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Topic acquires Australian doc programs ahead of November launch

ABC Commercial, Australian pubcaster ABC’s global distribution arm, has finalized deals with upcoming streamer Topic to send a raft of its programs to the SVOD’s North American subscribers. The deal covers ...
October 31, 2019

ABC Commercial, Australian pubcaster ABC’s global distribution arm, has finalized deals with upcoming streamer Topic to send a raft of its programs to the SVOD’s North American subscribers.

The deal covers comedy and documentary titles including the feature-length doc China’s Artful Dissident, about Chinese-Australian political cartoonist and activist Badiucao, who creates street art that has attracted threats to the artist from Chinese authorities.

Other titles include comedian Hannah Gatsby’s comedic art history docuseries Hannah Gadsby’s Nakedy Nudes and Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, along with scripted comedy series from the pubcaster.

All ABC content included in the deal will be available to stream on Topic soon after launch on Nov. 21.

“Topic is dedicated to acquiring and producing compelling content that sits at the forefront of culture. We’re very excited to work with ABC Commercial to add this collection of hit Australian programming to the Topic platform for our subscribers,” said Jennifer Liang, Topic’s senior director of acquisitions, in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Topic to bring these ground-breaking Australian programs to U.S. and Canadian audiences,” added Jessica Ellis, head of ABC content, sales and distribution. “These shows are excellent examples of the high-quality, original productions that sit within our robust portfolio of award-winning television content.”

Story updated Nov. 11 at 12:20 p.m.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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