Ep 253: Oprah is in Australia

koprala.jpgOkay. Really, all anybody has been talking about for the last two weeks, it seems, is how Oprah is in Australia and Julian Assange is not.

While we can’t bring you any information about Assange, you can bet that Nelly and Brett both have opinions, information and a whole world of words to say about that Oprah lady.

If you’re sick of hearing about Oprah‘s tour to Australia then we’ve got some other news and an I Don’t Buy It for you.

Come on a journey with us. We promise there’ll be fun and games and arguments and sighing.

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Also, if you’re wondering where we are on Facebook and Twitter, just click on those words back there.
A follow-up to last week’s German tv documentary news comes from Variety this week:

With broadcasters paying less and demanding more rights, it’s all the more necessary to secure film subsidy financing. But commissioning editors, needing product they can show immediately, are getting less involved in theatrical docs.

One commissioning editor acknowledges the dilemma, saying, “When you take the programs that are made for TV, you just get typical TV product. And that’s not what we want.”

Regional film subsidy funds like Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg remain supportive of theatrical docs, both in production and distribution, but competition for screens and a decline of programming strands makes the endgame difficult.

But industryites believe the fact that docs get screen time and are taken seriously, regardless of mass appeal, makes the fight worthwhile.

Whether AG Dokumentarfilm can shout loudly enough to change the situation remains to be seen.


  1. Variety does good coverage but their stupid fake words just piss me off. “Industryites”??!!!

  2. [This is, I guess, a spoiler if you don’t want to spoil the magic of how Mr Squiggle does his thing.]

    Mr Squiggle’s puppeteer doesn’t use strings to draw, he has a long stick which goes through Mr Squiggle’s hat and connects to his nose-pen. This is why you can never see the top of his hat. Also, the pictures often end up “upside down Miss Jane” because he’s looking down from above, although you probably worked that out for yourself.

    • Josh Kinal says:

      Thanks so much, DaveAA. I love that bit of info. Not a spoiler but actually a note on how ingenious Mr Squiggle was. A great show for kids can have us full of wonder right into adulthood.

  3. For anyone who doesn’t know Mr Squiggle;

  4. David Boxcutter says:

    It’s called Finish Quantum because it creates a Solace of You. It also alters the outcome by measuring it.

  5. F*ck Oprah.

  6. Adam D(oxcutter) says:

    Hey hey reportedly axed. This week’s quiz should be to guess who Daryl blames for the show’s failure.

  7. Adam D(oxcutter) says:

    (will blame, not blames)

  8. When Nelly mentioned Party Down being on the plane, my mind went to East Bound and Down. That would be good on a plane. No need for headphones though, the audio would be pretty chopped up.

  9. Adam D(oxcutter)
    3 Guesses, first 2 don’t count.
    I’m going to say… society for 200, Alex.

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