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Equity welcomes Convergence Review’s recognition of the importance of Australian content

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Actors Equity Australia welcomes the Convergence Review’s interim report findings, which recognise the importance of local content in a new media landscape.

The Interim Report of the Convergence Review Committee was released yesterday following a six month review process. It recommended that all Content Service Enterprises – a new term to describe those businesses delivering audiovisual material to Australians – be subject to Australian content requirements.

“We wholeheartedly support the application of Australian content rules to all Content Service Enterprises – be it through an expenditure requirement or content fund. However, it is critical that the expenditure requirement percentage be set at a level that ensures higher levels of Australian content.” said Equity director, Simon Whipp.

Free yoga for NSW Equity members

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A yoga class will be held every Monday from 4.45pm – 5.45pm at House of Yoga, 245 Chalmers Street, Redfern, in the same building as the Equity and Alliance headquarters. The class is free of charge for financial members of Actors Equity.  

To register please email comms@alliance.org.au  

Please bring your own yoga mat, or you can hire one for $2.

Equity welcomes release of Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr

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Actors Equity welcomes reports Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr has been released from jail.

Earlier this month Ms Vafamehr was sentenced to 90 lashes and one year in jail for her role in feature film My Tehran For Sale.

Ms Vafamehr has reportedly had her sentence reduced to three months and will not receive any form of corporal punishment. As Ms Vafamehr has already served four months in jail she has now been released.

Maggie Dence honoured with 2011 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award

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Maggie Dence

Australian actress Maggie Dence has brought to life some of the country’s most memorable television characters in a career spanning more than four decades, including Rose Sullivan and Mavis Bramston.

It was Maggie’s extensive stage and screen credits, as well as her commitment to the Actors Benevolent Fund, that inspired Australian performers to award Maggie this year’s Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by FOXTEL.

Actors Equity president, Simon Burke said; “Maggie has delighted both audiences and fellow performers over many decades creating unforgettable characters in Australian television series such as Rose Sullivan in The Sullivans, Merle Bulpitt in Kingswood Country, Dorothy Burke in Neighbours, Bev Baker in Prisoner  and the legendary Mavis Bramston in The Mavis Bramston Show.

World class performances for regional and remote Australia

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Federal Arts Minister, Simon Crean, has announced $3.6 million in government funding for 21 performing arts companies to tour regional and remote Australia in 2012 and 2013.

The program will enable 21 performing arts companies – including Bangarra Dance Theatre, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Ballet – to make 1,500 performances at more than 600 venues around Australia.

Mr Crean said that this program ensures more Australians will have access to top tier productions throughout the country.

"The tours also play an important role in stimulating the cultural and economic life of regional communities. The productions help generate business for arts venues and create new audiences for existing productions," Mr Crean said.

Ellen Adamcewicz

Tasmania Theatre Company suffers a budget blow

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The Tasmanian Government has announced that it will cut all funding to the Tasmanian Theatre Company (TTC) next year.

Artistic Director Charles Parkinson said this decision will have wide ranging ramifications both for Tasmanian artists and the Tasmanian community.

“In 2010-11 we employed 76 artists and performed to over 10,000 people which clearly demonstrates a high level of interest and enthusiasm for our productions,” said Mr Parkinson

Equity has written to the Premier of Tasmania, Lara Giddings, urging her to reconsider cutting of all funds to the Tasmanian Theatre Company.

Ellen Adamcewicz

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