Sky New Zealand stares into Hard Sun & eyes American Gods

Sky New Zealand has acquired new pre-apocalyptic BBC drama Hard Sun, as well as Starz and Amazon drama American Gods and Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. All three series count FremantleMedia International as their distributor, and each will play on Sky’s SoHo basic tier channel following the new deal. Hard Sun, which comes from Luther […]

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

Stan OTT service is on Good Behavior

Australian streaming service Stan has acquired US drama series Good Behavior. The SVOD service scooped Australian rights from Turner, which distributes the series and launched it internationally at MIPCOM. The show recently debuted on Turner’s TNT cable net in the US. The thriller follows a thief and con artist (Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery) who is […]

SoHo dropped as Foxtel encourages Binge viewing

Australian pay giant Foxtel is moving premium programming currently on its SoHo drama channel to its Showcase network, while launching a channel targeted at binge viewers. As of October 1, Binge will replace SoHo on the EPG offering curated seasons of shows such as Arrow (pictured), The Flash, Supergirl, Pretty Little Liars, Empire, Californication and […]

Amazon scores Fear the Walking Dead

Amazon Prime Instant Video Germany has picked up the sought-after SVOD rights for upcoming zombie drama Fear the Walking Dead from distributor Entertainment One Television. The show debuts in the US and internationally on AMC and AMC Global, respectively, on Sunday (August 23) as a companion piece to US cable’s biggest show, The Walking Dead. […]

Foxtel launches premium entertainment arm

Australian pay provider Foxtel has appointed Graham Burrells to head a new premium entertainment division. Burrells will be head of premium entertainment, managing drama channels Showcase and SoHo, The Comedy Channel and the soon-to-launch BoxSets network, which will run major HBO scripted series following an agreement in 2012 that saw Foxtel become the sole Australian […]

News brief: Fargo goes to SoHo

New Zealand premium drama channel SoHo has acquired the upcoming TV remake of feature film Fargo. The ten-part crime drama, which MGM Television and FX Productions are creating for FX in the US and for which MGM is global distributor, will launch in New Zealand in May. Fargo is an original adaptation to the Coen […]

SBS6 to remake prison drama Wentworth

SBS6 in Holland is set to become the second international broadcaster to remake Australian women’s prison drama Wentworth for a local audience. The show will premiere on March 6 with producer FourOne.Media, which is a part of the FremantleMedia International family that sells the format, attached to produce. The Dutch-language show will be known as […]

The Writers’ Room sells in 114 territories

The first season of Sundance Channel’s The Writers’ Room has been sold into over 114 territories. The series, hosted by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Jim Rash, takes viewers inside the writers room of popular television shows, and has been picked up in Australia by ABC, Sky’s SoHo in New Zealand, Sky Italia and Spain’s DTS. Electronic […]

Wentworth getting German remake

German broadcaster RTL has ordered a local-language remake of Australian women’s prison drama Wentworth. The deal, scored with distributor FremantleMedia, marks the first time Wentworth will be remade outside of Australia. RTL-owned producer UFA will create a 10-episode series for RTL, with production beginning in Berlin in March 2014. The format will follow the “same […]