Eureka Productions (The Voice, Drunk History, Australian Spartan, The Employables, Single Wives, The Chef’s Line) has struck a deal with Lionsgate to represent, sell and produce all Lionsgate entertainment formats and non-scripted series to broadcasters in Australia.
Paul Franklin and Chris Culvenor, both former Endemol Shine producers will operate alongside Lionsgate’s executive VP and head of worldwide alternative programming, Jennifer O’Connell, and president of international television and digital distribution, Peter Iacono.
Lionsgate unscripted slate includes Kevin Hart: What the Fit for YouTube, Music City on CMT, Norm MacDonald Has A Show which will launch on Netflix later this month, and You Kiddin’ Me, Kim Kardashian West-executive produced prank show for Facebook Watch.
Eureka and Lionsgate may also develop new formats.
Franklin and Culvenor said, “We’re delighted to be working with Lionsgate, a visionary leader in the development of creative ideas, for a broad range of networks and platforms. When it comes to unscripted content, U.S. and Australian audiences share very similar sensibilities and we’re looking forward to bringing Lionsgate’s growing catalogue of formats to Australia.”
“We’re delighted to partner with world-class developers and producers Paul and Chris to bring our premium unscripted series to Australia,” said Lionsgate’s O’Connell. “Our diverse content will have great appeal in this territory as we continue to expand our nonfiction television business globally.”
Iacono added, “Paul and Chris have exemplary track records and key relationships in the development, production, and distribution of highly successful, non-scripted television in Australia. Our new affiliation will enable us to extend our existing formats and create new formats to bring back to the U.S. and other international territories.”