Paramount+ extends Helium’s ‘Last King Of The Cross’

Paramount+ in Australia has greenlit a second season of Last King Of The Cross. The show is produced by Mark Fennessy’s 18-month-old prodco Helium, with its first 10-part season becoming Paramount+’s most watched Australian series premiere of 2023. It has been inspired by John Ibrahim’s autobiography and charts his rise from a poverty-stricken immigrant with […]

Seven in Oz plots ‘Ultimate Escape’ with Finland’s Rabbit Films & Helium

Seven Network in Australia has ordered a local version of Finnish format Ultimate Escape from Mark Fennessy’s Helium Pictures. The Aussie show is based on the Rabbit Films format and sees teams of Australians race the clock and each other in a high stakes search and rescue operation in tough but beautiful terrain. The commission […]

TBI’s 2023 Predictions: Mark Fennessy, founder, CCO & chair, Helium

As the new year gets underway, TBI talks to some of the biggest names in the global TV industry to get their thoughts on the major trends and best shows coming up in the next 12 months. Here, Mark Fennessy, founder, CCO and chair of Australian indie Helium, talks adventure shows, Alone and Apple’s acquisition […]

Sky snags European rights to Paramount+ drama ‘Last King Of The Cross’

Sky has picked up buzzy MIPCOM drama Last King Of The Cross across its European footprint. The Australian drama, which is produced by Mark Fennessy’s year-old prodco Helium, will air exclusively on Sky Atlantic in Italy, the UK, Ireland and Germany. The 10-part series is sold by Cineflix Rights and was produced for Paramount+ in Australia. It was […]

Mark Fennessy’s Helium appoints former Seven boss as CEO

Recently launched Australian indie Helium has appointed former Seven Studios Group boss Therese Hegarty as CEO. Hegarty most recently served as chief executive of Seven Studios Group, where she led company activity across Australian, UK and US offices in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Auckland and Los Angeles. She originally joined Seven in 2012 and took up the […]

Endemol Shine Oz alum Mark Fennessy launches scripted & factual firm Helium

Endemol Shine Australia co-founder Mark Fennessy has resurfaced a year after leaving the company with a new scripted and factual-focused production outfit. Helium will create and produce original content for all platforms, networks and mediums, with an initial slate that includes drama series Last King Of The Cross, which is in early pre-production for Paramount+. Crime […]