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TV, Film, Media and Broadcasting

New Screen Australia Story Development Fund Guidelines: what you need to know

Screen Australia has released new guidelines for those interested in applying to its Screen Story Development Fund. Following two months of industry consultations, the changes are intended to create a more streamlined application process and support greater diversity of screen stories from a larger pool of content makers. Changes to the funding process Projects for...
Too sexy? Cheeky ad frowned upon by Advertising Standards Board
Last month, the Advertising Standards Board (‘the Board’) faced complaints about a couple of cheeky advertisements depicting men in their budgy smugglers. The first ad was promoting Bundaberg Rum and featured a close-up of a man in Speedos with the headline ‘No one does Prime Ministers like us and no one does Rum like us’,...
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What networks and production companies should learn from House of Hancock
In the wake of Channel Nine and CJZ’s apology to Gina Rinehart, production companies should be wary of the issues that landed these companies in hot water with the mining magnate. In this post, principal of DVM Law, Stephen Digby, explains the strategies required to avoid the same fate as TV series House of Hancock....
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Social influencers, brands and agencies: AANA announce update to advertising laws
Clearly Distinguishable Advertising: The AANA pronouncement and the legal impact on brands, agencies & social influencers. It is evident from a casual gaze through social pages or comms industry commentary that brands are increasingly turning to ‘social influencers’ to promote their products through online social channels, with the intent of influencing consumer purchasing decisions in...
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Google still searching for copyright safe harbour provision
In an environment where large technology companies strive to satisfy and prosper from consumers’ insatiable appetite for online media, companies like eBay and Google have been campaigning for the copyright safe harbour provision to be extended to their technology platforms. The copyright safe harbour provision currently protects internet service providers and Telcos like Telstra and...
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The Entertainment Industry Act – Last Instalment
In the last of our Blogs on the Entertainment Industry Act, we will look at whether the location of the performer, the manager or agent, or the venue where the performance takes place is relevant in determining the enforceability of your agreement. Whenever we sign legal agreements, there is always a particular location – whether...
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Spoiler alert
In 2003, Steve Carbon (‘Steve’), a blogger from Dallas, started a newsletter that leaked reports from the show the Bachelor and the Bachelorette that had not yet been aired, even revealing the finale of one of the show’s seasons.  After some triumphant spills reaching an audience of millions, RealitySteve.com was born and dedicated to spoiling...
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