Exclusive: Season Seven of Australia’s Next Top Model will be produced by Shine Australia in conjunction with Sarah Murdoch’s Room 329 Productions.
Shine’s winning of the contract follows a call for submissions following a decision not to renew the brand with Granada Australia.
It won the right to produce the series after FremantleMedia Australia and Southern Star Endemol were two of three short-listed production houses. SSE is understood to have had concerns about the terms of the contract and withdrew their interest.
Shine Australia’s bid will openly align host and Executive Producer Sarah Murdoch with her sister-in-law Elisabeth Murdoch, who owns parent company Shine International.
Shine Australia has had a strong debut year of production muscling its way into the independent production sector under former FMA bosses Mark and Karl Fennessy. It has enjoyed everything from hits such as Junior MasterChef to misses such as The Boss is Coming to Dinner.
Granada Australia produced ANTM for six seasons before its 2010 finale suffered a major technical hiccup that resulted in Murdoch naming the wrong winner of the show. She later admitted no name had been supplied at the crucial moment, so she announced the last name she had been given.