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Alex Dimitriades, Emily Barclay and Neil Armfield confirmed to judge the second year of the Optus ONE80PROJECT
14 Nov 2007

OPTUS, MTV Networks Australia and Samsung Mobile are pleased to announce Actors Alex Dimitriades, Emily Barclay, and Artistic Director, Company B, Neil Armfield as the judges of the 2007 OPTUS ONE80PROJECT.

OPTUS ONE80PROJECT, in association with MTV Networks Australia and Samsung Mobile, is a national competition inviting anyone with a good TV idea to submit a pitch which is then judged by our expert panel of industry specialists that will include Alex Dimitriades, Emily Barclay and Neil Armfield as well as MTV Networks Australia Executive Producer Ean Thorley to ultimately be produced and aired on MTV in Australia. Winners will be announced at the OPTUS ONE80PROJECT Festival on 27 January 2008. The initiative is back for its second year to give local aspiring TV makers a shot at the small screen.

Alex Dimitriades' career is one that young Australians have grown up watching with varied and diverse roles on stage and screen. Although his career has taken him across the world, Alex Dimitriades is still very committed to local projects and productions and was thrilled to be on a panel that gives young up and comings the chance at success.

"Having worked within the industry for many years, I know how hard it can be to get your break and have your ideas heard," says Alex Dimitriades. "The OPTUS ONE80PROJECT is a great initiative and I look forward to seeing the ideas that will come through."

New Zealand-based actor Emily Barclay joins Alex Dimitriades on the panel this year. Emily Barclay was catapulted into the public eye with her 2004 award winning performance in - "In My Father's Den", but it was her confronting and honest performance in the 2006 film "Suburban Mayhem" (written by last years OPTUS ONE80PROJECT judge Alice Bell) that won her the AFI Best Actress award as well as a reputation as one the most talented and promising young actors of her generation.

Artistic Director, Company B, Neil Armfield returns to the initiative after being one of the first judges to get on board the project in its first year. Having been an integral part of the Australian film and theatre community for many years, Neil Armfield feels passionate about the OPTUS ONE80PROJECT and the opportunity it gives aspiring screenwriters and directors.

Artistic Director, Company B, Neil Armfield, said, "Already fantastic things have grown from this initiative, now into its second year, I'm delighted to still be involved."

"I couldn't be happier to have three such respected and talented judges onboard for this year's competition. Having Neil Armfield return for a second year shows that he really believes in what we are doing with the project. The addition of Alex Dimitriades and Emily Barclay brings a trifector of experience, professionalism and youth, providing us with a great deal of diversity in the judging panel," said MTV Networks Australia Executive Producer Ean Thorley.

OPTUS ONE80PROJECT offers a chance of a lifetime with the entry period running from 2 October 2007 until 30 November 2007. Ten entries will then be short-listed and viewed on 7 December via the OPTUS ONE80PROJECT website (www.one80project.com.au), Optus ZOO mobile portal and MTV. All entries must be suitable for viewing on mobile phones, internet and TV.

Voters will easily be able to download the 10 short-listed pilots to their phone via WAP, or stream them from the competition website. Viewers will vote for their favourite pilot via a short code from their mobile phone or at the competition website. Votes can be cast over seven weeks, from 7 December 2007 until 25 January 2008.

The pilots from the ten finalists will be screened at the OPTUS ONE80PROJECT Festival on 27 January 2007, after which the two winning entries will be announced. Both winners will receive $10,000 and a Samsung prize pack including a Samsung F500 mobile phone. In addition, the Judges' Choice will get the opportunity to work with MTV production experts and an executive producer at MTV Australia's production facilities to develop and shape their original pilot into a full-length multi-platform drama. The completed final drama will be shown on MTV and will be accessible via the Optus ZOO mobile portal.

To find out more about OPTUS ONE80PROJECT and how to enter, log onto www.one80project.com.au.

For further information:

Tracy Monkman, Optus
Phone: (02) 8082 5302
Email: tracy.monkman@optus.com.au

Bel Boyce, MTV Networks Australia
Phone: (02) 9921 0292
Email: bel.boyce@mtvna.com.au

Laura Vozzo, MTV Networks Australia
laura.vozzo@mtvna.com.au

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About Samsung Mobile
Samsung is the world's number three manufacturer of mobile handsets.* Key to its success has been its unwavering focus on delivering premium quality, superior designed, multi-media mobile phones. Major innovations in these areas include the world's first 10 megapixel camera phone; 8 mobile TV phones across 4 different broadcasting services, the first 8GB hard disk drive (HDD) embedded music smartphone and the world's fastest High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.au/mobile
*Strategy Analytics, 2005.

SMS to 199ONE80 cost $0.55. No data charges apply for Optus Mobile Customers to access the Optus One80 Project mobile site. Voting commences on 7 Dec 2007 and closes on 25 Jan 2008. 7 weekly prizes and 5 major prizes to be won. Authorised under permit numbers: ACT: TP 07/04145.1 SA: T07/4264 NSW: LTPS/07/26195 VIC: 07/4445. Full terms & conditions available at www.one80project.com.au MTV Networks Australia Pty Ltd ABN 10 107 601 418