John Farnham: Finding The Voice opened in Australian cinemas on Thursday, May 18th 2023.
The definitive theatrical documentary of John Farnham, Australia’s greatest singer. We follow his journey from the innocent suburbs of Melbourne to 60s pop fame, through incredible highs and lows, ultimately to record-breaking success as ‘Australia’s Voice’. It’s the story of a singer and a national audience finding and believing in each other. John Farnham was 38 years old when Whispering Jack was released. Nobody ever questioned that he could sing, but the journey to find his artistic voice and become Australia’s most trusted and beloved performer took half a lifetime. His album Whispering Jack is still the highest selling Australian album ever, and this documentary tracks the personal and public life that lead to Farnham becoming and remaining Australia’s greatest musical artist.
Beyond Entertainment and Custom Nuts form ‘Beyond Custom Nuts’ – a new partnership for producing cutting edge animated series
Beyond Entertainment, part of content powerhouse, Banijay, today announces it has entered into a new partnership with independent animation and creative studio, Custom Nuts. The partners have agreed a slate development deal to co-produce cutting-edge animated series for the international market, with the first three projects (Jock and Sunny, Shape & Shapers and Classical Chaos) launching this month at Kidscreen. Further developments will be added from the pipeline through 2023 and into future years.
Mind Games – The Experiment has global premiere on Amazon Prime Video
Beyond Productions, a Banijay company, is pleased to announce that its new feature documentary, Mind Games – The Experiment, will drop globally on Amazon Prime Video today, the 19th January. Narrated by Stephen Fry, Mind Games – The Experiment captures an international, ground-breaking study that follows sedentary and physically inactive gamers from across the globe to see if exercise can take their game to the next level by improving cognitive function, mental performance – and hopefully their global gaming rankings. In doing so, they are looking to definitively test an ancient Roman saying, “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano” – that a healthy body equals a healthy mind.
Facing Monsters rides wave of international success back to Australia in time to win big during awards season
Beyond West is delighted to share that Facing Monsters, its seminal feature documentary about Western Australian “slab wave” surfer Kerby Brown, has been a big winner at some of Australia’s most prestigious awards events in the past week. The film won two 2022 AACTAs – Best Cinematography in a Documentary and Best Sound in a Documentary – and picked up The Audio Network Award for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature from the Australian Screen Editors Guild and won a WA Screen Culture Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
BeyondTNC to put music docs on the map at MIPCOM
BeyondTNC, the specialist factual production company which specialises in developing and producing music documentary films and television series, marks its first official MIPCOM with the launch of a new feature doc, as well as a select slate of titles looking for distribution and co-production partners. Launching in Cannes, Right Here, Right Now (1 x 90), produced by BeyondTNC and BMG Films, captures the iconic, end of an era, free rave event in Brighton in 2002, where DJ Fatboy Slim made history performing to a quarter of a million people. Exhilarating archive and moving new interviews with Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) and a host of others, help revisit this landmark event, one that defined a generation. Right Here, Right Now is being distributed by fellow group company Beyond Rights.
Beyond Productions gears up for further growth with new SVP hire
Los Angeles, USA: Beyond Productions has appointed Joe Rivadeneira as SVP Development, Factual at its Los Angeles-based production operation. Joe Rivadeneira will advance Beyond’s longstanding reputation for factual programming including twelve seasons of MythBusters for Discovery, fourteen seasons of My Lottery Dream Home for HGTV, fourteen seasons of ID’s Deadly Women, The Invisibles for Nat Geo/Disney+, Motor MythBusters for MotorTrend, White Rabbit Project for Netflix, Curse of Akakor for Facebook Watch and a soon to be announced adventure series for Netflix.
New documentary series revisiting some of Australia’s most memorable concerts launches on ABC in May
Beyond Entertainment and Bloodlines Music are pleased to announce the live music documentary series Days Like These…with Diesel will premiere on ABC TV Plus (and ABC iView) at 8.30pm on Wednesday 4th May, with a new episode dropping weekly. The 12 episodes hosted and narrated by musician Mark Lizotte, aka ‘Diesel’, use a compelling mix of archival footage and new interviews to revisit some of Australia’s most seminal concerts and uncover the intriguing stories behind them.
Beyond Productions recruits Hamo Forsyth to its UK Team
Beyond Productions UK has appointed award-winning executive producer and showrunner Hamo Forsyth to the new role of creative director, factual. Forsyth will report into Beyond Productions’ president John Luscombe, and will work closely with Damon Pattison, also a creative director in the UK office, who focuses primarily on formatted entertainment and factual entertainment. Hamo, who joins Beyond Productions UK today, will be charged with leading the development of factual content for UK commissions but will also work with the development teams in the Australian and US offices on co-production opportunities.
Pooch Perfect Launches on BBC One in the UK
The British version of Pooch Perfect, hosted by Sheridan Smith OBE and produced by Beyond Productions UK, launched on BBC One on 7th January into the 8pm primetime slot. Press reviews and social media comment for the 8 x 60 dog grooming competition series proclaimed it a ‘joyous watch’ and ‘perfect viewing’ for these difficult times.
ABC Announces Season 1 Pickup of Pooch Perfect for the US
Award-wining actress Rebel Wilson announced today, 13th January, the ABC series pickup of Beyond Media Rights’ uniquely paw-some dog grooming competition Pooch Perfect, which she will host. Television personality Lisa Vanderpump, celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and veterinarian Dr Callie Harris serve as the trio of all-star judges. Each week on Pooch Perfect, teams will compete in two challenges: the Immunity Puppertunity challenge and the Ulti-mutt Challenge showdown. In these challenges, the teams face off in epic grooming transfurmations and showcase their incredible creations on the illustrious “dogwalk.” There will be one dramatic elimination every week up until the season finale, where the top three teams will compete for a giant cash prize and the coveted Pooch Perfect first place trophy.
Pooch Perfect US Premiere Date Announced
On 25th January, it was announced that Pooch Perfect, the ulti-mutt dog grooming competition series, will premiere on ABC on Tuesday March 30th. The eight-episode series will showcase 10 of the best dog groomers in the country, along with their assistants, competing in a series of paw-some themed challenges. Pooch Perfect is produced by Beyond Media Rights Limited. Elan Gale, Sonya Wilkes and Rebel Wilson serve as executive producers. Nicole Anthony, Mike Rosen, Carley Simpson and Matthew Silverberg serve as co-executive producers. ABC’s Pooch Perfect is based off of the Australian format.