Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo: sneak peek

And here is your first look at Ita Buttrose meeting Kerry Packer in ABC1’s forthcoming Aussie miniseries on the birth of Cleo magazine, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

Asher Keddie plays a 30 year old Buttrose, who in 1972 was given the charge of the new women’s magazine by a 35 year old Kerry Packer, heir to Australia’s most powerful publishing company.

Packer is played by Rob Carlton (Chandon Pictures). In this scene Packer has been firing some of his staff, after his father Sir Frank Packer had just sold the Daily Telegraph to Rupert Murdoch.

The 2 part miniseries will air on ABC1 at 8:30pm Sunday and Monday April 17 /18.


  1. Only saw the 2nd night thought it was visually beautiful and enyoying to watch – I happen to love Ita’s lisp – it was fantastic would love it to be shown again.

  2. This looks and sounds like a wonderful comedy!!!! That fake lisp is just too much!!! I was in tears of laughter just watching this snippet from the show!!! Watching this whole “dramatic” mini series….. I’d be rolling around in a fit!!!! Never seen anything so laughable!!

  3. i can’t wait for this. i’m studying design, and would love to work in a magazine. very interested in this mini series. thanks for the heads up david.

  4. This is pretty fair acting and very good impersonation.
    Is Cleo the mag wherein Jack Thompson dropped his strides to be the first ever wedding-tackle-out male centrefold?
    At any rate this should be a fairly interesting miniseries, so I’ll be tuning in.

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