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05 April 2011

TV Week Logies At Crown Casino Again: Nominations, by Greg Tingle - 5th April 2011

G'day punters, casino and gambling millionaires and billionaires, entertainment news junkies, one and all. The TV Week Logie Awards are coming up again in Australia. Nominations have been made and James Packer's Crown Casino in Melbourne has been chosen as the venue once again. Fancy that! Media Man and Gambling911 check the ballot box and walk the floor at Crown Casino with this special report...

2011 TV Week Logie Award Nominations...

Packed To The Rafters has performed brilliantly in the 2011 TV Week Logie Award nominations for another year, with the awesome cast scoring a collective 13 nominations and the show nominated for Most Popular Drama Series.

We also learn that Big Brother star and The Circle host Chrissie Swan has received four nominations including one for the gold Logie.

And, reader fav, Underbelly, has a total of four nominations, thanks mainly to actor Firass Dirani, who plays Sydney based nightclub owner and entrepreneur, John Ibrahim.

The 2011 TV Week Logie Awards will be held at Melbourne's Crown Casino on May 1st.

And the nominations are:

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE – Most Popular Personality on Television
Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks, ABC1)
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Chrissie Swan (The Circle, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Karl Stefanovic (Today, Nine Network)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Popular Actor
Callan Mulvey (Rush, Network Ten)
Don Hany (Offspring, Network Ten / Tangle, Foxtel [Showcase])
Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Michael Caton (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Popular Actress
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Jessica Marais (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Margot Robbie (Neighbours, Network Ten)
Rebecca Gibney (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Zoe Ventoura (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Popular Presenter
Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks, ABC1)
Chrissie Swan (The Circle, Network Ten)
Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy 'Specials', Network Ten)
Karl Stefanovic (Today, Nine Network)
Shaun Micallef (Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation, Network Ten)

Charles Cottier (Home And Away, Channel Seven)
Eddie Perfect (Offspring, Network Ten)
Firass Dirani (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Manu Feildel (My Kitchen Rules, Channel Seven)
Ryan Corr (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)

Chrissie Swan (The Circle, Network Ten)
Emma Booth (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Hannah Marshall (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Julie Goodwin (Home Cooked! With Julie Goodwin, Nine Network)
Poh Ling Yeow (Poh's Kitchen, ABC1)

Home And Away (Channel Seven)
Neighbours (Network Ten)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Rush (Network Ten)
Underbelly: The Golden Mile (Nine Network)

Good News Week (Network Ten)
Hey Hey It's Saturday (Nine Network)
Sunrise (Channel Seven)
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (Network Ten)
The Circle (Network Ten)

Better Homes And Gardens (Channel Seven)
Domestic Blitz (Nine Network)
Getaway (Nine Network)
Grand Designs Australia (Foxtel [The Lifestyle Channel])
Ready Steady Cook (Network Ten)

Before The Game (Network Ten)
The Footy Show (AFL) (Nine Network)
The Footy Show (NRL) (Nine Network)
The Matty Johns Show (Channel Seven)
Wide World Of Sports (Nine Network)

Dancing With The Stars (Channel Seven)
MasterChef Australia (Network Ten)
The Biggest Loser Australia (Network Ten)
The Farmer Wants A Wife (Nine Network)
The X Factor (Channel Seven)

Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Bondi Vet (Network Ten)
RPA (Nine Network)
Undercover Boss Australia (Network Ten)
Who Do You Think You Are? (SBS)

Most Outstanding Nominees

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie
Hawke (Network Ten)
Packed To The Rafters (Channel Seven)
Rake (ABC1)
Rush (Network Ten)
Sisters Of War (ABC1)
Underbelly: The Golden Mile (Nine Network)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Outstanding Actor
Erik Thomson (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Jason Gann (Wilfred, SBS)
Richard Roxburgh (Hawke, Network Ten)
Richard Roxburgh (Rake, ABC1)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE -- Most Outstanding Actress
Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Catherine McClements (Rush, Network Ten)
Claire van der Boom (Sisters Of War, ABC1)
Justine Clarke (Tangle, Foxtel [Showcase])
Kat Stewart (Offspring, Network Ten)

Emma Booth (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Firass Dirani (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Nine Network)
Richard Davies (Offspring, Network Ten)
Ryan Corr (Packed To The Rafters, Channel Seven)
Sarah Snook (Sisters Of War, ABC1)

"Afghanistan Rocket Attack" (Ten News)
"Election 2010" (Sky News)
"Laurie Oakes Election Leaks" (Nine News)
"New Zealand Mine Disaster" (Seven News)
"Pakistan Floods" (ABC News)

"Brothers In Arms" (Sunday Night, Channel Seven)
"Hey Dad..! Scandal" (A Current Affair, Nine Network)
"Iraq's Deadly Legacy" (Dateline, SBS)
"Smugglers' Paradise" (Four Corners, ABC1)
"The Condemned" (Dateline, SBS)

Hamish & Andy's Caravan of Courage: Great Britain & Ireland (Network Ten)
Luke Nguyen's Vietnam (SBS)
Spicks And Specks (ABC1)
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (Network Ten)
Yes We Canberra! (ABC1)

2010 AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
2010 Melbourne Cup (Channel Seven)
Rugby League - 2010 State Of Origin - Game One (Nine Network)
The Ashes 2010 First Test - Day One at the Gabba (Nine Network)
XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (Foxtel)

Camp Orange: Castle Mountain (Foxtel [Nickelodeon])
Dance Academy (ABC3)
Dead Gorgeous (ABC3)
Hi-5 (Nine Network)
Prank Patrol (ABC3)

Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
Miracle in the Storm (ABC1)
RPA (Nine Network)
Such Is Life: The Troubled Times Of Ben Cousins (Channel Seven)
Trishna & Krishna: The Quest For Separate Lives (Channel Seven)

Shane Bourne To Host Logie Awards...

TV actor Shane Bourne will host the 2011 Logie Awards. In a statement announcing who would be the host, TV Week said Bourne "promises to deliver what he does best" at the 53rd Annual Logie Awards on May 1 at Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex. "I am genuinely thrilled to be involved in TV's night of nights," Bourne said. "It's an honour to be following in the footsteps of such television luminaries as Bert Newton et al - and the timing couldn't be better. "I've always enjoyed myself immensely at the Logies, and since the chances of a nomination coming my way this year look pretty slim, I figure it's not a bad way of making sure I score an invitation." Bourne currently stars in the Seven Network drama series City Homicide, but is also known for his comedic roles. Most recently, he hosted the popular show Thank God You're Here and was a regular on Hey Hey It's Saturday for many years. Thank God You're Here won a Silver Logie for most outstanding comedy in 2007. Bourne was also nominated for the most outstanding actor Logie in 2003 for his leading role in medical drama MDA. This year's Logie nominees will be revealed on April 3. Critics are at the read to praise or pan Bourne. Will Twitter-Gate strike again at Crown Casino. Don't blink!

Crown Casino News

Apple Store Tipped For Crown Casino, Melbourne...

Computer giant Apple is tipped to be opening a new retail store in Melbourne. Leaks advise us the firm is planning a in or very close by to James Packer's Crown Casino. The rumour mill says Ken Gracey reckons an associate is fitting out the new store. Apple also had a job posting on Apple’s website seeking staff and lists a 3205 postcode. Yep, you guessed it - Crown Casino's postcode.

Basketball Star Gary Ervin Named League MVP At Crown Casino...

Wollongong Hawks mega star Gary Ervin has claimed the Andrew Gaze Trophy as the NBL's Most Valuable Player for the 2010-11 season. Ervin accepted the prestigious award at the league's annual presentation dinner last night at Melbourne's Crown Casino. It was only the second time in the NBL's 32-year history that a Hawks player has earned the title as the competition's best player. Ervin was also selected in the All-NBL First Team alongside Kirk Penney, Julian Khazzouh, Damian Martin and Gary Wilkinson.
Last night's event provided a double celebration for the Hawks, as consistent forward Oscar Forman took out the Most Improved Player award. Wollongong's Gordie McLeod made a compelling case for his second straight Coach of the Year trophy, but that honour went to Townsville's Trevor Gleeson. And while Hawks veteran forward Glen Saville was one of five finalists for Defensive Player of the Year, Perth Wildcats guard Martin was a worthy recipient of the award. Ervin was an instant hit with the Hawks and the club is doing everything possible to snatch the guard back for a second season. The 27-year-old averaged a league-leading 20.1 points per game, 4.5 assists (fourth), 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals, earning enough votes to out-poll fellow MVP candidates Penney and Khazzouh. Ervin is expect to stay loyal with the Hawks for sometime yet. Well done to all players and the support team.

James Packer Online Deal; Not Gaming - Retail...

James Packer has snatched a good chunks of the online retail space via an investment in DealsDirect. Ellerston Capital, owned by the Packer family's Consolidated Press Holdings, took a "minority cornerstone" investment in the online retailing site Deals Direct yesterday. "It signals a real coming of age for online retail, with businesses like Ellerston getting into the game, it is well and truly 'game on'," advised DealsDirect's co-founder Paul Greenberg. The transaction, estimated by the AFR at $10 million, shows the keen interest in online retail by the media and investment sector. It will facilitate DealsDirect, one of the biggest online only retailers in Australia, to fund more rapid growth in an industry that is surging ahead to keep up with the market, all the while while traditional bricks and motar retail goes through tough times. "While traditional offline retailers are still facing the challenges of building a sustainable ecommerce strategy, we think we are well poised to build on our first-mover advantage and our years of learning and experience in online sales," said Mr Greenberg. "We intend to grow our market share and enthusiastically pursue growth opportunities and this vote of confidence by Ellerston Capital allows us to do this rapidly." DealsDirect has more than 1.5 million unique browsers each month buying an item about once every 20 seconds, the company said. The investment from the Packer-controlled Ellerston Capital will allow the online retailer to make acquisitions and access strategic support while it seeks to consolidate its position in the e-commerce space. DealsDirect was founded by Greenberg and Mike Rosenbaum in 2004, and grew rapidly within eBay's framework of online partner shops - and independently of the major retail network site. DealsDirect sells 23 categories of retail goods to online shoppers including electronics, kitchenware, watches, toys and games, shipping direct from a warehouse and distribution centre in Sydney. "Given our leadership position in the space combined with Ellerston's appetite, one would expect this to be a substantial cornerstone investment which ensures we are extremely well-capitalised and have the resources to capitalise on the many opportunities in front of us," said Greenberg. The sector is red hot. In January, Yahoo7 took over online group buying site Spreets for $40 million. Cudo, yet another asocial buying site, is owned by NineMSN. Rupert Murdoch - News Ltd backed investment firm netus took a stake in OurDeal, which was created in May 2010. DealsDirect also launched its own group buying site DealMe in February to gain exposure to the trend. Ellerston Capital is not granting interviews at this stage. Packer continues to surge ahead in land based casinos in Australia, Asia, and also via online with Betfair and now DealsDirect - Ellerston Capital.

Melbourne Press Club Does Crown Casino...

The Melbourne Press Club did Crown casino and interesting goss is coming in. Julia Gillard impersonator Amanda Bishop got em talking with a line on Crown Casino and media commentators Andrew Bolt's head...the venue reminded her of nothing so much as the inside of Andrew Bolt’s head. Bolt being a soft target, since he's currently in court fighting for his good name. The joke got mixed reactions. Crown media and events hotshot Anne Peacock is understood to be concerned about Crown's image with the Press Club connection. Master of ceremonies Peter Mitchell gave Peacock special thanks in his address to the crowd. There was no on the record response from Crown Casino powers that be. It's understood that its hard to censor a Press Club speech. or news media in general.

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*Greg Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911

*Media Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet portal development company. Gaming is just one of a dozen sectors covered

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