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Rugby, WikiLeaks and chicken rescues sell for ABC Commercial

The commercial arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has racked up international sales for such factual fare as Cup of Dreams, Rare Chicken Rescue and WikiLeaks: The Forgotten Man (pictured).
December 21, 2011

The commercial arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has racked up international sales for such factual fare as the rugby doc Cup of Dreams, Rare Chicken Rescue and WikiLeaks: The Forgotten Man (pictured).

The 1 x 60-minute rugby doc was the first ABC commercial sale to the U.S.’ Universal Sports Network, where it screened in primetime in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup Final.

The 1 x 45-minute WikiLeaks special, part of the ‘Four Corners’ strand, sold to seven countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Channel 4 in the UK snapped up the half-hour Rare Chicken Rescue.

Also, Foxtel’s Bio Channel picked up more than 100 episodes of Australian Story, while Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific grabbed series two of Poh’s Kitchen.

“It is clear that overseas broadcasters are looking to ABC in Australia more and more for top quality entertainment and information-based programming,” said Lynley Marshall, director of ABC Commercial. “With another strong ABC Television slate promised for 2012 we will be looking to capitalize on our performance and the interest shown in ABC programming from around the world.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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