ABC Commercial

ABC Oz talent surfing into MIP

ABC Commercial, the distribution arm of Australian pubcaster the ABC, is bringing Dan Churchill and Hayden Quinn to MIPTV to promote their new show, Surfing the Menu: Next Generation. In the thirteen-part show, the two cooking- and surfing-obsessed mates travel around Australia in a VW Beetle. On their travels they meet people turning out local […]

ABC takes DRG titles to digital Down Under

ABC Commercial has struck a deal with UK-based distributor DRG and will shop its titles to digital platforms in Australia and New Zealand. The distribution arm of Australian pubcaster the ABC and the MTG-owned sales house have a longstanding deal covering Australasia. Under the terms of an extension to the existing deal ABC Commercial will […]

Former Worlwide exec to head ABC Oz sales

Former BBC Worldwide Australia boss Tony Iffland will run distribution at Australian public broadcaster the ABC after being appointed general manager, ABC Content Sales. Iffland joined Australia’s second public broadcaster SBS after leaving Worldwide, where he was general manager, Australia, in 2012. At SBS he was director of television. At the ABC Iffland will run […]

Stan nabs Amazon series, launches ahead of Netflix

Stan has become the latest subscription video-on-demand service to roll out in Australia, beating streaming heavyweight Netflix, which will launch in the territory later this year. The new service is a joint venture between free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network and Fairfax Media. At launch its programming line-up included several series from Amazon, including Transparent and Mozart […]

Showtime will Stop at Nothing for Lance Armstrong doc

Showtime has acquired Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story, the one-off doc about the disgraced cyclist. The US premium cabler will show the film in a 9pm slot on Friday, November 9. The investigative doc is made by Searching for Sugar Man producer Passion Pictures and has new details about how Armstrong doped through […]

BBC spotlights Lance Armstrong pre-Tour de France

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story ahead of cycling showcase event the Tour de France later this year. The investigative journalism doc is billed as an “intimate but explosive portrait” of disgraced cyclist Armstrong, who last year admitted to conducting one of the biggest doping programmes in the […]

ABC signs ‘historic’ Chinese content deal

Australian content distributor ABC International has scored what it is defined as one of the largest ever programming and content distribution agreements with a Chinese media group. The international wing of Australian pubcaster ABC has signed the agreement with Shanghai Media Group, which operates numerous channels and has recently restructured to focus on selling Chinese […]

BBC Worldwide, ITV Studios snag high end Oz dramas

BBC Worldwide and ITV Studios Global Entertainment are among distributors that have snapped up new high end Australian dramas, which yesterday secured multimillion dollar funding. BBC Worldwide is to distribute The Kettering Incident, which Porchlight Films is making for pay TV service Foxtel, while ITV Studios has snagged rights to Playmaker Media-produced ABC series Hiding. […]

ABC Commercial appoints sales chief

The commercial arm of Australian public broadcaster the ABC has appointed Sharon Ramsay-Luck head of sales and business development. In the newly-created role, Ramsay-Luck will oversee programme sales, digital sales and acquisitions. She originally joined the ABC in 1998, leaving in 2007 to set up the distribution business of Australia’s other pubcaster, SBS. She then […]

The War Report

With the 100th anniversary of the most terrible conflict in world history coming in 2014, Jesse Whittock identifies the projects and producers that will shape World War I in the minds of a new generation of TV viewers. War programming has the unique power to shock, appall and intrigue in equal measures, hence its enduring […]