Beyond Distribution

News brief: Beyond launching pre-school Pipsqueaks

Australian free-to-air network Seven has ordered a second 45x30mins series of Pipsqueaks and Beyond Distribution will launch the preschool show at MIPJunior in October. The series is made by Beyond’s production arm and features four puppet friends, Sassy, Peppy, Poppy and Squidge, who live in an adventure playground and interact with preschoolers through talking, dancing […]

Beyond picks up Canadian Stranger

Beyond Distribution has picked up international rights to another title from Canadian producer CMJ, A Stranger in My Home. The hour-long show tells stories of victims who have, for various reasons, invited strangers into their homes, with disastrous results. It was produced by CMJ with Discovery Canada and Canal D. Beyond will launch the series […]

Germany’s kids’ channels competition heats up

German children’s TV is set for its biggest shake-up in years, with the Disney Channel set to go free-TV – a move that places it in direct competition with Super RTL, the market leading family network that the Mouse House joint-owns. Jesse Whittock assesses the battle ahead. The pace of change in the German kids’ […]

Murphy goes one step beyond

The new general manager of Australia-based Beyond Television tells TBI about changing international perceptions of the business and why he’s targeting UK broadcasters. Michael Murphy is best known as the founder of Ireland’s Channel 6 (since bought by TV3 and rebranded 3e) and former director of programmes at TV3. He has also, since 2004, been […]

Beyond cuts US programming deals

Beyond Distribution has sealed a programming deal with Scripps Networks Interactive for content on two of its channels and a separate deal with another US cable network. SNI’s Travel Channel has picked up culinary series BBQ Crawl, the RTR Media-produced series that follows a world champion BBQ competitor as she eats her way through the […]

Fiona Crago out and Michael Murphy in at Beyond

Fiona Crago has resigned as boss of Beyond Distribution and will be replaced by Michael Murphy. The distributor said that Crago is leaving to pursue university studies. She has been at Beyond for 16 years, having started out in its legal department. Michael Murphy has been appointed as acting general manager. He has been programme boss […]

Astro buys package of kids shows from Beyond

Astro TVIQ, the Malaysian pay TV operator’s kids branded kids channel, has agreed a deal with Beyond Distribution for 230 hours of programming. The package deal was agreed at MIPCOM and gives Astro TVIQ series including Buzzy Bee & Friends, Milly Molly, Lab Rats Challenge and Wild Animal Baby Explorers. The deal covered sixteen series […]

Beyond going Thru Hell at MIPCOM

Australian distributor Beyond is launching a raft of new series at MIPCOM including Great Pacific Media’s Highway Thru Hell. The 10x60mins series follows the team that work to keep the treacherous Coquihalla Highway British Columbia in Canada. The distributor has another title from Great Pacific for MIPCOM, The Mistress. The 14x30mins series stars Sarah Symonds, […]