Game of Thrones preps global launch

It seems no viewers will be left behind when Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

US premium cable channel HBO has revealed that the hit fantasy drama will debut simultaneously in more than 170 countries around the world on Sunday, April 12.

The entire fifth season will air at the same time on HBO-branded networks and partners worldwide through its ten-week run.

They include HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, HBO Netherlands, and HBO Nordic.

Also included are M-Net in Africa, Australia’s Foxtel, Telenet in Belgium, Orange in France, Iceland’s 365 Media, DBS in Israel, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, and Sky New Zealand, Betv in Belgium, Intervision in Greece, Amedia in Russia, and DTS in Spain.

Game of Thrones is based on George RR Martin’s fantasy series A Song Of Ice and Fire, where political and sexual intrigue abound as seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Foxtel’s FX adds Kingdom

Mixed martial arts (MMA) drama Kingdom is heading down under.

Kingdom

Kingdom

Foxtel has picked up the series for its FX network, with its launch scheduled for April 7.

Against the backdrop of the sport, Kingdom follows the owner of a MMA gym and the characters who train there.

Created and executive produced by Byron Balasco, the cast includes Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, and Joanna Going.

It is commissioned by DirecTV in the US for its Audience Network.

Foxtel locks up more Wentworth

Australian prison drama Wentworth will return for a fourth season.

Wentworth

Wentworth

Foxtel has announced that the FremantleMedia Australia production will begin filming a new 12-part run in the second half of this year.

It is likely to air in Spring 2016.

Season three finished production in August last year and will premiere on Foxtel’s SoHo channel on April 7.

The series is distributed by FremantleMedia International.

Foxtel counts down to Deadline Gallipoli

Here’s the first look at the new Australian miniseries Deadline Gallipoli.

Deadline Gallipoli

Deadline Gallipoli

The four-hour series (fka The Gallipoli Story) looks at the legend of Gallipoli from the viewpoint of four war correspondents, whose defiance changed the course of the campaign from its beginnings in Cairo to the evacuation nine months later, and the legacy of the journalists in 2015.

It stars Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Ewen Leslie, and Joel Jackson.

Deadline Gallipoli is produced by Matchbox Pictures and Full Clip Productions. It is due to air on Foxtel’s Showcase in April.

Hey Presto! Showtime, HBO hits head down under

A host of Showtime and HBO dramas are heading down under after a landmark deal with new VoD platform Presto Entertainment.

HBO shows including The Sopranos, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers, The Newsroom, True Blood, The Pacific, and Six Feet Under are included in the deal, alongside Showtime series Dexter, The Borgias, Californication, Deadwood, Nurse Jackie, and Ray Donovan.

Presto is a 50:50 joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media.

Outlanders lands in Europe

Networks across Latin America and Europe have snared rights to Outlander.

Outlander

Outlander

The series launched on Starz in the US this summer and has been renewed for a second season.

It has now been sold to online platform Clarovideo in Latin America, which is present in 14 countries across the region. Subscribers will have access to the show in mid-2015.

In Europe, it has been acquired by Viaplay in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, HBO Nederland, 365 Media in Iceland, VRT in Belgium, and RTE in Ireland.

Outlander was previously sold to Foxtel’s SoHo channel in Australia, and Chinese online platform Sohu.

The series follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 and into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited and Claire is soon torn between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

The series was developed by Ronald D Moore, who executive produces with Jim Kohlberg. It is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining and Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

SPT has distribution rights.

Gracepoint travels to Canada, Australia

The US adaptation of hit crime drama Broadchurch has been picked up for audiences in Canada and Australia.

Gracepoint

Gracepoint

Global TV and Foxtel have acquired Gracepoint, Fox’s ten-part series that is set to expand on the original series with new storylines adding to the existing narrative.

When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of the town’s residents.

The cast includes David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Nick Nolte, and Jacki Weaver.

Gracepoint is sold internationally by Shine International.

It is produced by Shine America in association with Kudos Film and Television and Imaginary Friends. The executive producers are Anya Epstein, Dan Futterman, Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, Jane Featherstone, John Goldwyn, and Carolyn Bernstein. Futterman and Epstein are the showrunners.

Foxtel brightens up with The Flash

The Flash will headline Foxtel’s acquisitions slate for 2014/15.

The Flash

The Flash

The superhero drama, picked up from Warner Bros International Television Distribution, will join fellow CW series Jane the Virgin down under. The latter was bought from CBS Studios International (CBSSI).

Both series will launch on Foxtel’s Fox8 in December.

Other Foxtel pick-ups include The Messengers, from CBSSI; Penny Dreadful, also from CBSSI, which will air on Showcase from November.

New USA Network drama Rush, sold by 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, will debut on Foxtel’s SoHo, also in November.

HBO series The Leftovers and Olive Kitteridge will also travel to Australia as part of Foxtel’s output deal with the US premium cable channel. They have been earmarked for Showcase, with the latter, a four-part miniseries, scheduled to air in 2015.

Foxtel’s slate is completed by Cinemax’s period medical drama The Knick, airing on Showcase in December, and WE TV’s The Divide, from AMC Networks, premiering on SoHo in November.

Foxtel binges on BoxSets

Australian pay TV platform Foxtel is launching a new channel dedicated to drama series.

Foxtel

Foxtel

Foxtel BoxSets will offer live and anytime access to complete seasons of shows such as seasons one to four of Game of Thrones, all six seasons of The Sopranos, and seasons one to five of Big Love.

Other dramas available include two season of The Newsroom, two seasons of Rome, Band of Brothers, and Wentworth.

Foxtel BoxSwets launches on November 3.