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Presto closure costs Foxtel $21m

Folding SVOD service Presto into Foxtel’s existing subscription on-demand service has cost the Australian pay TV operator US$21 million, numbers released this week reveal. Foxtel’s net income for the three months to September 31 fell from US$42 million last year to US$16 million, primarily due to the decision to close Presto in January 2017. “Equity […]

GSN tickled by terror-themed game show

US cable channel GSN has commissioned an eight part, horror-themed game show from Paranormal Activity guru Jason Blum. Hellavator will see teams of three ride a haunted elevator to various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player per floor must complete a frightening challenge within a set time, or they are locked out of the […]

Presto goes Rogue with eOne dramas

Australian on-demand platform Presto has inked a new drama programming deal with Entertainment One Television. Expanding on an existing agreement that gave the SVOD service shows such as The Walking Dead, the deal comprises numerous titles. These include DirecTV crime drama Rogue, the TV adaptation of feature film The Firm, and supernatural thriller Bitten on […]

El Rey dismisses Matador

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network has cancelled its sports-spy thriller drama Matador despite having previously handed it a second season. The show, one of US Hispanic cable net El Rey’s first original scripted series, follows Gabriel Luna as a DEA agent who goes undercover as a professional soccer player. The first 13-episode season launched in […]

eOne bags El Rey scripted series deal

Entertainment One will represent scripted programming from US cable net El Rey on the international market. The deal hands eOne Television exclusive international distribution rights to El Rey’s original shows, which includes upcoming soccer/spy series Matador. The hour-long drama follows the unlikely rise of Antonio “Matador” Bravo, a soccer player known for his playboy antics […]

Robert Rodriguez cable net partners with Mark Burnett

Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling cable network El Rey has ordered a raft of new, original content and is partnering with Mark Burnett on a new sports division. The English-language cable net has ordered Matador (WT), a 13x1hr drama about the rise of playboy soccer star come CIA agent Antonio ‘Matador’ Bravo. It will be produced by […]