Production company Fremantle, a market leader in scripted and unscripted content, has had unprecedented success at today’s TV Week Logie Awards Nominations event on the Gold Coast with 19 nominations announced. Its two flagship dramas Neighbours and Wentworth have scored a thrilling twelve nominations between them, with telemovie Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You also picking up a nomination.
Easy Tiger, a Fremantle company, also received a stellar six nominations. This takes the Fremantle family’s tally to a total of 19 nominations.
Acclaimed actress Eve Morey, who played Sonya Rebecchi in Neighbours for over a decade, has scored a highly-coveted TV Week Gold Logie nomination for most popular personality on Australian television, as well as a nomination for Most Popular Actress. Her long-time co-star and on-screen husband Ryan Moloney (Toadie Rebecchi), a veteran of the nightly soap for 24 years, is in the running for Most Popular Actor – his first nomination.
Neighbours, now it’s 35th year, and Wentworth for its sixth season have both been nominated for Most Popular Drama and Most Outstanding Drama. It’s a unique accolade to be acknowledged in this way by both audience and industry peers. Wentworth created history in 2018 by being the first drama to take home both the Most Popular and Most Outstanding Drama awards.
Wentworth has dominated the Most Outstanding individual nominations with four cast members being recognised for their powerful work– Leah Purcell, Lead Actress; Robbie Magasiva, Lead Actor; Celia Ireland, Supporting Actress and Bernard Curry, Supporting Actor.
Neighbours’ rising star Bonnie Anderson has followed in the footsteps of many of today’s local and international stars who have launched their careers on Ramsay Street with a Most Popular New Talent nomination.
Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, the inspiring biopic honouring legendary Australian performer ONJ for Channel Seven, has been nominated in Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific, Fremantle, said: “We are all incredibly proud of the success of our drama productions. The Neighbours team have worked tirelessly to elevate our iconic show and after nearly 35 years on air it is phenomenal to be having this impact. Wentworth is brave, confronting story-telling performed by an exceptional cast. Its success globally demonstrates the power Australian stories can have on the world stage. ONJ is a fitting tribute to an Aussie legend.”
Jason Herbison, Executive Producer, Neighbours, Fremantle, said: “I am thrilled and humbled by the nominations Neighbours has received at this year’s Logies, led by the amazing Eve Morey for Gold. The response to Sonya’s cancer journey was incredible and I’m proud that Eve, Ryan and the show have been honoured for such an important storyline. Bonnie Anderson’s nod is also well deserved. I am particularly proud that our beloved show has been nominated for Most Outstanding Drama. As we approach our 35th anniversary, this is wonderful validation for the cast and crew and we thank the readers of TV Week, our industry peers and all at Network TEN for their incredible support.”
Jo Porter, Director of Scripted, Executive Producer Wentworth & ONJ, Fremantle, said: “Such fabulous news today with these six nominations for Wentworth. I know how much this recognition will mean to series producer Pino Amenta, script producer Marcia Gardiner, writers, directors and the entire cast and production team, many of who have been with the series for the entire seven seasons. It’s gratifying to see their work acknowledged by their peers like this and importantly, also supported by our magnificent loyal fans who motivate us all to strive and outdo ourselves each season. Of course, this is only possible thanks to our dear friends at Foxtel. It’s interesting to see in the individual cast nominations there is an even split between prisoners and officers – battle lines are drawn!
“Of course, I am also thrilled to see ONJ acknowledged in the Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie category. Full credit to the passion and hardwork of producer Margot McDonald, director Shawn Seet, the writers, crew and cast helmed by the amazing Delta Goodrem.”
Full list of Fremantle nominees:
- GOLD LOGIE – Eve Morey, Neighbours
- GOLD LOGIE – Rodger Corser, Doctor Doctor
- MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA – Neighbours
- MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA – Wentworth
- MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA – Doctor Doctor
- MOST OUTSTANDING MINI-SERIES/TELEMOVIE – Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You
- MOST POPULAR DRAMA – Neighbours
- MOST POPULAR DRAMA – Wentworth
- MOST POPULAR DRAMA – Doctor Doctor
- MOST POPULAR ACTRESS – Eve Morey, Neighbours
- MOST POPULAR ACTRESS – Marta Dusseldorp, Jack Irish
- MOST POPULAR ACTOR – Ryan Moloney, Neighbours
- MOST POPULAR ACTOR – Guy Pearce, Jack Irish
- MOST POPULAR ACTOR – Rodger Corser, Doctor Doctor
- MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS – Leah Purcell, Wentworth
- MOST OUSTANDING ACTOR – Robbie Magasiva, Wentworth
- MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Celia Ireland, Wentworth
- MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR – Bernard Curry, Wentworth
- MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT – Bonnie Anderson, Neighbours