Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by Na on Feb 06, 2014
Hmmm, my stats must be old. ACMA says free-to-air must have 55% local programming between 6am and midnight.
http://www.acma.gov.au/Industry/Broadcast/Television/Australian-content/australian-content-television

I didn't look closely but I assume this means that cable channels don't have to follow the same quotas. Which just makes my point about local ghost shows in exchange for a puppet show for me
Their stats page is interesting.

And the ABC reports that over half of local programming is.... news.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-18/majority-of-locally-made-australian-television-content-is-news/4763810
Shocking, I know.  

And this is worth reading:
http://if.com.au/2013/03/26/article/AWG-slams-new-Australian-content-quota-bill/GHSWCJHWLV.html
The Australian Writers Guild suggests that the large quota can actually just be covered by programming repeats across digital channels. (That explains 'Sons and Daughters'  \ )
Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by aaronTV on Feb 06, 2014
I was on the same site to brush up on my knowledge. Here it states:

Subscription television (ie Pay TV) drama channels are also regulated by a compulsory standard requiring expenditure on minimum amounts of Australian drama programs.
So from my understanding of it, they are still obligated to Australian programming, it just seems that it's determined my a monetary value rather than a percentage of screentime. So sorry, the local ghost show has to stay. And talking about ghost hunters, I have a friend that does paranormal stuff on community radio. I listened to it once... for about 3 minutes. It was pretty boring.

I think biggest problem with Australian TV drama is that it has to be culturally Australian to get government funding, which makes is so much harder to make a science fiction TV drama and locks a lot Australian programs into historical events or (in)famous figures, such as, Underbelly, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and that new Michelle Corby drama.

Looking back on what I just wrote I see that we're really offtopic! We should start our own Australian puppetry show.
Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by Na on Mar 03, 2014
Yes, of course. Reality TV = cheap TV, and producing new local shows costs more than buying ready-made overseas stuff. I haven't heard of the 'culturally Australian' requirement, but even if that were true there's certainly plenty of stuff they could still do without having it be Blue Heelers or Neighbours or whatever. The problem is two-fold: nobody watches Australian-made TV so nobody produces it; nobody produces it because nobody watches it. To break the cycle you've first got to get the bean counters away from the beans

But yeah... off topic...
Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by Puppeteer_Elly on Mar 20, 2014
Seattle watching party:

Jim Henson Creature Challenge Watching Party

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

6 Puppet People Went

We are going to get together to watch: http://www.syfy.com/creatureshop Which we think should be showing at 7pm Pacific Time - hard to tell...Kelli has satellite so we should be able to get it at that time. Watch this event for any changes if we get different information. Everyone is hoping to be able to follow along and make some awesome creatur...

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Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by Shawn on Mar 21, 2014
I have got to get this programed in to the DVR so I don't miss it. 

Is it just me or do the commercials for this use CGI?  At least the early promos I saw for it, I could swear where CGI. It was kind of disappointing. Still looking forward to seeing it though.
Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by Na on Mar 21, 2014
Damn, still nothing locally. Although I see I've missed Syfy Aus doing Doctor Who merchandise giveaways... double damn!
Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by The Puppet Workshop on Mar 26, 2014
So what did everyone think?
Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by Puppeteer_Elly on Mar 26, 2014
Seattle watching party report:
Loved the back of the winning creature.  We all wanted more focus on the materials used.  
Everyone agreed it's definitely fun to watch unlimited spending puppet building.  Drool might have happened over the huge stack of L200 foam they had there.
More than a little eye rolling happened over the drams they focused way too much on...also we discussed if it was real or not.  It seemed realistic but...
We decided to hold another watch party next week.

Jim Henson Creature Challenge Watching Party, ep. 2

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

4 Puppet People Went

Well we enjoyed it! So we are going to get together to watch more of it: http://www.syfy.com/creatureshop

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Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by Shawn on Mar 26, 2014
I can't believe I missed it! I have it set in the DVR now so hopefully it'll catch the pilot.... or I'll pull it up on demand.
Re: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET Posted by TygerMin on Mar 26, 2014
I don't have SyFy, so about to watch it online:

http://www.syfy.com/now/jim-hensons-creature-shop-challenge/full-episode/what-lies-beneath/206304835705
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