Movie Extra gets active for Tropfest television first

19 February, 2009 by IF

[press release from Brilliant Logic]

The Movie Network has secured leading independent television production company, activeTV, to produce and provide broadcast services for the first ever live broadcast of Movie Extra Tropfest.


“As the world’s largest short film festival, the inaugural live broadcast of the iconic event is a milestone for the Australian film and television industries,” said Michael McKay, President of activeTV.

The four hour live television event will be broadcast from 7pm on Sunday 22nd February on Movie Network’s Movie Extra channel and will be hosted by comedians Adam Hills and Alan Brough, along with Movie Extra’s presenters Renee Brack and Alicia Malone.

Michael will oversee the broadcast with activeTV’s production head, Shauna Kane. Shona Van Lieshout will serve as Producer and Suzanne Radbone, as Production Manager.

The broadcast will be in the experienced hands of Director Simon Francis, whose work includes directing the spectacular Carols in the Domain television broadcast, which activeTV produces for the Seven Network

“The show will not only include all sixteen finalist movies, but interviews with Tropfest royalty including the 2006 festival winner, Rob Carlton and the festival’s founder John Polson,” added Michael.

“There will also be coverage of all the red carpet action, full event commentary and vox pops with the audience.”

“We’re very happy to have the experience of activeTV onboard for this inaugural telecast. We’re confident that Movie Extra Tropfest will become a significant television event,” said Peter Jenetsky – General Manager, Marketing & Content Strategy for The Movie Network.

“The live broadcast will be available to over two and half million Foxtel, Austar and Optus TV subscribers,” he added.

“The Movie Extra Tropfest live television event builds upon a successful association between
activeTV and Movie Extra, which is one that I am particularly proud of,” said Michael.