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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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