Foxtel Australia nabs “Food Fight Club,” “Secrets of War”

FremantleMedia International has penned a 450-hour content deal with Foxtel Australia that will give the latter pay-TV company a slate of factual titles. (Pictured: Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club)
August 6, 2014

FremantleMedia International has penned a 450-hour content deal with Foxtel Australia that will give the latter pay-TV company a slate of factual titles for its Bio, History, CI, Lifestyle and Arena channels.

Among the programming acquired by Foxtel are the first two seasons of the Ovation Studios-produced The Art of (26 x 30 minutes), which explores art forms such as tattoos, sushi and mixology, as well as the first two seasons of Morgan Spurlock’s A Day in the Life (16 x 30 minutes), which profiles figures such as Sir Richard Branson and Will.i.am.

Foxtel also picked up seasons one and two of dangerous romance-centered series Fatal Attraction (33 x 60 minutes) and Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (7 x 60 minutes), which offers a rare look at the American film industry, in addition to renewing TV rights for Russia’s War: Blood Upon the Snow (10 x 60 minutes), Egypt Unwrapped (8 x 60 minutes), and Secrets of War (13 x 60 minutes).

Meanwhile, lifestyle titles featured in the deal include the second season of the Fresh One-produced Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club (pictured; 4 x 60 minutes), which follows the culinary adventures of childhood friends Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty, as well as Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals (40 x 30 minutes) and Jamie’s Food Escapes (6 x 60 minutes).

Foxtel will also premiere the 21st season of the property series Escape to the Country (72 x 60 minutes) and the 12th season of the UK version of Grand Designs (11 x 60 minutes), both produced by Boundless.

Finally, the group has signed on for Project Runway: Under the Gunn (13 x 60 minutes) as well as the latest season of Project Runway (13 x 60 minutes).

“We have a long-standing, established relationship with Foxtel and are beyond pleased to be continuing our partnership with this new deal,” said Paul Ridley, SEVP of sales and distribution for Asia Pacific for FremantleMedia International, in a statement. “The number of hours of content taken highlights the quality of programming that sits within the FMI catalog.”

Fleur Fahey, GM of acquisitions for Foxtel, added: “This diverse range of popular series and programs are a great fit for our lifestyle, factual and general entertainment channels. Our continued strong relationship with FremantleMedia International gives us access to a fantastic line-up of quality content for our subscribers.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.