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Sales round-up: China goes Beyond for kids & factual; BBC takes ABC’s ‘Born To Spy’; ‘The Water Guardians’ land in Canada & Europe

China goes Beyond for kids & factual Chinese broadcasters and platforms have acquired a range of children’s and factual titles, following deals with distributor Beyond Rights. Youku, the streaming platform of Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, has now picked up both series of pre-school animation title Hushabye Lullabye (30 x 3-minutes), a MaraKids production […]

Australia’s ABC names head of Commercial

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has named Jessica Ellis as head of ABC Commercial, a role she has been overseeing since August 2021. Ellis joined the ABC in February 2007 and most recently served as head of content sales & distribution, during which time she had oversight of ABC Commercial operations across global TV distribution, […]

Food Network orders Blink travelogue

Discovery-owned UK channel Food Network has commissioned Blink Films for a food travelogue series featuring celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.  Tom Kerridge’s America (10 x 30 minutes) follows the Michelin-starred chef as he travels across the US in search of the nation’s favourite dishes and lesser known delicacies. The show was ordered by Clare Laycock, VP […]

ABC Commercial exec in as Flame hires two

Australia-based Flame Distribution has hired ABC Commercial exec Robyn Campbell (pictured) and Global Telemedia’s Anne Corsak. Campbell, formerly senior sales manager at ABC, will join as vice president of content sales for Australia and New Zealand. She was also previously senior sales manager at BBC Worldwide across the region. Corsak will join Flame’s New York […]

ABC Commercial boss exits

Australian pubcaster the ABC is saying goodbye to the director of its commercial wing. The network today announced Robert Patterson was leaving after more than two decades, having initially joined the ABC Classics music label. He was appointed director of ABC Commercial in 2012, but now becomes the latest high profile exit since ABC managing […]

Wiggles arrive at Universal Kids & Treehouse

The US’s Universal Kids and Treehouse in Canada have bought rights to the latest series from Australian kids band The Wiggles. The separate multi-year licence deals hand NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s Universal Kids and Corus Entertainment’s Canuck cable channel, Treehouse, rights to range of Wiggles TV shows. The deals come ten months after ABC Commercial, the sales […]

ABC Commercial releases 45 Serial Killers in Cannes

Australia’s ABC Commercial will unleash 45 Serial Killers – The World Wants to Forget at MIPTV. The 13x45mins series comes from Blizzard Road Productions, which is also behind ABC Commercial series Top Jobs for Dogs. 45 Serial Killers will delve into the minds and lives of notorious serial murderers around the world, combining their back […]

ABC Commercial bags full Wiggles rights

The commercial arm of Australian pubcaster the ABC has taken full catalogue rights to programming, video music from children’s entertainment group The Wiggles. The agreement, described as a “multimillion dollar five-year license deal” hands ABC Commercial distribution rights to future releases and back catalogue content. Platform rights covered include CD, DVD, EST, TVOD, SVOD, mobile […]

Netflix consumes Toast in 200-hour ABC deal

British comedy Toast of London has debuted in Australia and New Zealand on SVOD service Netflix, as part of a 200-hour deal with distributor ABC Commercial. The deal is for all three season of the Channel 4 sitcom, which Australian pubcaster the ABC distributes in Australasian through a digital sub-licensing agreement with UK distributor DRG. […]

Netflix buys musical puppet comedy

Netflix has scooped UK rights to Sammy J & Randy in Ricketts Lane, an adult-skewed puppet comedy that originally played on the ABC in Australia. The series is produced by Australian indie Sticky Pictures. It follows Sammy J & Randy (a purple puppet), a well-known comedy act, in their first TV show. The musical comedy […]

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