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ABC Australia’s entertainment head, Nick Hayden, stepping down

Nick Hayden, head of entertainment at Australian pubcaster the ABC, is to depart at the end of next month. Hayden’s exit comes amid a restructure of the business, which saw Netflix’s Chris Oliver-Taylor join earlier this year to head up a new content division. The departing exec confirmed he will leave at the end of […]

Sales round-up: Blue Ant strikes Lat Am deals; ABC & ZDF explore ‘Super Happy Magic Forest’

Blue Ant strikes Lat Am deals Latin American platforms including DirecTV and A+E Networks have acquired a range of unscripted titles after striking deals with distributor Blue Ant International at LA Screenings last week. Pay-TV service DIRECTV Latin America and the streaming platform DGO, in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico, bought Prince […]

Netflix exec returns to ABC Australia as chief content officer

Australian broadcaster ABC has appointed Netflix exec Chris Oliver-Taylor to the newly created role of chief content officer. Reporting to managing director David Anderson, Oliver-Taylor will take charge of the new content division created by the merger of the current entertainment and specialist and regional and local divisions. Oliver-Taylor currently serves as Netflix’s director of […]

News round-up: Prime Video & ABC pick up ‘Summer Memories’; Abacus shops Andrew Tate doc; Netflix & NITV kids’ co-commission

Prime Video, ABC & Showmax think on ‘Summer Memories’ Prime Video for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ABC Australia, and Showmax for Africa have picked up the first season of animated series Summer Memories following deals with Canada-based distributor Wildbrain. The 2D-animated series is created by Adam Yaniv and produced by A&N Productions, Aircraft Pictures and […]

BBC Studios extends ABC Australia content pact

BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand and Australian pubcaster ABC have signed a multi-year, multi-genre distribution agreement covering factual, drama comedy and kids titles. Under the deal, ABC will have access to a range of factual content across documentaries, science, history and factual entertainment, including the latest titles from documentary maker Louis Theroux and physicist […]

TBI Kids: How ‘Bluey’ became the top dog of co-viewing

Australian pre-school series Bluey has taken the world by storm over the past few years. Mark Layton talks to the show’s creator, Joe Brumm, about what makes the animation such a co-viewing hit Since its launch on ABC Kids in 2018, Australian pre-school animation Bluey has quickly struck a chord with children and parents alike […]

Show of the week: Mystery Road: Origin

After two seasons and two films following Indigenous Australian police officer Jay Swan, this prequel to crime drama Mystery Road delves into the dogged detective’s formative years on the force. Set in the outback of Western Australia in 1999, the series follows Swan as a charismatic young officer who arrives at his new station, fresh […]

Show of the Week: Vegesaurs

Travel to a prehistoric world of loud roars and healthy eating, in this 20 x 5-minute CGI animated series for 4-7-year-olds, populated by part dinosaur/part fruit-and-vegetable animals. The young tricarrotops Ginger lives in Vegesaur Valley, home to fellow vegesaurs such as the baby pea-rexes, who embark on standalone adventures featuring relatable themes for upper pre-schoolers […]

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