Brian Walsh

Foxtel studio partnerships chief Weir to exit

Deanna Weir, who oversees Australian pay TV platform Foxtel’s relationships with the US studios, is to leave her role. Her exit comes a little over a year after she joined, and two weeks after Foxtel’s merger with Fox Sports was unveiled. Aussie industry veteran Weir (pictured) was hired as executive director of channel aggregation and […]

SoHo dropped as Foxtel encourages Binge viewing

Australian pay giant Foxtel is moving premium programming currently on its SoHo drama channel to its Showcase network, while launching a channel targeted at binge viewers. As of October 1, Binge will replace SoHo on the EPG offering curated seasons of shows such as Arrow (pictured), The Flash, Supergirl, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, Californication and […]

NBCU launches reality SVOD on Foxtel

NBCUniversal has launched its reality TV SVOD service Hayu in Australia. Hayu has rolled out on Foxtel and will be available to the pay TV platform’s subs who have the Entertainment Plus package, which includes the E! channel, part of the NBCUniversal stable. NBC and Foxtel have a longstanding output deal. Hayu launched in the […]

Foxtel names channel chief

Australian pay TV group has named a new channels chief in the shape of ex-group programme manager Stephen Baldwin. He is returning to the News Corp.- and Telstra-owned company after five years at broadcast tech company Ai-Media, most recently as COO. Baldwin will take on the newly created role of head of channels and operations […]

Foxtel launches premium entertainment arm

Australian pay provider Foxtel has appointed Graham Burrells to head a new premium entertainment division. Burrells will be head of premium entertainment, managing drama channels Showcase and SoHo, The Comedy Channel and the soon-to-launch BoxSets network, which will run major HBO scripted series following an agreement in 2012 that saw Foxtel become the sole Australian […]

LA Screenings 2014: Brian Walsh, Foxtel

As buyers flock to Los Angeles for the May Screenings, TBI speaks with key players about what’s on their 2014 shopping list. What are your expectations for the 2014 Screenings? I am expecting that this will be the biggest screenings in many years and that we will see an enormous amount of new scripted drama, […]

Foxtel takes First place

Foxtel’s director of programmes Brian Walsh tells Jesse Whittock about the Australian pay TV leader’s content wishes, tackling online piracy through new services and plans for its upcoming BBC-branded premium channel. Next year will mark a significant milestone in the history of Australian television when pay TV platform Foxtel becomes the official content partner of […]

BBC Worldwide confirms international channel changes

The BBC’s commercial arm has confirmed its new premium content channel brand will be known as BBC First, ahead of the net’s first launch on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel next year and a major investment in new programming. BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said the service would be launched on linear and non-linear platforms, […]

Naomi Campbell takes her Face to Foxtel

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is to executive produce an Australian version of her modelling competition format The Face, which Shine Australia will produce. The format is set for a run on pay TV provider Foxtel’s FOX8 channel in 2014, with Campbell set to both exec and head up the production. Campbell helmed in the first version […]

Second season of Prisoner: Cell Block H reboot locked in

Wentworth, the series based on cult Australian prison drama series Prisoner Cell Block H, has won a second season order. The first season of the FremantleMedia Australia-produced series is half way through its run. The drama series has been a huge hit for pay TV operator Foxtel’s SoHo channel and the opening episode generated the […]