Australia’s WTFN hires Stephen Peters to head development

Australian indie WTFN has hired executive producer Stephen Peters as its new head of development. Peters has been working with the Melbourne-based prodco for close to a year as a contracted consultant, serving as an executive producer on its obs-doc series Sydney Harbour Force, which is being produced for Discovery Australia, New Zealand, and UK. […]

Show of the week: Mega Zoo

This animal-focused show highlights not just the ever-present interest in animals among viewers but also the adaptability and ingenious invention shown by producers during the pandemic. Filmed in Australia at Zoos Victoria’s three vastly different sites: first, there is the Melbourne Zoo on the city fringe; then the savannah of Werribee Open Range Zoo; and […]

TBI Weekly: Why co-productions matter in a Covid-19 world

Daryl Talbot, CEO and co-founder at Bondi Vet and Paramedics prodco WTFN, tackles the key questions facing producers around the world and explains why co-productions will emerge as a key tool in the survival kit. After approximately two months in lockdown, the focus now for most independent producers worldwide is two-fold: how quickly can I […]

News round-up: Oz ‘Living Room’ travels to US; CJ ENM & Bunim/Murray format deal; ZDF snags Covid-19 series

Dabl steps into WTFN’s ‘Living Room‘ WTFN-produced The Living Room is headed to the US on CBS-owned digital lifestyle network Dabl, thanks to a 120-hour content deal negotiated by Australia’s WTFN-owned distributor Fred Media. The long-running studio-based series, which was originally made by WTFN for Australia’s Network Ten, offers a “fresh entertainment spin” on lifestyle […]

Fred Media appoints former TCB, Cineflix exec for pre-sales and acquisitions

Australian distributor Fred Media has appointed former TCB Media MD Kate Lewellyn-Jones as a strategic consultant to bolster the company’s pre-sales and acquisitions division. Lewellyn-Jones was MD at TCB until early last year and before that SVP of sales and acquisition management at Cineflix. Her arrival comes two months after fellow TCB exec Mem Bakar […]

C4 commissions Vet on the Hill

Channel 4 has commissioned a new series of Vet on the Hill for its More4 service. The broadcaster has already shown one run of the show, which it acquired from Fred Media, the distribution arm of Australia’s WTFN. The second season is a commission and will run to twenty episodes for the UK digital channel […]

Vet on the Hill travels for WTFN

Channel 4 has picked up factual entertainment series Vet on the Hill for its More 4 service. The show is made by Australian prodco WTFN (Bondi Vet) out of the UK, and is distributed by the firm’s sales arm, Fred Media. It is WTFN’s first UK-made show as the prodco expands activity out its new […]