Kerry Packer and Ita Buttrose In New Cleo TV Show,
by Greg Tingle - 6th April 2011
Australians, the late Kerry Packer, and living media
icon Ita Buttrose, will be portrayed in an new Aussie
telemovie coming to the box later this month: 'Paper
Giants - The Birth Of Cleo'. Cleo the magazine, not
the slot folks. Media Man cuts to the chase on what
may or may not have happened between the late gambling
king KP and former magazine queen, Ita, plus offer
a few candid comments with this special probing report...
and media fans. You won't have to wait much longer.
The late Kerry Packer (played by actor Rob Carlton)
will be returning to Australian TV screens (and internet).
Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, promises to be a
quality production that will also show some of the
more intimate details of the relationship between
the late Packer and Ita, as well as show us a bit
of our mate, Jack Thompson (in a Cleo spread no less).
Jack is understood to be pleased with the choice of
model just quietly. Yeah, we're going to get some
nudity boys and girls.
telemovie stars Asher Keddie as Ita Buttrose and will
tell the story of the magazines' rise in the Australian
media circa 1970s. The viewer will also get some solid
insight into the lives of Packer and Buttrose.
do our friends at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
have to say about it?
early 1972, 30 year old journalist and editor, Ita
Buttrose (Asher Keddie) and 35 year old Kerry Packer
(Rob Carlton), heir to what was then Australia's most
ruthlessly powerful and influential publishing family,
got together to create a magazine that became one
of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing
history. CLEO went on to help define women, Australia
and the relationship between the two."
who first cemented her place as the magazine's editor,
was a consultant on the production.
there was a supposed affair it didn't happen in this
timeframe. I have no idea if there was, we didn't
raise it with her," said producer John Edwards.
2007 feature article by The Sydney Morning Herald
revealed on Packer - Buttrose: "He soon proposed
marriage and, despite rumours to the contrary, she
accepted him. But she was less committed to the idea
of marriage than he was. She already had one failed
marriage behind her," we were told. That marriage
to Alasdair Macdonald produced Buttrose's two children,
Ben and Kate. "After Ita accepted Kerry's proposal,
Kerry told his wife Ros, who knew about the affair
anyway. She threatened to take half his wealth and
deny him custody of his children, Gretel and James.
Kerry found himself weighing up the loss of half of
his riches and the loss of his children and finally
had a change of heart. He didn't want to lose either."
Carlton says he approached the role of Packer with
"an equal dose of terror and exhilaration. Like
most encounters with Kerry Packer, I'm told".
two-part telemovie will go to air at 8.30pm, Sunday
17 April (and) the same time on Monday, 18 April,
media is speculating is the son of the late KP, James
Packer, may get any positive spin offs or PR's from
the telemovie which is being touted to be the talk
of 'Sin City' Sydney, and perhaps even across Australia,
such is the interest in Packer and Buttrose. Buttrose
is managed by the Harry M. Miller Group, and Packer
is well... not easy to get in touch with, but the
right approach to Crown Casino directly can sometimes
work wonders. No, please don't ask us for more information
on how to, and no, we don't manage them either, but
offer online profiles on the two for folks who are
the leaks we've got on Paper-Cuts so far; 4 out of
5 stars. "It's 1972. Skirts are up, pants are
down". Spin to win with Cleo, the telemovie,
not the slot!