Foxtel Plans a Major Investment in Australian Content
Foxtel announced plans to double its investment in new Australian scripted, factual, lifestyle and entertainment programming by 2018.
According to Foxtel representatives, over the next three years Foxtel will build its drama slate to at least five major series each year, up from the current average of two. There will also be an increase in investment in new comedy programming. This will be made possible by a tripling of the money invested in scripted content each year.
Foxtel will also commission at least nine new premium entertainment and six new documentary series per year. The budget for factual programming will also triple.
Foxtel already produces a strong slate of Foxtel Original Series each year including Wentworth and Open Slather, as well as locally made hits Selling Houses Australia, Australia’s Next Top Model, The Real Housewives of Melbourne, Coast Australia, River Cottage Australia, and many others. The local slate will soon add highly anticipated drama A Place to Call Home and new Foxtel original series The Kettering Incident. Following today’s announcement, Foxtel will grow that line up even more with a series of new local dramas, factual and entertainment programs several of which are already in development.
Foxtel also announced plans to increase its investment in international programming both for its main platform and for Anytime, the on demand service which is available to all Foxtel subscribers at no additional cost. Anytime can be accessed by connecting an iQ box to the internet or via Foxtel Go.
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