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The Sydney Morning Herald

Switched on

Date: 14/10/2002
Words: 406
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: The Guide
Page: 2
Stiff competition

Three documentaries about the Australian stage show Puppetry of the Penis are on the market at the annual MIPCOM TV sales conference in Cannes, France. Canadian-based distributor Chum Television owns the rights to all three. One, titled Tackle Happy, was filmed during the show's first Australian tour in 1999 and was directed by Mick Molloy. The other two are Live at the Forum and Cockstars, both made last year and directed by Mick De Montignie.

Mott re-signs with Ten

Channel Ten's director of programming, David Mott, has signed a new four-year deal with the network, according

to sources. Ten was understandably keen to retain Mott's services as he has implemented some of the network's most successful programming strategies in recent years. He purchased and programmed Everybody Loves Raymond, as well as acquiring the Australian rights to Big Brother and The Osbournes. He also commissioned Ten's retro-TV specials, beginning with Young Talent Time Revisited.

Mott is in Cannes for the MIPCOM conference and was unavailable for comment. A Ten spokeswoman declined to confirm whether contracts had been exchanged.

Home & Away's little secret

The Seven Network has signed a deal with Universal Home Entertainment to release a non-broadcast episode of Home and Away, titled Secrets of the City. The October 25 video release is designed to coincide with a "major storyline" involving the Sutherland family, whose son Rhys (Michael Beckley, pictured) leaves Summer Bay for the city.

The special-edition video will contain two regular episodes plus Secrets of the City, which will not be broadcast by Seven. It will also contain behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and a music video.

AFI telecast in the balance

Talks between Ten and the AFI over the telecast of the annual film and television awards are continuing, but a decision is unlikely to be reached for several weeks, as most of the network's senior executives are away at the MIPCOM sales conference.

The awards have previously been telecast by the ABC, SBS and Seven, but are considered too boring and marginal to achieve any real commercial success as a television "event". It is understood Ten would like to streamline some aspects of the proceedings.

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