MasterChef Australia

Ex-ITV Studios producer joins Ten

Australia’s Network Ten has hired former ITV Studios Australia head of entertainment Hilary Innes. She will take up a currently unspecified position “a senior member of the executive production team,” reporting to chief programming officer Beverley McGarvey, the network revealed in a press release. Innes has worked on the Australian version of formats such as […]

Starz SVOD service to debut in MENA

Starz’s international subscription on-demand platform will makes its worldwide debut in the Middle East and North Africa. Starz Play Arabia launches on April 2 in 17 territories throughout the region, offering consumers premium content from the US cable channel on-demand. Starz developed its local offer with Parsifal Entertainment Group, with Maaz Sheikh, who was chief […]

Fennessys to exit Endemol Shine

Mark and Carl Fennessy will exit Endemol Shine Group later this year after deciding not to run the Australian wing of the global programming. The pair, currently Shine Australia co-CEOs, will leave the business upon completion of their current contracts, which end mid-way through 2015. This comes as Endemol Shine plans to merge the Shine […]

Ten silent on takeover talks

Network Ten’s has declined to provide an update on a potential ownership change, choosing to stay silent at its annual general meeting with shareholders. A deadline for Ten takeover bids expired recently, with the likes of Foxtel and Discovery understood to have posted offers, but Ten’s CEO and chairman Hamish McLennan told shareholders he had […]

News brief: Discovery takes Shine’s package

Discovery Latin America has acquired a 290-hour package of new and returning programming from UK-based distributor Shine International. Discovery Latin America has picked up the finished tape for Shine Group-produced titles including One Born Every Minute, MasterChef Australia and Biggest Loser alongside third party titles such as Bar Rescue, A Chance to Dance and Great […]

MasterChef Australia finale ratings hit all-time low

Three years after MasterChef Australia posted a record-breaking four million viewers, the Shine-produced show has scored just one million for the current season’s finale. According to OzTAM ratings data, just 1.06 million viewers tuned in to see the denouement of the cooking series on Network Ten, which meant Seven’s The X Factor and Nine’s Australia’s […]

SBS Oz poaches Ten exec for programming role

Australian multicultural pubcaster SBS has raided commercial terrestrial Network Ten for its network programme manager. Australian programming veteran Peter Andrews (left) joins as head of network programming to replace Jane Roscoe, who relocated to the UK in January to take on the role of head of international content for the pubcaster. Andrews will be responsible […]

Lifetime, H2 set for Southeast Asia launch

A+E Networks-owned channels Lifetime and H2 will launch across Southeast Asia on June 14. A+E’s local subsidiary AETN All Asia Networks announced the nets would launch on StarHub TV in Malaysia, True Visions in Singapore, PCCW-owned now TV in Hong Kong and Macau Cable TV in Macau. More carriage deals are set to follow. Female-skewing […]