Paper Giants: The birth of Cleo

The Show

Paper Giants: The birth of Cleo
In early 1972, journalist and editor, Ita Buttrose and heir to Australia’s most powerful publishing family, Kerry Packer, started a magazine that created one of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing history.

Critics

The "best TV show" of 2011
Herald Sun newspaper names best and worst Australian TV shows of 2011

The ABC's drama department returns to form with Paper Giants
Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo dominated the national conversation, delivered commercial audience volumes for the ABC and created a fanatical cult that now surrounds its subject, the publishing pioneer Ita Buttrose.

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Ratings

The ABC's most popular program this year
Part two of Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, attracted an average of 1.34 million viewers, a 24.5 per cent share, across the five capital cities on Monday, making it the ABC's most popular program this year.

Ratings: Clean sweep for Paper Giants
With a razor sharp script and flawless re-creation of the era Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo was a resounding success for Aunty.

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards
Switched On Audience Award for Best Performer in Television 2011 - Asher Keddie, Paper Giants

ABC wins a swag of Logies
Silver Logie for Outstanding Actor: Rob Carlton; Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress: Asher Keddie

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Nominations

Australian Academy Awards nominations
Nominations for: Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series, Best Lead Actor In A Television Series (Rob Carlton), Best Lead Actress In A Television Drama, Best Director in Television Drama

Can Ita Buttrose take out the Gold Logie?
Asher Keddie, whose outstanding performance as the media icon in the ABC's critically acclaimed miniseries Paper Giants, leads a field of six for Australian television's top award.

Logie Awards 2012: Nominations
"The race to see who will win the TV WEEK Gold Logie is going to be the toughest one yet!"