SBS International to shutter
SBS International, the distribution arm of Australian broadcaster SBS, is scheduled to close on June 30. By month’s end, the Australian broadcaster will reconfigure its distribution business to shutter its in-house sales division, and instead appoint a number of sales agents to manage the company’s existing slate.
The Australian distribution house previously handled the sales of such series as Mint Pictures’ Breaking the Silence, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder’s Go Back to Where You Came From, 1Giant Leap’s What About Me? and SBS Australia’s Poh and Co. It has also handled such lifestyle franchises as Kismet’s Food Safari franchise, No Roles for Sam’s Unplanned America and SBS Australia’s Destination Flavour.
“SBS is continuously working hard to ensure it maximizes the value of its modest resources on programs and services which deliver on our charter in an increasingly digital environment for media consumption,” said an SBS spokesperson in a statement. “SBS has enjoyed great success in selling content rights in international markets for our big programs such as Go Back To Where You Came From and Luke Nguyen’s series’, and there continues to be opportunities to sell rights abroad. However, we have identified that it will be more effective to utilize external sales agents with specific expertise in our focus areas and proximity to global markets.”
Twofour’s “The Jump” lands in Slovenia
Slovenian broadcaster Planet TV – part of the Antenna Group – has ordered a localized adaptation of primetime entertainment format The Jump (pictured) from UK producer Twofour/GroupM Entertainment.
Originally produced for UK pubcaster Channel 4, The Jump sees a group of celebrities head to the mountainside to compete in a series of open-air alpine challenges. Contestants are trained by expert coaches and Olympians in a variety of winter sports, including luge, skiing, skeleton, slalom and ski jumping.
The series has been commissioned for a 30 x 60-minute season, which is slated to bow later this year. The deal was brokered by Twofour Rights sales executive Reka Gaspar and marks the distribution arm’s first major format deal in Slovenia.