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Orange Smarty claims £250k in post-MIPCOM deals

UK indie distributor Orange Smarty has sold a 50-hour package of programming to Foxtel and inked several deals for A Place in the Sun (pictured) amid a flurry of deals struck at MIPCOM and in the weeks since the market. It said the deals were worth £250,000 (US$310,000). Former Electric Sky exec Karen Young set up […]

Raft of Secret Life of 4 Year Olds deals

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds format has been picked up by broadcasters across Europe. The format observes a group of 4 year olds in detail, showing how they play and interact with each other in a real nursery setting. The show was created by UK prodco RDF, which is part of the Banijay […]

Presto closure costs Foxtel $21m

Folding SVOD service Presto into Foxtel’s existing subscription on-demand service has cost the Australian pay TV operator US$21 million, numbers released this week reveal. Foxtel’s net income for the three months to September 31 fell from US$42 million last year to US$16 million, primarily due to the decision to close Presto in January 2017. “Equity […]

Foxtel to close Presto after buying out Seven

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel plans to close its SVOD service, Presto TV, after buying out joint venture partner Seven West Media. Presto will cease to operate on January 31, 2017, with its subscribers transferring to a new Foxtel Play product. They will be able to use the new platform from December. Presto was not […]

Long Lost Family format finds new home

Finnish free-TV broadcaster Nelonen has ordered a local version of Long Lost Family, the Dutch-originated format in which people are reunited with long lost relatives. The Finnish deal comes as ITV orders a new season of the show, and TLC in the US extends its latest season order after the success of the first eight […]

Baker moving to the UK for EasyTrack

Rights management business EasyTrack is setting up in the UK, with former Foxtel acquisitions boss Alison Baker to run the London office. EasyTrack is a Sydney-based software firm, and its service allows content companies track rights, sales, acquisitions and reporting. It was created in 2008 by former Southern Star exec Christian McGowan. Baker will relocate […]

Foxtel orders Picnic at Hanging Rock series

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel has ordered an original drama, Picnic at Hanging Rock, with FremantleMedia attached to produce and distribute, and has extended its agreement with HBO. The 6x60mins drama is currently in pre-production at FremantleMedia Australia following investment from Screen Australia. It follows the aftermath of the mysterious disappearance of three schoolgirls and […]

Report: Seven to exit SVOD joint venture

Seven West Media is set to pull out of its joint venture subscription video-on-demand platform Presto, according to local reports. Rather than agreeing a full financial year agreement for the service with JV partner Foxtel, Seven Network’s parent reportedly has opted for a six month budget. The Australian reports Presto is under “extreme pressure” from […]

News brief: Tricon racks up Aussie sales

Canada-based distributor Tricon has sold several of its shows into Australia. Pay TV group Foxtel has bought a factual package that includes filmmaking doc series Reelside, aircraft restoration series The Restorers, and Independence USA, about a family seeking to live off the grid. In other Australian sales, NITV, the SBS-managed net for indigenous viewers, picked […]

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 […]