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Sky New Zealand stares into Hard Sun & eyes American Gods

Sky New Zealand has acquired new pre-apocalyptic BBC drama Hard Sun, as well as Starz and Amazon drama American Gods and Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. All three series count FremantleMedia International as their distributor, and each will play on Sky’s SoHo basic tier channel following the new deal. Hard Sun, which comes from Luther […]

Walter Presents in Australia through Foxtel deal

British-born VOD service Walter Presents is launching in Australia after teaming up with pay TV provider Foxtel. The Channel 4-backed broadcaster has been aiming at international expansion this year, and will debut series on Foxtel’s authenticated on-demand service on November 1. Then on December 15, a Walter Presents-branded slot will launch on pay TV channel […]

Foxtel studio partnerships chief Weir to exit

Deanna Weir, who oversees Australian pay TV platform Foxtel’s relationships with the US studios, is to leave her role. Her exit comes a little over a year after she joined, and two weeks after Foxtel’s merger with Fox Sports was unveiled. Aussie industry veteran Weir (pictured) was hired as executive director of channel aggregation and […]

Foxtel merging with Fox Sports in Australia

Australia’s leading pay TV platform, Foxtel, is merging with its News Corp cousin Fox Sports Australia to create a new regional powerhouse. The move will see Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp becoming 65% majority shareholder of the new business, with Australia telecommunications business retaining the other 35%. A plan to float of the Australia stock exchange […]

Game of Thrones smashes HBO ratings record

Ratings for Game of Thrones’s season seven opener on US premium pay channel HBO proved linear event programming is still alive and well. The show took 10.1 million linear viewers, well above the previous 8.9 million record set for the season six debut episode in 2015, and a massive 16.1 million overall. This makes it […]

Foxtel exec to launch Sixteen South sales arm

Belfast-based animation company Sixteen South is launching a distribution division, with an exec from Australian pay TV firm Foxtel heading the unit. Sixteen South Rights will focus on sales of in-house intellectual property, with Foxtel Gillian acquisitions manager Gillian Calvert-Ridge returning to the UK to lead it as head of distribution. It will initially focus […]

More on creation of global anti-piracy coalition ACE

Execs from the 30 global entertainment companies that have come together to form anti-piracy body the Alliance of Creativity and Entertainment explains why they are involved in the initiative   “BBC Worldwide invests in, commercialises, and showcases content from the BBC around the world and champions British creativity globally. It is the lifeblood of our business […]

Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) in a bid to combat illegal video and content downloads. The firms include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, […]

Ten future in doubt as backers pull out

Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten is facing receivership after major shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon pulled their backing. Ten has ceased trading shares after a letter to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) revealed Murdoch’s Illyria and Gordon’s Birketu would stop financing the network on December. Ten has a number of expensive output contracts in […]

TVF secures swathe of deals in Australia and New Zealand

London-based factual distributor TVF International has sold a slate of shows to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. Inside Windsor Castle, co-commissioned by Channel 5 and Smithsonian, has been picked up by Foxtel, SBS (both Australia) and Sky Prime (NZ) while Foxtel also snapped up CBC crime doc Looking for Mike (44 minutes) and Channel […]

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