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Charmaine Dragun: 1978-2007

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I realise this news is now a week old, but I was only just reminded that I actually had footage to accompany it. Basically, if you haven’t heard, Charmaine Dragun, a 29 year old journalist and news anchor for Network Ten tragically committed suicide last week. Read more about her life, career and battle with depression here.

A public memorial will be held on Monday, and in lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to Beyond Blue.

The multichanneling continues: Ten HD

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Less than two weeks ago Channel Seven very softly launched Seven HD, their foray into commercial multichanneling. With Seven HD on air, Network Ten looks next to launch with their service, Ten HD, which is promising 50 hours of new programming a week (is that Friday Night Lights I see in the promo?).

The above promo for Ten HD, created by Jane Eakin and Motion Foundry is a light hearted introduction to the new channel, which goes some of the way to explain to the uninitiated what the new service is all about.

With the Seven HD logo taking some inspiration from BBC HD, its no surprise that the Ten HD logo has a whiff of the ABC America high definition logo in its design. I look forward to seeing how derivative the Nine HD logo will be.

– Thanks to Alex from Motion Foundry for the video.

The American Office re-relaunches in Australia.

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The American version of The Office is without a doubt, one of the best sitcoms around. It is one month from today until the fourth season starts in the US, but tonight on Ten, you can catch the beginning of season three, which may not make a lot of sense to the uninitiated since the second season ends on a cliffhanger.. but anyway.

Ten treated this show pretty horribly, pulling it from prime time when the pilot didn’t rate well, and then playing a bunch of episodes late on Sunday nights. Well now they’re giving it kind of a chance, playing it at 10:25pm tonight after Californication.

If you haven’t seen it before, the first two seasons are on DVD, and season three is all over the net, so like I said with Weeds on 9, do yourself a favour and watch it at your own leisure, because you know Ten is just going to end up pissing you off somehow.

New(ish) look Neighbours.

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Neighbours, the great Australian soap, got a revamp today. Ratings were dropping, and with the BBC not willing to pay £300m for an eight year contract I guess they decided it was time something was done.

The new look has a few new faces, loses a few old faces, will tone down the crazy storylines, and hopefully start to “look” a lot better now that its all being shot in HD.

The faces of Ten News.


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Motion Foundry continue their series of Channel Ten idents, this time forking off into the world of News. These are just as slick as the other Ten idents and stick with the “I believe..” concept. The black background actually feels more effective than the white backgrounds used in the other idents.

That said, I hardly ever watch Ten News, and doubt I would have seen these if it wasn’t for Alex at Motion Foundry, so thanks!

Sorry Ten, you’ve been Chaser’d.

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Ten’s new idents got a serving last night for their love of imported content.

Download last nights entire episode right now from the ABC here.

Thanks Motion Foundry, the new Ten idents.

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Thanks to Alex from Motion Foundry for sending me their latest creation, the new look, celebrity filled Channel Ten identity.

According to the press release the talent in these idents were shot in L.A., New York, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Using the stars of a networks shows in promos can be a risky thing, you don’t want it to look like a contractual chore, and I just can’t help wondering if shooting them “in character” was the best idea.

Channel 4 shot a brilliant series with talent stretching over heaps of their shows. But, instead of getting them to say the network slogan, or play in character, they just had them answer simple questions about life (favourite swear word, happiest moment) and the final product is a stunning and refreshing take on the use of celebrities in network promos.

I’ve always had a love/hate thing with Channel Ten, but as long as they keep feeding me Simpsons and Letterman I’ll be happy.

You had me at.. not available until 2008


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Apple announced the iPhone early yesterday morning Australian time, and like every other Mac toting 21-year-old I obviously want one. The only problem is it won’t be released here until 2008.

That didn’t stop SBS, Seven, Ten and Nine all covering the story in their evening bulletins (what, too good to plug an unreleased product ABC?). I’m unashamedly an Apple fan (heck I own shares), but I just can’t think of another company that makes this big of a positive splash (see videos) a year out from release.

Sun all day. Ten all night. BitTorrent in the afternoons?

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I remember when I used to really like Ten, not sure what happened, but here’s what they’re doing for summer.

The new Simpsons Movie trailer.

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You’ve probably already seen the teaser trailer, but last night in the States on Fox, and tonight on Channel Ten in Australia a new trailer for the Simpsons Movie was released.

Enjoy it here in all its watermarked glory.