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Bravo goes free-to-air in Kiwi channel deal

Real Housewives of MelbourneCable net Bravo will become a free-to-air offering for the first time after NBCUniversal and Mediaworks in New Zealand inked a deal to rebrand Channel Four.

A commission was also announced for the new Kiwi Bravo channel, with a local version of the Real Housewives reality format (Real Housewives of Melbourne, pictured) – The Real Housewives of Auckland – being produced by NBCU-owned prodco Matchbox.

The new net launches in July. It will be run as a joint venture between NBCU and Mediaworks, the Kiwi media company that runs TV and radio stations as well as producing content.

The Kiwi Bravo will have shows from the US channel including Million Dollar Listing and Top Chef. International series will include UK constructed reality hit Made in Chelsea.

“Asia Pacific is an important growth region for NBCUniversal International and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to invest further in New Zealand,” said Belinda Menendez, president, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks.

“Having enjoyed a long-standing, strong relationship with MediaWorks, we are excited to expand our relationship in order to bring Bravo – a premier free-to-air entertainment-lifestyle channel – to the market.”

“We are delighted to introduce one of the most popular TV brands in the US to New Zealand – and we look forward to partnering with Mark [Weldon, CEO, MediaWorks] and the MediaWorks team to bring this exciting channel to life,” added Chris Taylor, managing director, New Zealand and Australia, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks.