t my thing when I was younger, but it was the one I was desperate to watch. I felt grief when I missed an episode.”
Showrunner: Rosemary Blight (Love is a Four-Letter Word, Cleverman, Fighting Season)
It’s a straightforward yet fascinating premise that leading television and film producer Rosemary Blight wants to address with her theoretical reboot.
“Rake lasted multiple seasons because people fell in love with Cleaver Greene. He’s one of the most brilliantly written characters on Australian television: he’s bad, he slept with everyone, he was self-destructive, he was brilliant, and he was mercurial,” Blight says. “Then I wondered what would happen if he was a woman? What would it mean if Cleaver Greene was Sheila Greene?”
Showrunners: Robyn Butler & Wayne Hope (The Librarians, Upper Middle Bogan, Little Lunch)
As played by John Wood, Michael Rafferty was an unconventional magistrate whose suburban courtroom was a crossroads location where different people and issues passed through weekly for five seasons on Seven between 1987 and 1991. It’s a setting that attracted the writing, producing, and performing team of Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope.
“What was interesting was that they seemed to do a lot of social issues. One we saw on YouTube was about domestic violence, which has been a hard conversation to depict even these last five years,” Butler says. “It was really progressive, so we wanted to lean into the idea of exploring social issues and combine it with humour, which is really our wheelhouse.”
In these strange pandemic days, crippled businesses around the country have been clamouring for government assistance. Among them is the film and TV industry, which has been severely affected with numerous productions either shut down indefinitely or cancelled. Their casts and crews, many of whom are self-employed, have been out of work and ineligible for benefits, reports The Age’s Debi Enker.
In recent weeks, the federal government has responded to pleas for support by pledging $400 million to attract big-budget international film productions to Australia. And rather than offering additional support to our national broadcaster, the ABC, it’s donated $10 million to Foxtel to help it showcase women’s, niche and under-represented sports. In 2018, Foxtel was gifted $30 million as part of the same initiative.
As the debate continues about the best ways to assist the industry, and in the midst of a government review that could reduce the amount of local drama and children’s content that appears on our screens, it’s worth noting that there is a way for the government to support the industry and generate much-needed investment without having to spend a cent. It involves legislative controls.
The existing quota system requires the free-TV networks and the pay-TV providers – but not the ABC, SBS or the SVOD services – to produce a minimum amount of local content each year. The regulations currently mandate that, each year, the commercial broadcasters show 260 hours of children’s programs and 130 hours of preschool programs, 250 hours of first-release local drama and 24 hours of children’s drama. A crazy loophole allows New Zealand productions screened here to be included in these tallies.
Channel 10 has responded to Bachelor in Paradise star Jamie Doran‘s announcement on Wednesday that he intends to sue the network and Warner Bros, report Chloe-Lee Longhetti and Jo Scrimshire from Daily Mail Australia.
A spokesperson dismissed the legal threat in a brief statement, saying that Jamie had not in fact engaged lawyers to act on his behalf against the broadcaster and production company.
‘Network 10 has not received any papers regarding this claim,’ a spokesperson said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Jamie, 40, had claimed on Instagram that he was taking legal action over his negative portrayal on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.
‘This is not the news I wanted to post, but I feel I owe this to at least my family, friends, and also fans of The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise,’ his post began.
He continued: ‘After lengthy consideration, I’ve decided to begin legal proceedings against Network 10 and Warner Bros. Australia.
‘I’m not going to comment on this any further for the time being and would appreciate it if people would respect my privacy.’