Revisiting Some Murdoch Media Nepotism

For someone married to the 117th richest person in the world, Wendi Murdoch (pictured) endures relatively little LA media scrutiny. Not so Down Under, where the activities of spouses attached to Murdoch’s both senior and junior are always big news.

Over the weekend, Sydney Morning Herald social columnist Andrew Hornery touched on, among other things, her upcoming film adaptation Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. In doing so, he noted how being Rupert Murdoch’s third significant other has its benefits.

Writes Hornery:

The film was shot in February in Zhejiang province and Murdoch reportedly convinced her great chum Hugh Jackman – who became godfather to Chloe and Grace, her daughters with Rupert, at their baptism in Jordan in March – to make a cameo in the film. The film has been bought by (surprise, surprise) Fox Searchlight, one of the Murdoch family’s many movie companies.

We say: what’s the fun of being married to a media magnate if you can’t get him to release your hard-to-slot period drama with no recognizable stars? Anne Thompson at indieWIRE made the same connection when the North American distribution rights deal was first announced this spring, at which time Ms. Murdoch returned the favor by stating that “this deeply moving story of love and devotion is in the best possible hands at Fox Searchlight.”