BBC Studios, Australia’s Nine strike long-term natural history pact

BBC Studios and Nine have struck a long-term natural history partnership that will see the Australian network debuting a quintet of landmark series. Nine will have Australian premiere rights for five natural history offerings from the BBC Planet franchise and another project, for which details have not been announced. The projects included in the deal […]

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 […]

Seven wins Aussie ratings war

Seven Network has won the annual ratings battle fought by Australia’s commercial channels, beating fierce rival Nine into second and Ten into third. Seven won a 40.2%overall share in the 2013 ratings year, comfortably ahead of Nine with 37.4%. Third-ranked Ten had a 22.4% share through the ratings year. Nine did win the most viewers […]

Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

Canada/Oz kids pirate sails into production, Breakthrough attached

Canadian producer Atomic Cartoons and its Australian counterpart Sticky Pictures have started production on Pirate Express, a new animated pirate show for kids. The 52x11mins series was ordered by Canadian broadcaster Teletoon and Australian free to air network Nine. Canada-based Breakthrough Entertainment will sell the series in international markets. Aimed at 7-to-11s, the series follows […]

RTL and VTM get The Taste for Nigella cooking show

RTL4 in the Netherlands and VTM in Belgium have acquired format rights to The Taste and will make a joint version of the the cooking competition series from Red Arrow. The joint Dutch/Belgian version of The Taste will be made by Red Arrow-owned production company Sultan Sushi. It will launch this autumn. The original US […]