Pre-MIPTV presales for TCB Media

TCB Media Rights has presold a trio of its new shows ahead of MIPTV. The UK-based distributor has shopped Arrow Media and Handel Productions’ one-hour docs Definitive Guides: Extreme Sea Monsters and New Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle (pictured) to RMC Découverte in France, N24 in Germany, and SBS and Foxtel in Australia. TCB founder and […]

Freudenstein exits Foxtel

Rumours Richard Freudenstein would leave his post as CEO of Australian pay TV giant Foxtel have been confirmed with the news he is exiting “to pursue other interests”. News Corp Australia CEO Peter Tonagh, who was previously Foxtel’s CFO and COO for nine years, will succeed Freudenstein as chief executive. Freudenstein’s departure has been expected […]

Foxtel ‘plots own streaming device’

Australian pay TV giant Foxtel is reported to be planning to launch a streaming device that would offer free and paid-for services. Billed by the Australian Financial Review as an “Apple TV-style streaming device”, the product could potentially offer Foxtel’s online streaming service Foxtel Play. The device would compete with Telstra TV, a television set […]

Twofour racks up Oz and Kiwi sales

UK-based Twofour Rights has shopped a raft of programming to buyers in Australia and New Zealand. Free TV net Nine has bought Indus Films-produced Feeding the Super Rich and Feeding The Super Rich Christmas special and Boomerang-produced one-off fact-ent show Million Pound Movers. Pay TV outfit Foxtel has acquired Alex Polizzi shows Alex Polizzi’s Secret […]

Foxtel CEO joins Ten board

Foxtel CEO and managing director Richard Freudenstein has joined the board of Australian commercial channel Ten Network as a non-executive director. This comes after News Corp-backed Foxtel bought into Ten Network Holdings, which was at the time cash-strapped following a period of poor ratings, earlier this year. Freudenstein’s appointment is effective today, and comes as […]

Foxtel, UKTV chart NASA’s Greatest Achievements

Foxtel in Australia and Britain’s UKTV are among prebuyers of upcoming space documentary NASA’s 10 Greatest Achievements. Al Arabiya in the Middle East has also bought the show, which goes out in 2016 and is from UK indie Free Spirit Film & Television. Espresso Media International sells the show internationally and closed the new deals. […]

Broadcasters buy into Lego’s secret doc

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired The Secret World of Lego, the one-off doc that goes inside the toy manufacturers headquarters. The show is produced by UK indie Waddell Media and distributed by Cineflix Rights, which has struck the new international deals. In the US National Geographic has acquired the show. In Europe Cineflix […]

Telstra ‘weighing Foxtel stake sale’

Australian telco Telstra is reportedly considering selling its 50% stake in local pay TV market leader Foxtel. The Australian Financial Review reports Telstra would be willing to shed its stake at the right price, concerned by new competitors such as Netflix offering content at lower rates. Its joint venture partner, News Corp, is believed to […]

Foxtel’s Ten investment given greenlight

Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board has okayed Foxtel’s investment in commercial broadcaster Network Ten. The FIRB has told Ten it will not oppose the deal, which will see local pay TV market leader Foxtel becoming a 15% shareholder in free-to-air rival Ten, with the latter concurrently taking a 24.99% share in Foxtel-backed ad firm Multi […]

Ten posts A$312m loss

Network Ten in Australia has posted a full-year net loss of A$312.2 million (US$226.5 million), though a glimmer of hope was found in its improving television revenues. Though the loss was almost double the A$168.3 million posted last year, television revenues at parent Ten Network Holdings were up A$629.3 million, and underlying EBITDA was up. […]

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