ITV Studios GE sells 500 hours down under

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold a raft of lifestyle and factual titles, including Come Dine With Me Canada (pictured), to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand.
April 2, 2013

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold a raft of lifestyle and factual titles, including the Canadian version of Come Dine With Me (pictured), to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand.

In Australia, Foxtel picked up 360 hours of lifestyle to air on The LifeStyle Channel, LifeStyle Food, LifeStyle Home and LifeStyle You. Titles include the seventh season of the UK version of Come Dine With Me (51 x 30 minutes); season two of the Canadian version, produced by Proper Television (80 x 30 minutes); and season two of South Africa’s Come Dine With Me, produced by Rapid Blue (10 x one hour).

Additionally, Foxtel acquired a number of titles produced by ITV Studios and ITV Studios America, including Hell’s Kitchen USA series 11 ( 22 x one hour), Four Weddings UK series four (13 x one hour), May The Best House Win series five (30 x one hour), UK Abroad (20 x one hour), and Four Houses USA (7 x one hour).

ABC in Australia acquired a 100-hour programming package, including The Audience, produced by The Garden (7 x one hour); ob doc Her Majesty’s Prison: Aylesbury (2 x one hour); River Monsters series four and five; and Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan (8 x one hour).

Meanwhile, variety show Saturday Night Takeaway series 10 (7 x 80-minutes) has been picked up by both TVNZ in New Zealand and Australia’s Network Ten.

“The number of hours acquired by leading broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand in these latest deals is a fantastic illustration of the breadth and quality of the ITVS GE portfolio,” said Augustus Dulgaro, ITVS GE’s senior VP for Asia Pacific.

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