DLT ENTERTAINMENT SELLS SMASH-HIT AUSSIE SERIAL DRAMA NEIGHBOURS TO OXYGEN NETWORK
New York March 29, 2004: One of Australia’s most successful television programs,
Neighbours, is set to launch in America. DLT Entertainment Ltd, which represents
the show’s international distributor Fremantle International Distribution, an
arm of FremantleMedia, has sold the daily serial drama to US cable network,
Oxygen. The series is already broadcast in 55 countries around the world.
Neighbours will premiere on Oxygen beginning
on Monday April 19, 2004. The network will broadcast two half-hour episodes back
to back from 1pm to 2pm. US audiences will pick-up the story with the arrival of
the Scully family in Ramsay Street, Erinsborough - the fictional setting of the
“This is part of our aggressive
effort to bring British and Australian programming to US television screens,”
said Don Taffner, Jr., DLT Entertainment Ltd. VP.
“We have a long history of successfully
importing Australian programming and formats.” Other Australian series DLT has
imported over the years include Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo and more recently Bar
Car, produced for Showtime.
Now in its
18th year of production, and having celebrated its 4,000 episode last year,
Neighbours is produced by FremantleMedia’s Australian production company, Grundy
Television. The daily serial drama, which airs on Network 10 in Australia, and
is also a firm favorite on BBC1 in the UK, averages around 120 million daily
launched the careers of many who have gone on to internationally successful
music and acting careers including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Natalie
Imbruglia, and Guy Pearce. Even Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe made an
appearance in the soap!
Lisa Honig, VP
Sales, US and Canada for Fremantle International Distribution comments: “We are
thrilled to have secured this deal with Oxygen which marks another exciting
chapter in Neighbours’ phenomenal international success story. Oxygen has
scheduled Neighbours in an excellent slot, following-on from lead-in show
Roseanne, one of the networks’ top rated programs.”
For further information, please contact
Henri Bollinger: 818-784-0534.
DLT Entertainment Ltd. is
a New York and London based company engaged in every aspect of television
distribution and production in the US, the UK and around the world, as well as
stage production in the US and in the UK.
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