Paper Giants: The Birth of CLEO premieres on ABC1 Sunday 17 April and Monday 18 April at 8:30pm

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“In early 1972, 30-year-old journalist and editor, Ita Buttrose and 35-year old Kerry Packer, 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.  “CLEO was a woman’s magazine with a libido and a curiosity about almost everything…”

Gold Logie and Most Outstanding Actress nominee Asher Keddie plays Ita and Rob Carlton is Kerry Packer.

When HMMG started to work more in film and television rights a couple of years ago, we were having early conversations about the idea for a drama based on the birth of Cleo and Ita’s role as editor. It will be very rewarding to see Paper Giants go to air later this month after the vision of the ABC and John Edwards Southern Star and Ita’s role in developing the story with Christopher Lee.”
Lauren Miller Cilento, CEO, HMMG