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Roadshow Films expands unscripted TV interests

Mad Max: Fury Road producer Roadshow Films, a division of Village Roadshow, has bolstered its interest in the unscripted television market by acquiring a 50% stake in Australian prodco Blink TV. Leading ...
May 29, 2017

Mad Max: Fury Road producer Roadshow Films, a division of Village Roadshow, has bolstered its interest in the unscripted television market by acquiring a 50% stake in Australian prodco Blink TV.

Leading Sydney-based Blink is industry executive Paul Clarke, the key creative behind Aussie pubcaster SBS’s successful Eurovision Song Contest (pictured) since 2009.

Clarke has led the negotiations of Australia’s high-profile involvement and entries into the international song competition.

The Blink executive has further led the SBS’s exploration of establishing the Eurovision Song Contest concept in the Asia-Pacific region, in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union.

Clarke’s production credits include hits such as Spicks and Specks, Long Way to the Top, Bombora: The History of Australian Surfing, Wide Open Road and Whitlam: The Power and The Passion.

Blink is currently in development on Eat Here with Matt Preston — an international culinary travelogue featuring renowned food journalist and television personality Matt Preston; and the Plimsoll Productions format A Home for A Dog: Hope for Those In Need, in which rescued canines are provided with their forever home.

Roadshow’s commercial manager Grahame Grassby will assist in the development of Blink’s series, formats and entertainment brands across the region.

“This investment in Blink TV is consistent with our strategy of expanding our production interests beyond scripted drama, positioning the company to capitalize on the increasing importance that unscripted formats and entertainment series have with broadcasters, subscription platforms and on multi-channel networks,” said Roadshow Films co-CEO Chris Chard in a statement.

“Roadshow has had a long relationship with Paul and we are greatly excited about Blink’s potential,” added Roadshow Films co-CEO Joel Pearlman. “Paul and his team boast outstanding production experience and we look forward to working with them to develop their strong slate in the unscripted production space.”

“Roadshow is an Australian entertainment success story, a company with enormous integrity, capable of working at the highest level in international film and television,” Blink’s Paul Clarke commented. “Our big vision is to bring the Eurovision brand to Asia, with the support of SBS and the EBU; and Roadshow has a strong track record of successfully releasing entertainment projects through Northern Asia.”

About The Author
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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