Sky Vision and Foxtel sign exclusive output deal

The partnership will see Sky Vision represent Foxtel’s original slate

Sky Vision, the distribution and production arm of Sky, has signed an exclusive output distribution deal with Australian subscription broadcaster Foxtel.

The partnership will see Sky Vision represent Foxtel’s original slate, in light of Foxtel ramping up development and commissioning across drama, lifestyle and factual. The titles will form part of Sky Vision’s international catalogue on an exclusive basis, with Foxtel managing distribution in Australia and New Zealand directly. This is the first time that the Australian broadcaster has partnered with a distributor in this way.

Kicking off the deal is the latest series from Australian food stylist, magazine editor, and best-selling author, Donna Hay (pictured) and her successful collaboration with Foxtel’s Lifestyle Food Channel.Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance is a masterclass on how to transform basic recipes and cooking techniques into brilliant dishes. The series also offers insight into Hay’s life outside the kitchen, and how she balances her lifestyle empire with family life.

In addition to this title, new projects coming down the line include a popular factual series following Lawrie Voitier (featured in Aussie Pickers) as he and his family demolish everything from heritage mansions to industrial warehouses, as well as Maggie Beer’s latest series, which the famous cook as she uncovers the delights of Japan’s unique culinary landscape. Both series will be made available by Sky Vision later this year.

Jane Millichip, managing director of Sky Vision, said: “Foxtel’s commitment to original programming is impressive, and we are delighted at Sky Vision to be able to represent them exclusively. The deal was borne out of a strong existing relationship and shared investment in, and exploitation of, quality entertainment.”

Ross Crowley, director of content and movies at Foxtel, said: “We look forward to working with our partners at Sky Vision, and broadening the viewership of Foxtel’s diverse slate of Australian productions, exposing our programming to a global audience.

“We are committed to producing original Australian stories for our customers and providing a wide range of content across lifestyle, drama and factual. We look forward to our successful Australian series finding new homes in other markets around the world.”

The deal was brokered by Barney Shingleton (director of factual and entertainment, Sky Vision), Kylie Munnich (director of drama and comedy, Sky Vision), Ross Crowley (director of content and movies, Foxtel) and Darren Distefano (content sales and distribution, Foxtel).

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