Global content creator Lionsgate has entered into strategic partnership with Australia- and U.S.-based format production company Eureka Productions.
The agreement will see Eureka exclusively representing and selling all Lionsgate entertainment formats and non-scripted series throughout Australia. Each series will be produced and creatively managed in Australia by Eureka on behalf of Lionsgate upon commission.
Eureka, led by co-CEOs Paul Franklin (pictured left) and Chris Culvenor (right), will work alongside Lionsgate’s EVP and head of worldwide alternative programming Jennifer O’Connell and president of international television and digital distribution Peter Iacono, along with their respective creative and distribution teams.
“Paul and Chris have exemplary track records and key relationships in the development, production, and distribution of highly successful, non-scripted television in Australia,” said Iacono, in a statement. “Our new affiliation will enable us to extend our existing formats and create new formats to bring back to the U.S. and other international territories.”
In Australia, Eureka has produced series for the Seven Network, Channel Ten, Channel Nine and SBS. The company has produced 12 series and more than 160 hours of programming in less than three years of operation.
Franklin’s executive producing credits include MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, The Voice and The Apprentice. Culvenore, meanwhile, has created and produced Restaurant Startup, Fake Off, The Chefs’ Line, The Employables, The Single Wives and Going Wild.