Next Top Model
Murdoch to host Foxtel's
Australia's Next Top Model - October 2008
Release: Friday, October 1, 2010
AUSTRALIAS NEXT TOP MODEL PRODUCERS / BROADCASTER
ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR BROADCAST ERROR
FOXTEL and production company Granada have concluded
a thorough internal investigation following the broadcast
of the final episode this week of Australias
Next Top Model. Both have accepted full responsibility
for the fault which resulted in the wrong name of
the winner being announced live to air. It has been
confirmed that it was human error, and not a technical
glitch, which caused the incident.
Brian Walsh, Executive Director of Television, said
It was important that FOXTEL, as broadcaster,
and Granada, as the series producer, conducted our
own review of Tuesday nights events. In doing
so, we have confirmed that the fault was a human communications
error to the host Sarah Murdoch and that an assumption
had been made by the producer which has now shown
to be incorrect.
Live television can be unpredictable and people
can be forgiven for making a mistake. What isnt
acceptable, though, is any suggestion that the host,
Sarah Murdoch, was at fault or that this was a publicity
stunt. Nothing could be further from the truth and
we apologise to Sarah for any embarrassment it, and
the subsequent publicity, has caused her, he
said. We have also expressed our apologies to
the two contestants, Amanda Ware and Kelsey Martinovich.
Leonie Lowe, Managing Director of Granada Productions,
said We have identified where and how the error
occurred and spoken at length with those responsible.
They have conceded the mistake and have personally
expressed their apology to Sarah.
Both Granada and FOXTEL would like to express
their thanks to Sarah for a marvellous job this season.
She has gone beyond the call of duty, having gone
back to work on the show just three weeks after having
given birth to her daughter, Aerin. The shows
finale was a flawless piece of television up until
that last moment when one producer simply got it wrong.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and
its disappointing that this communications error
should overshadow what has been a wonderful series,
Next Top Model is an Australian reality television
show based on the American program of the same
name which is broadcast on the Australian subscription
television channel FOX8, carried by Foxtel, Optus
Television, and Austar. It began airing in the
United States in March 2007 on VH1. Three seasons
have already gone to air, and fourth series auditions
are complete and the season's production has begun.
hosted by model/presenter Erika Heynatz, and currently
hosted by Jodhi Meares, the show is based on the
American version which was created and co-produced
by supermodel Tyra Banks. The Australian version
has been produced by Granada Productions, who
have been behind other Australian television shows
including the top rating Dancing with the Stars.
nine weeks on air, the first series of Australia's
Next Top Model charted the transformation of ten
hopefuls chosen from a nationwide search in August
2004. The brief was to find raw talent to be transformed
from good looking girls-next-door into potential
top models and follow them as they navigated their
way through weekly modelling assignments and tasks.
10 finalists spent two months living together
in a penthouse in the exclusive Sydney suburb
of Darling Point while filming the series in late
2004. Aside from the stress of learning the ropes
of the business, the finalists had to deal with
the ups and downs of "model house" life
including tears, tantrums, accusations of fake
breasts and allegations of theft.
girls are put through challenges to test how well
they can perform certain tasks significant to
the modeling to see if they can incorporate what
they have learned into a good shot, and the drama
that comes with all the perks and privileges being
shared between 10 lovely ladies.
each episode, a panel of judges fronted by Heynetz
/ Meares and leading Australian fashion designer
and former model booker Alex Perry, assessed task
performance and potential. After each critique,
one girl was let go home.
season one, Blair McDonough, a housemate from
first season of Big Brother and actor on Neighbours,
made a guest appearance during an acting challenge.
In season two, Beau Brady from Home and Away,
posed in disguise as a photographer to test the
girls' ability to handle the media.
a breach of contract with Heynatz's appearance
on the Channel Seven series It Takes Two, she
was replaced as host by Jodhi Meares.
show has won a Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice
and photographer Jez Smith, left the show prior
to the beginning of season four, leaving producers
of Top Model to quickly find a replacement photographer
judge. It is believed that bad relations between
fellow judges Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry
lead to the decision. (Credit:
Next Top Model
Murdoch joins FOXTEL
a major television coup, FOXTEL has secured Sarah
Murdoch to host and co-executive produce the most
successful series on subscription television –
Australia’s Next Top Model.
part of the multi-year landmark deal, Sarah’s
production company, Room 329, will also produce
a series of documentaries for the FOXTEL Owned
and Operated Factual Channels Group.
Director of Television and Marketing, Brian Walsh,
said: “To say we’re thrilled to welcome
Sarah to the FOXTEL family is an understatement.
Her endorsement of Australia’s Next Top
Model takes the series to a whole new level and
confirms its status as the marquee entertainment
program on subscription television.
only does Sarah have the experience and gravitas
as a top model, she is a proven television performer.
Her natural warmth both and on and off screen
is a perfect fit for our number one franchise.
in her role as co-executive producer, Sarah’s
extensive experience in the modelling world will
continue to push the series to new heights.
I’m confident that Sarah’s interest
and passion for documentary filmmaking will deliver
some impressive original content for our subscribers.
have discussed a range of subjects that Sarah
will explore, and the programs will capture Australians
from all walks of life telling their stories of
compassion, courage and commitment. This will
show another side to Sarah’s impressive
credentials,” Walsh said.
said: “I am thrilled to be joining FOXTEL
for these exciting new projects. FOXTEL has proven
its dominance in television programming and I
am very much looking forward to working with the
Australia’s Next Top Model I look forward
to being involved on all levels and bringing the
experience I have had in the industry to nurture
and guide the next generation. Over the years
I’ve seen good and bad and I hope to explore
both in the series by hosting and co-executive
producing the show with Granada.
addition, having the opportunity for my company,
Room 329 Productions, to produce a series of documentaries
on subjects close to my heart is a wonderful opportunity
and I can’t wait.“
will commence her new role tomorrow (Monday, October
13) when she launches the Australia’s Next
Top Model audition tour at Westfield Parramatta
and on Tuesday (October 14), at Westfield Chatswood.
Productions have produced the first four series
of Australia’s Next Top Model for FOXTEL
and this very successful partnership continues
with series five which will premiere on FOX8 in
information on the audition tour is available
at the FOX8 website – www.FOX8.tv/antm
October 25, 2007
IS AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL?
Audition Tour Begins
FOXTEL search is about to begin for AUSTRALIA'S
NEXT TOP MODEL, with a nationwide audition tour
starting on October 31 to select the finalists
who will star in the fourth series of the exclusive
FOX8 hit reality program.
by Jodhi Meares, AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL follows
the transformation of young women into potential
supermodels as they are initiated into the high-stakes
world of modelling.
will be held from October 31, beginning on the
Gold Coast and then onto Sydney, Perth, Melbourne
who think they've got what it takes can simply
turn up on the day of auditions and strut their
stuff in front of the judges.
must be Australian females aged between 16 and
27 and over 170cm tall.
years winner Alice Burdeu, graced the cover of
VOGUE and has since been signed to New York's
Elite Model Management, who also represent Nelly
Furtado, Carmen Electra and hot new face Coco
the nationwide audition process, 13 finalists
will be chosen to live together in the top model
house and star in the next series of AUSTRALIA'S
NEXT TOP MODEL, premiering on FOX8 in early 2008.
will be held in David Jones stores around the
country on the following dates:
October 31: 10am-2pm
Jones Robina Town Centre
– Level 3
November 1: 10am-2pm
Jones Elizabeth Street
Park Terrace – Level 7
Castlereagh St, Sydney
November 2: 10am-2pm
Jones Warringah Mall
- Level 1
Rd and Cross St, Brookvale
November 5: 10am-2pm
Jones Hay St
- Level 4
Hay St, Perth
November 13: 10am-2pm
Jones Bourke St Mall
Gallery - Level 3
Bourke St, Melbourne
November 14: 10am-2pm
Air – Level 1
November 15: 10am-2pm
Hotel – Level 2
Rundle Mall, Adelaide
information visit www.FOX8.tv/antm
9813 7397 / 0400 457 398
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