Nine Entertainment

Carl Fennessy & Hugh Marks launch Dreamchaser, new Australian producer & distributor

Endemol Shine Australia co-founder Carl Fennessy and former Nine Entertainment CEO Hugh Marks are launching Dreamchaser, a new Sydney-based full-service production and distribution studio. Fennessy and Marks will serve as joint CEOs of the new firm, which will partner with established and emerging creators to develop “exceptional programming slates, cultivate distinctive creative identities and bring […]

Aussie streamer Stan names SBS exec as director of programming

Australian streamer Stan has hired the channel manager from domestic pubcaster SBS to oversee its content. Ben Nguyen becomes director of programming at the Nine Entertainment-owned streamer, which promoted Cailah Scobie to chief content officer in March. Nguyen had been with SBS for more than a decade, most recently overseeing SBS TV and SBS Viceland, […]

Stan names Cailah Scobie content chief, as Nick Forward moves to Dubai’s OSN

Australian SVOD service Stan is promoting Cailah Scobie to chief content officer, taking over from Nick Forward, who has landed a new role at Dubai pay-TV company OSN. Scobie, who is currently commercial director of content at Stan, will take on the role following Forward’s departure in May. The exec joined the streamer at launch […]

Aussie streamer Stan & Walter Presents strike exclusive ‘long-term’ drama pact

Aussie streamer Stan has struck an exclusive programming deal with global drama SVOD Walter Presents. The Nine Entertainment-owned service will gain first-run and exclusive access to shows from Walter Presents, with the “long-term deal” covering eight new programmes, which are launching on the platform this month. These include Peacemaker, Devil’s Throat, First Responders, Hide And […]

Nine Entertainment CEO Hugh Marks to retire next year

Hugh Marks has resigned as CEO of Australian media conglomerate Nine Entertainment. Marks announced his departure in an email to staff at the weekend in which he said that it was the right time to “begin the process of moving on” after leading the company, which owns broadcaster Nine Network and streaming service Stan, for […]

Nine Entertainment, Discovery explore new channel launch in Oz

Australian media giant Nine Entertainment is reportedly in talks to launch a new network in partnership with Discovery. The proposed channel will be called Rush and feature programming from Discovery, which is behind brands including Science Channel, Turbo and Animal Planet. Neither Nine nor Discovery confirmed the new channel plans but the Rush brand has […]

Aussie court approves Nine & Fairfax merger

An Australian federal court has approved the merger of Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, which would create the nation’s second largest media conglomerate after News Corp. The Sydney-based court ruled that it would approve Nine’s takeover of Fairfax on Tuesday. This is the last stage of regulatory approval, but it could still be challenged up […]

Nine and Fairfax announce $4bn merger

Commercial TV network Nine Entertainment this morning confirmed it had agreed a merger deal with one of Australia’s most venerable legacy media companies, Fairfax Media. The deal will see Nine take a controlling 51.1% stake in Fairfax, and will create a company with a combined market value of $4.2bn. The company will take the Nine […]

Nine records massive TV writedown

Nine Entertainment has made another writedown against the value of its free TV business after revenues declined in the last six months of 2016. The media group said it was making a A$260 million (US$200 million) write down in the wake of half year figures that showed a 5.3% slide in sales. Nine also had […]

Nine ends Warner Bros. deal as it posts profit

Australia’s Nine Entertainment has reported full-year profit of A$324.8 million, and has reached an agreement to end its output agreement with Warner Bros. Nine said it had managed to cut costs by A$62 million this year, despite an increase in sports rights costs, legal fees related to litigation with rival Seven Network and affiliate WIN, […]