Presto has announced its first local commission -somewhat surprisingly, it is a special event surrounding Home and Away.
Presto, a joint Foxtel / Seven venture, will screen Home and Away: An Eye For An Eye which centres on the Braxton family and will see the return of Dan Ewing (‘Heath’) and Lisa Gormley (‘Bianca’).
The production, to be shot in 4K, will also feature regular cast members including Bonnie Sveen (‘Ricky’), Kyle Pryor (‘Nate’), George Mason (‘Ash’), Isabella Giovinazzo (‘Phoebe’), Nic Westaway (‘Kyle’), Lynne McGranger (‘Irene’) and Pia Miller (’Kat’).
Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner said, “Home and Away is one of Australian television’s most loved, well known and watched franchise that has been running continuously for 28 years since 1988. Home and Away: An Eye For An Eye is the next exciting moment in the history of Home and Away and I am confident that it will be warmly embraced by the show’s massive fan base while exposing Home and Away to a potential new audience through Presto.
“Home and Away: An Eye For An Eye has been specifically crafted to retain viewer excitement across the summer months of the series but it will also appeal to new audiences as well.”
Presto Interim CEO Shaun James said: “We are delighted that this special event Home and Away: An Eye For An Eye is our first local commission for Presto’s streaming service – it really is the perfect vehicle with amazing heritage and provides fantastic cross promotional opportunities with our shareholder partner Seven to leverage one of the strongest brands on Australian television.
“Presto will be the only place for Australian audiences to be able to see Home and Away: An Eye For An Eye and it will be an on demand event not to be missed.”
Presto has not revealed how many episodes will comprise the event.