Roundup: Ten wavers on Mildura, child-safety rules, The Bear breaks records

Roundup: Ten wavers on Mildura, Child-safety rules, The Bear breaks records

Bids for Paramount, Paramount BET assets, Google Sandbox, Fox Corp launches Tubi, Imagine Entertainment, Mastermind marks 500, ‘The Dispatcher’ adaptation, Eddie Murphy returns.

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Ten wavers on turning off broadcast across swathe of WA

The Albanese government has thrown a last-minute lifeline to keep Network Ten on air for 500,000 people in Western Australia, after a joint venture between Seven West Media and WIN Corporation came within days of turning off the signal, reports Nine Publishing’s Sam Buckingham-Jones.

In May, Seven and WIN announced they would shut down a loss-making broadcast signal airing in Mildura, in north-western Victoria. The company, Mildura Digital Television, broadcast the Ten signal to an area the size of Belgium – an audience of about 70,000 people – and was “unable to justify” the expense.

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Australia gives internet firms 6 months to draft online child-safety rules

Australia is giving the internet industry six months to come up with an enforceable code detailing how it will stop children seeing pornography and other inappropriate material online or face having a code imposed on it, a regulator said on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

The eSafety Commissioner said it wrote to members of the online industry demanding a plan by Oct. 3 setting out how they plan to protect minors from seeing high-impact material before they are ready, also including themes of suicide and eating disorders.


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Barry Diller explores bid to take control of Paramount

The billionaire Barry Diller is exploring a bid to take control of Paramount, the parent company of CBS, MTV and Nickelodeon, according to four people with knowledge of the matter, according to The New York TimesLauren Hirsch and Benjamin Mullin.

Diller’s digital-media conglomerate, IAC, has signed nondisclosure agreements with National Amusements, Paramount’s controlling shareholder, the people said. Nondisclosure agreements are a key step in deal making, allowing both sides to exchange confidential information.

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Paramount renews talks to sell BET assets

After several stops and starts, Paramount Global appears to be renewing its effort to sell off its BET Media Group assets, reports The Hollywood Reporter‘s Erik Hayden.

The Shari Redstone-controlled media company is in talks with CC Capital chief Chinh Chu, whose private equity firm is backing BET president Scott Mills in a bid for the BET assets, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. A rep for Paramount declined to comment and CC Capital did not reply for comment.

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Google Sandbox rollout could cost publishers 60% of online advertising revenue

Privacy Sandbox, Google’s upcoming replacement for third-party cookies, will reduce publishers’ revenue from programmatically-sold online ads by 60%, according to new research from advertising platform Criteo, reports Press Gazette‘s Jim Edwards.

Meanwhile, trade group the IAB Tech Lab has warned Sandbox would “throttle” smaller news publishers and restrict the media industry’s growth.

A spokesperson for Google said it was too early to judge the system.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp launches Netflix rival Tubi in UK

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corporation has launched its ad-supported streaming service, Tubi, in the UK, reports The Guardian‘s Jamie Grierson.

The platform will compete with services such as Netflix, Disney+, ITVX and Channel 4’s streaming platform as well as BBC iPlayer.

Fox says the service will launch with more than 20,000 films and TV episodes on-demand, featuring content from Disney, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Entertainment, in addition to its own originals.

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Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment Seeks Buyer

Imagine Entertainment, the Hollywood production company known for the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind and hits such as The Da Vinci Code, is exploring a sale, reports The Wall Street Journal‘s Sarah Krouse and Jessica Toonkel.

The company, led by director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer, is working with an investment bank to help find a buyer after receiving some inbound interest from a potential suitor, according to people familiar with the matter.  

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‘The Bear’ Season 3 hits 5.4 million views in four days, Hulu’s biggest scripted TV premiere ever

The Season 3 premiere of The Bear reached 5.4 million views in its first four days of streaming, according to Disney, reports Variety Australia‘s Selome Hailu.

That marks not only the best performance ever for an FX premiere on Hulu, but the most-watched season premiere for any scripted series on Hulu. With unscripted series included, The Bear Season 3 is Hulu’s third-biggest season premiere of all time. (Note: a view is calculated by dividing the total time a title was watched by its runtime.)

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Mastermind marks 500th episode

Mastermind celebrates its 500th episode for SBS on Thursday, reports TV Tonight‘s David Knox.

Mastermind was first shown in the UK in 1972 and an Australian version first screened on ABC from 1978 to 1984 hosted by Huw Evans.

SBS revived the series in 2019, produced by BBC Studios Productions Australia, and hosted by Jennifer Byrne. Marc Fennell became host from Season 3.

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‘Colin From Accounts’ star Patrick Brammall to lead Apple TV+ series adaptation of ‘The Dispatcher’

Patrick Brammall is set to lead a series adaptation of the Ryan David Jahn novel The Dispatcher at Apple TV+, reports Variety‘s Joe Otterson.

Apple has given the series a six-episode order. It will be set in Australia.

The official description for the series states, “Police detective Ian Hunt’s (Brammall) life fell apart ten years ago when his young daughter Maggie disappeared without a trace. Now working as a police dispatcher, the only thing that has kept him going is his implacable refusal to accept that she might be gone forever. When he receives a distress call from a young girl he is certain is Maggie, he will stop at nothing to find her and reunite his broken family, whatever the cost.”

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Eddie Murphy’s ‘every man’ hero returns in ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ sequel

After more than a decade of superheroes saving the world on the movie screen, Eddie Murphy is bringing back the character he describes as “every man”, reports ReutersRollo Ross.

 Murphy returns as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, a new installment in the action comedy franchise that debuted 40 years ago in 1984. The movie lands on Netflix on Wednesday.

“For 10-15 years, everything was CG (computer-generated), big visual effects and superheroes and people saving the day wearing capes and tight suits,” Murphy said in an interview.

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