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Foxtel unveils TV like never before

Media Release: Tuesday August 14 2018

Foxtel unveils TV like never before

· Foxtel in Live 4K reinvents entertainment and sport
· New iQ4 to deliver Australia’s only guaranteed Live 4K experience
· Foxtel’s Cricket in 4K brought to life in brilliant detail from Nov. 4

Foxtel today announced the launch of a new, dedicated, 4K live channel, heralding the next wave of change in Australian television. The arrival of Foxtel’s 4K channel is an Australian first, bringing with it a live 4K experience and an unprecedented way to enjoy sport, documentaries, movies and more through Australia’s only guaranteed 4K satellite signal.

Foxtel in 4K will launch in October on channel 444 and will come as part of a Foxtel Platinum HD or Foxtel Sports HD subscription for customers with an iQ4. At launch, the channel will start previewing 4K content – including live sport, documentaries, concerts and more, and over the next 12 months, Foxtel will continue to expand the selection of unique 4K content to its subscribers.

The news comes as Foxtel announces the arrival of the new iQ4 set top box. The iQ4 is Foxtel’s most advanced streaming set top and is designed to be continually upgraded with newer, smarter features that make finding and streaming your favourite Foxtel programming easier, while delivering the best in live television via Foxtel’s satellite service.

The new iQ4 will also enable subscribers with a compatible 4K TV to access Foxtel’s new 4K channel and enjoy Australia’s ultimate entertainment and sports service in HD and 4K UHD.

Foxtel in 4K arrives just in time for the November 4, Australia v. South Africa, Cricket ODI, which will kick off Foxtel’s sports coverage in 4K, bringing the sights of the game to fans like they’ve never seen it before.

The iQ4 marks the start of a new wave of innovations for Foxtel that will maximise the value of a Foxtel subscription. The iQ4 combines satellite delivery; incredible 4K programming via the 4K channel, along with a host of other linear channels, alongside a massive library of TV and movies to stream On Demand via the internet.

Patrick Delany, Foxtel CEO, said, “Innovation is in Foxtel’s DNA and we have continuously redefined entertainment for Australia putting us at the centre of connecting subscribers with the sports and the shows they love.”

“Today’s news is just the first step into a 4K future – this incredible experience will continue to expand as we bring even more sport and entertainment programming to life in guaranteed 4K, making the most of today’s ultra-modern 4K TVs. It’s TV like never before.”

Foxtel’s state-of-the-art satellite network will deliver Foxtel’s dedicated broadcast of 4K content to iQ4 set top boxes and is the only way to guarantee 4K delivery, every time.

Foxtel customers can learn more at foxtel.com.au/4K to be sure they’re up and running for when the curtain goes up on 4K and live Cricket in 4K.

-Brad

GOGGLEBOX AUSTRALIA IS BACK!

MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday August 1, 2018

GOGGLEBOX AUSTRALIA IS BACK!
Season 8 Premieres

Wednesday, August 29 at 7.30pm on Lifestyle
Thursday, August 30 at 8.30pm on Ten

Gogglebox Australia is back! Recently crowned Most Popular Entertainment Program at the 2018 TV Week Logie Awards, the now three-time Logie award winning show about people watching television will return to our screens first on Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel on Wednesday, August 29 at 7.30pm and the following day, Thursday August 30, at 8.30pm on Network Ten.

Hannah Barnes, Group General Manager Lifestyle, lifestyle.com.au Group, said: “Winning a Logie this year in the highly contested category of Most Popular Entertainment Program was particularly special. It shows that the Australian public is as passionate about Gogglebox as we are. We can’t wait to see what our Goggleboxer’s have to say about the wonderful world of television this season.”

Network Ten, Head of Comedy, Paul Leadon said: “Gogglebox returns for Season 8 with all our current cast members, and they’re all eager to share their unique insights on a full range of televisual delights. We last saw the gang in April, so there’ll be plenty of new shows for them to enjoy – or destroy – when they return in August.”

The eighth series of Gogglebox Australia will see all our favourite households returning to their lounges to critique the best and the worst of Australian television; bubbly Greek best friends Anastasia and Faye; cocktail-loving Wayne and Tom; the adorable and sports-crazy Jackson Family; the fun-loving and cricket-mad Delpechitra Family; vivacious friends Angie and Yvie; best mates Adam and Symon; dealers in Indigenous Art Mick and Di; the close-knit Dalton Family; happily married couple Lee and Keith; newly-weds Matty and Sarah Marie and their friend Jad; and the three generations of women in the Silbery Family.

Gogglebox Australia is an Endemol Shine Australia production for Foxtel and Network Ten.

Gogglebox Australia Season 8 will be available to stream On Demand following its broadcast on Foxtel’s Lifestyle channel. Seasons 1 – 7 are also available for those wanting to catch up on past episodes.

-Brad

FOXTEL AND WWE® EXTEND LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP TO AIR WWE PROGRAMMING LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE: Tuesday July 31, 2018

FOXTEL AND WWE® EXTEND LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP TO AIR WWE PROGRAMMING LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and STAMFORD, Conn., July 31, 2018 – Foxtel and WWE (NYSE: WWE) will extend their partnership into its 19th year with a new agreement to broadcast WWE programming live in Australia, including flagship shows Raw® and SmackDown®, as well as WWE’s live pay-per-views events.

Foxtel’s FOX8 will continue to air Raw live at 10.00am on Tuesdays and SmackDown live at 10.00am on Wednesdays. For the first time, FOX8 will re-air Raw on Tuesday nights in primetime and SmackDown on Wednesday nights in primetime, and FOX Sports will air one-hour versions of Raw and SmackDown in primetime each week. Both shows will be available On Demand following their broadcast.

“We are delighted to extend our long-standing partnership with one of the biggest brands in entertainment, and increase our WWE offering across both our linear channels and On Demand,” said Stephen Baldwin, Director of Foxtel Networks and On Demand. “WWE has such a passionate fan base in Australia, and Foxtel is pleased to be able to continue bringing this popular content to our customers.”

“Foxtel is a long-time, valued partner who shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This agreement allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment across Australia.”

Fans can also order all of WWE’s live special events on Foxtel pay-per-view channel Main Event, including WrestleMania®, SummerSlam®, Survivor Series® and Royal Rumble®. Additionally, new this year are WWE weekly highlight shows Afterburn® and Bottom Line®, which will be available On Demand on Foxtel Now.

-Brad

Mayans M.C. The next chapter in the award-winning FX Original series Sons of Anarchy

Media Release: Monday July 30, 2018

Mayans M.C.
The next chapter in the award-winning FX Original series Sons of Anarchy

Begins Wednesday September 5
Express from the US at 7:30pm AEST
Also available to customers On Demand

Mayans M.C., the highly-anticipated next chapter in Kurt Sutter’s award-winning Sons of Anarchy saga, will stream on Foxtel and screen on showcase, the home of FX Originals, from Wednesday, September 5 express from the U.S. at 7:30pm AEST.

Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp.

The series also stars Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Michael Irby, Carla Baratta, Antonio Jaramillo, Raoul Max Trujillo, Richard Cabral and Danny Pino. Recurring stars include Emilio Rivera, Frankie Loyal, Joseph Lucero, Vincent Rocco Vargas, Maurice Compte, Gino Vento, Tony Plana and Ada Maris.

Mayans M.C. was co-created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin James. Norberto Barba directs the first two episodes. The series is executive produced by Sutter and Barba, with James as Co-Executive Producer. The 10-episode first season is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

Sons of Anarchy is the highest-rated drama in FX history in the U.S. For viewers wanting to catch up on all seven seasons of Sons of Anarchy, every episode is currently available to stream through Foxtel On Demand on internet-connected iQ set-top-boxes and on streaming service Foxtel Now.

Foxtel’s showcase is the home of FX Originals featuring must-see programming including The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Snowfall and Pose as well as other cult following series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. showcase is also the exclusive home to Foxtel’s own award-winning original dramas, including Wentworth, A Place to Call Home, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Kettering Incident and Secret City, which continue to break new ground and win local and international praise.

-Brad

FOXTEL SIGNS MAJOR PRODUCTION DEAL WITH TIM MINCHIN ANNOUNCES LANDMARK CO-PRODUCTION WITH SKY U.K. UPRIGHT TIM MINCHIN TO STAR

Media Release: Monday July 23, 2018

FOXTEL SIGNS MAJOR PRODUCTION DEAL

WITH TIM MINCHIN

ANNOUNCES LANDMARK CO-PRODUCTION WITH SKY U.K.

UPRIGHT

TIM MINCHIN TO STAR

Foxtel, Sky UK, Screen Australia and Lingo Pictures today announced production of a landmark new series UPRIGHT, starring musician, comedian, actor and writer Tim Minchin.

The stellar team behind UPRIGHT includes the creator Chris Taylor, best known as a member of The Chaser team. Taylor and Minchin are writing the eight-part series alongside award-winning writer-actors Kate Mulvany (Fighting Season, Jasper Jones stage play) and Leon Ford (Offspring, No Activity). The Director is Matthew Saville (Please Like Me). Minchin will also write the music and is Executive Producer with Penny Win and Helen Bowden. Producers are Lingo Pictures’ Jason Stephens, Chris Taylor and Melissa Kelly (Hounds of Love).

The series will be made in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Screenwest and Create NSW are also investors.

A sharp-tongued and touching drama, UPRIGHT is the story of two misfits, thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, who forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.

Lucky Flynn (Minchin) hasn’t spoken to his family in years. He’s broke, distant and damaged. He’s also a gifted pianist, whose talent for music is matched only by his talent for self-destruction. When he learns that his mother has only days left to live, Lucky sets off in a hire car to drive the 4000 kilometres from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye to her, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world – a battered and scarred upright piano. But what should have been a straightforward drive across the Nullarbor soon becomes a test of Lucky’s emotional fitness, when he (quite literally) runs into Meg (Milly Alcock), a hilarious, tough-as-nails teenager, who we soon discover has plenty of scars and secrets of her own.

Production will begin in South Australia and Western Australia in October.

Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win said: “As part of Foxtel’s commitment to telling great Australian stories, we are delighted to be able to bring this wonderful adventure to the screen. We look forward to working with Tim Minchin and Lingo Pictures on what will be a wonderful showcase of Aussie talent.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan said: “Foxtel have proven their commitment to the production of premium Australian drama with Wentworth, The Kettering Incident and most recently the iconic Picnic at Hanging Rock which has had fantastic success locally and with international sales.

“UPRIGHT is a project that will also appeal in Australia and to the international market, with the hugely talented Tim Minchin on board to produce and star in the series. What attracted us to this series was the well-crafted young female protagonist, and work of the strong writing team including accomplished writer Kate Mulvany, and comedic writers Leon Ford and Chris Taylor. I have no doubt this moving and quirky comedy will resonate with audiences.”

SAFC Chief Executive Courtney Gibson said: “UPRIGHT brings together an extraordinary combination of creative talents to deliver what promises to be outstanding television. South Australia’s stunning locations will provide the perfect setting for this landmark production for Foxtel, which will be based at Adelaide Studios.”

Morwenna Gordon, Commissioning Editor Sky Comedy, said: “Sky Comedy is always striving to work with the best talent and on the most surprising, unique and beautifully crafted shows, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with the world class Tim Minchin on UPRIGHT. Alongside Milly Alcock (and a battered piano), we’re sure this is a road trip Sky customers will never forget.”

Tim Minchin said: “From the moment I heard about the idea for UPRIGHT, I knew it was the show I’d been waiting to make. I like stories that make me laugh and think and cry, I adore the landscapes of outback Australia, and I love music, and homecomings, and characters full of flaws. It’s awesome to be writing with this extraordinary team, and I’m looking forward to acting alongside Milly Alcock, who I think is a really special talent.”

Jason Stephens, Lingo Pictures, said: “There are not many shows I’ve enjoyed developing as much as UPRIGHT. It’s been a joy having Tim back home and working with our talented team of writers scripting this beautiful and funny show. Matt Saville’s direction always delivers something special so I can’t wait to start shooting and bringing this story to the Foxtel and Sky audiences.”

Lingo Pictures is currently producing Lambs of God for Foxtel, starring Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Game of Thrones) Sam Reid (Prime Suspect 1973) and Jessica Barden (The End of the F*****g World).

Production credit: UPRIGHT is a Lingo Pictures production for Foxtel and Sky UK, with major production investment from Foxtel and Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Financed with support from Create NSW and Screenwest. Rest of world sales are being handled by eOne.

-Brad

Foxtel launches brand new drama content every week

Media Release: Monday, July 9, 2018

Foxtel launches brand new drama content every week

Foxtel today announced a bold new programming strategy, which will see a new or returning drama series launch every single week. The move highlights the incredible line-up of television drama available to Foxtel customers, both on demand and across its suite of linear channels.

Featuring an unprecedented collection of brand new scripted drama series from Australia and around the world, the announcement cements Foxtel as Australia’s home of drama.

Kicking off this exciting new strategy is the much-anticipated HBO series Sharp Objects, starring multi-Oscar nominee Amy Adams, and from the director of the Emmy Award-winning series Big Little Lies.

Foxtel’s Director of Channels, Stephen Baldwin said: “Foxtel is the home of must-watch drama series and we are committed to bringing our customers a diverse range of content, both locally and from around the world.

“Our partnerships with HBO, FX, BBC and many other renowned distributors enable us to provide our customers with an exciting new drama series every week of the year, via our streaming service and linear channels.”

The stellar weekly drama line-up commences with the following:

July 9:
HBO’s highly-anticipated thriller series Sharp Objects premieres today, July 9, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Mondays at 11.00am, with a primetime encore at 8.30pm. Starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson and Australia’s own Eliza Scanlen in her breakout role as Adams’ half-sister, the eight-part series, based on the book by Gillian Flynn (bestselling author of Gone Girl) tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to cover the murders of two young girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

July 19:
The eighth season of hit legal drama series Suits launches on July 19, screening on Universal TV on Thursdays at 8.30pm. Joining the series this season is Katherine Heigl, who stars as powerhouse attorney Samantha Wheeler. Suits centres on a Manhattan corporate law firm led by legendary lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), his intelligent but delicate partner, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) and secretary-turned-COO Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty). After surviving leadership turmoil and the loss of key partners, the trio continue to tackle top corporate cases with the support of formidable Alex Williams (Dule Hill) and the talented Katrina Bennett (Amanda Schull). After muscling her way in to the firm, Samantha Wheeler (Heigl) joins the ranks and challenges the status quo.

July 23:
Brand new drama series Patrick Melrose starring Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch premieres on July 23, screening on BBC First on Mondays at 9.30pm. This five-part series is based on the acclaimed novels by Edward St. Aubyn and tracks Patrick Melrose (Cumberbatch) from a privileged but deeply traumatic childhood in the South of France, through severe substance abuse in his twenties in New York and ultimately, towards recovery back home in Britain. At once harrowing and hilarious, Cumberbatch stars as the troubled, titular character.

July 26:
The latest installment in Ryan Murphy’s hit series, American Horror Story: Cult launches on July 26. Screening on showcase on Thursdays at 8.30pm, the whole season can also be watched in its entirety on demand from July 26. The 11-part horror drama stars Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourde, Evan Peters and guest stars include Lena Dunham. The series is set in the fictional city of Brookfield Heights – a city that is left divided by the 2016 presidential election. Local resident Ally (Sarah Paulson) is distraught by Trump’s victory, while fellow resident Kai (Even Peters) rejoices at the results. In the months following, Kai begins running for city government, while Ally is terrorized by masked clowns. Those close to her struggle to decide whether the attacks she alleges are real or merely anxiety-fuelled hallucinations.

July 27:
The sixth season of the hit series Orange is the New Black starts on July 27, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Fridays at 5.00pm. The series follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with a drug runner, Alex (Laura Prepon), results in her arrest and a 15 month long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes about herself and the world at large.

July 30:
Brand new ten-part fantasy series Siren premieres on July 30, streaming on demand and screening on Fox8 on Mondays at 8.30pm. Legend has it that Bristol Cove was once home to mermaids. Now, this coastal town has a mysterious new visitor named Ryn (Eline Powell), who may prove the stories to be true. Ryn catches the eye of local marine biologist Ben (Alex Roe), while other townfolk become suspicious of the new resident. The battle between man and sea then takes a dangerous route, as these predators seek to claim their birthright.

August 7:
The third season of animated HBO series Animals premieres on August 7, streaming on demand and screening on The Comedy Channel on Tuesdays at 9.00pm. The brand new installment in the edgy half-hour series focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least habitable environment: New York City. Whether its lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or ageing bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

August 13:
Fear the Walking Dead 4B, the second half of the series’ fourth season, launches on August 13, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Mondays at 1.30pm with a primetime encore at 7.30pm. In the back half of the season, the characters will explore who they are now – as individuals and as part of the greater group – and how they will forge ahead. They will find themselves pitted against new adversaries – human, walker, and even nature itself. Theirs will be a journey wrought with danger, love, heartbreak, loss, and ultimately, hope. The series stars Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Maggie Grace and Jenna Elfman.

August 19:
The sixth and final season of Foxtel’s hugely popular drama series A Place to Call Home premieres on August 19, streaming on demand and screening on showcase on Sundays at 8.30pm. The 10-episode season will take the much-loved characters in to 1960 – and will be brought to life by award-winning actresses Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst, along with Brett Climo, Abby Earl, Craig Hall, Sara Wiseman, Tim Draxl, Frankie J Holden, Deborah Kennedy, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood and David Berry.

-Brad

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