US property series House Hunters International is setting its sights on the Australian market with Discovery announcing its first-ever format licence deal to a third party.
Leopard USA, part of the Argonon Group, has produced more than 1,800 episodes of the House Hunters brand for cable network HGTV. The series sees couples and families undertake an overseas move, viewing prospective properties and concluding with a house purchase.
Filming has taken place in over 167 countries and territories on six continents, including Australian-based episodes.
Producers are now looking to entice an Australian broadcaster with a local version.
“With the acquisition of legacy Scripps in 2018, Discovery Programming Sales has accelerated our efforts to bring global lifestyle formats to the international marketplace,” said Elliot Wagner, SVP, Program Sales, Discovery. “We are thrilled to be leading with one of our most beloved and well-traveled shows in House Hunters International and to be partnering with Leopard, whose expert knowledge of this global franchise will enable them to deliver a successful adaptation to our local broadcast partners.”
Argonon and Leopard USA CEO, James Burstall says: “We are delighted that Discovery has entrusted this important property to us as we evolve the brand into Australia. Leopard USA are the champions of this hit franchise. We have built an expert team over more than a decade and have bureau in Australia, London and New York dedicated to delivering it.”