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Netflix & ABC conspire to create thriller

Netflix and Australian pubcaster the ABC are once again working together, this time on a short-run political conspiracy drama. The pair has commissioned Banijay Group-owned Screentime to produce the six-part Pine Gap, with Greg Haddrick attached as showrunner. Netflix will take exclusive worldwide SVOD rights, with the ABC taking Australia. The South Australian Film Corporation […]

Fox scoops UK Wolf Creek as Outcast goes big

Fox UK has bought Wolf Creek, the Australian series based on the eponymous horror movie series. The deal hands Fox the UK rights to the six-part series, and the pay TV channel will launch it on August 30, in a 10pm slot. Wolf Creek is distributed by Zodiak Rights, which struck the deal. It follows […]

Irish Screentime exits Banijay fold

Banijay Group’s Screentime ShinAwiL has been sold back to the Irish prodco’s management. CEO Larry Bass has taken 100% control after a mutually-agreed share buyback. Further to that, the firm will revert to its original name, ShinAwiL. Banijay International will continue selling ShinAwiL programming internationally, with the prodco continuing to sell Banijay formats in Ireland. […]

Wolf Creek remake is Stan’s debut original

Australian SVOD platform Stan is getting into the originals game by working up a pair of drama series. The first is Wolf Creek, an adaptation of the Australian horror film that’s now in development, while the other is titled Enemies of the State. The news comes just weeks before Netflix enters the Australian market, and […]

UK’s More4 acquires Oz’s ANZAC Girls

UK channel More4 has acquired Australia World War I miniseries ANZAC Girls from All3Media International. The show follows a group of young Australian and New Zealand female nurses in 1915 as they experience the horrors of Gallipoli’s war fields in Europe. The Screentime-produced series is currently airing on ABC in Australia. “This war-time drama, told […]

Popstars returns to Denmark after a decade

Music reality format Popstars is returning to Danish screens after ten years away. SBS Discovery has commissioned Banijay-owned Nordisk Film TV to produce a local adaptation for Kanal 5, and casting is already underway ahead of an autumn 2014 launch. The format previously ran for four seasons on Danish channel TV2 between 2001 and 2004, […]

Des Monaghan leaving Screentime

Des Monaghan is leaving Screentime, the Australian production business he founded 18 years ago. Monaghan is a well known figure in the international TV business with numerous production credits including the Underbelly franchise. Screentime was acquired by Banijay in late 2012 and Monaghan will step down as executive director at the end of May. He […]

Screentime poaches ABC ents boss, promotes Steel

Banijay-owned Australian producer Screentime has poached ABC Television’s head of entertainment to become its new non-fiction boss. Jennifer Collins has resigned from her post and taken on the role of head of non-fiction at Screentime, which was recently commissioned by ABC to create three-hour factual series The Flying Miners (WT). Simultaneously, Screentime has promoted executive […]

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 […]

Nine preps Underbelly spin-off

Australia’s Network Nine is working on Fat Tony and Co, a spin-off of its crime drama franchise Underbelly. The nine-part miniseries will feature a number of original Underbelly cast members and tell the story of real life Australian crime lord Tony Mokbel, who eventually arrested in an Athens café after fleeing to Greece. Banijay-owned Screentime […]