Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International is teaming up former Fox Networks Group president David Haslingden to launch a local production outfit, Keshet Australia.
The company will be jointly owned by Keshet International and Haslingden’s indie Northern Pictures, and will bring the Israeli producer’s slate of 50 scripted and unscripted TV properties to the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Last year, Haslingden stepped down as president and COO of the Fox Networks Group to establish a super-indie, purchasing Northern Pictures, NHNZ and Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, as first revealed by realscreen in February. While the super-indie was unnamed at launch, it has now been given the name RACAT.
Keshet Australia will be jointly overseen by Haslingden and Keshet International’s MD Alon Shtruzman. Northern Pictures will own the rights to the programs, which will be produced under the Keshet Australia banner.
“Keshet’s growth over the last five years has been unrivaled and we are confident Keshet Australia will replicate that success here,” Haslingden said in a statement. “Keshet is one of the best in the game of scripted and unscripted television, and Northern Pictures has a strong reputation in Australia with deep industry contacts, plus a New Zealand link through sister company NHNZ – it’s an ideal match.”