Beyond Distribution

Netflix buys up Australian content ahead of launch

Netflix has bought a raft of Australian content ahead of its launch in the territory next month. It has acquired the package of Australian and New Zealand series from  Beyond Distribution. Netflix has also taken Australian rights to Beyond-produced and distributed series Mythbusters. The popular science series is a big hit for Discovery around the […]

Guilty pleasures

Murder. Bloodlust. Revenge. Jesse Whittock listens to testimony from leading executives and gathers evidence to deliver a verdict on why the true crime genre continues to deliver killer ratings A s the ultra-popular podcast Serial has demonstrated, the true crime genre continues to defy expectations. The mix of blood, horror and investigation has captivated middle-aged […]

DRG exec takes Beyond acquisitions role

Caitlin Meek-O’Connor is leaving DRG to become head of acquisitions at Beyond Distribution, the sales division of UK-Australian company Beyond. At Beyond she replaces Yvonne Body, who retired at the end of last year. The appointment is effective January 26. Based in London, Meek-O’Connor will report to Beyond Distribution’s general manager, Michael Murphy. At DRG she has acquisitions […]

News brief: Beyond lays Pati’s Mexican Table

Beyond Distribution has acquired Pati’s Mexican Table, a cooking series from American public television. The show comes from Follow Productions, and follows ex-Latin American policy analyst-turned-chef and food writer Pati Jinich as she reveals secrets of Mexican cookery and culinary conditions. “The marketplace has plenty of room for another female chef and Pati is fabulous […]

Distribution veteran Yvonne Body steps down

Beyond Distribution’s head of acquisitions is leaving the company after twelve years. Industry veteran Body is retiring after a 26-year career in the TV business. Before beyond she worked at companies including CBC International and Tapestry International. She will stay at Beyond until early next year and assist general manager Michael Murphy in recruiting a […]

Beyond to offer Dark Temptations in Cannes

Beyond Distribution’s MIPCOM slate includes a 6x60mins crime series focusing on weird obsessions that turn deadly. Dark Temptations (pictured) comes from Beyond’s in-house production team. Also coming from within Beyond are Wild But True, a children’s series starring Steve Irwin’s son Robert Irwin; and 1x60mins Prison Songs, documentary-musical hybrid sharing stories of Aboriginal inmates. New […]

MIPJunior Hot Pick: Wild But True

Australia’s Irwin family has handed the world another TV star. Ten-year-old Robert Irwin’s small screen debut pairs him with 13-year-old Queensland student Isabel Yamaguchi as presenters of Discovery Kids Asia’s latest series Wild But True. Robert is the second Irwin child to get his own show after family patriarch and natural history TV guru Steve’s […]

Content crunch – the fight for rights

As the pace of consolidation quickens, competition for rights is fiercer than ever. Stewart Clarke talks to distributors about the changing face of the business and how, in the hyper competitive world of TV, they are gaining access to content. First-look deals, overall deals, development deals, output deals, umbrella deals and pod deals: all are […]

Beyond constructs Manufactured doc deal

Beyond Distribution has taken international rights to Manufactured, a factual series that tells the story of iconic products. The show is made by Toronto-based indie Castlewood for Discovery Canada. Items covered in the show range from the Leatherman multi-tool to the Zippo lighter and Stetson hat, with each episode following the conception, history and manufacture […]

News brief: Beyond cuts Re:Source-ful Canadian deal

Beyond Distribution has picked up two factual/lifestyle series from Canadian prodco Re:Source Media. The distributor will sell 3 Chefs, 1 City internationally as well as Re:Source’s Asia Rising. 3 Chefs, 1 City is a 13x30mins show that explores the world’s greatest foodie destinations through the eyes of chefs. Asia Rising is a 10x60mins series fronted […]