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The New York Times

What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Price of Everything’ and ‘Mars’

By Sara Aridi

November 12, 2018

An HBO documentary spotlights the role of art in the age of consumerism. And the space exploration series “Mars” returns on National Geographic.

What’s on TV

THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO. What defines one painter’s success and another one’s failure? Is the commercialization of art a boon to the industry or its death knell? The answers to these and other questions raised in this documentary depend on whom you ask — at least that’s what the film suggests. As curators, artists, auction house executives and critics reflect on the value of art in the age of consumerism, we see that the issue is rarely black and white. “If the artists are the heroes, the auctioneers, collectors and dealers aren’t exactly the villains,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “Their acquisitiveness might be an expression of love.”

CHINA FROM ABOVE 8 p.m. on Smithsonian. This new limited documentary series explores 40 locations across China with stunning aerial imagery, beginning with a look at dragon boat races that ring in the Chinese New Year and villagers who cross rivers by zip-lining.

MARS 9 p.m. on National Geographic. Season 2 of this part-fiction, part-documentary series that predicts how humans will come to live on Mars picks up in 2042, when astronauts have created a colony and need to turn to private funding. As the characters learn to cope with everyday problems on Mars, experts like Elon Musk, Bill Nye and Ellen Stofan explain how urgent issues we face on Earth today — glacial melting, a rising sea level — could crop up if humans build lives on Mars. The Season 5 premiere of STARTALK WITH NEIL deGRASSE TYSON, featuring Anthony Bourdain (who died in June), runs at 11.

THE CLEANERS (2018) 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Delete or ignore. Those are the two options the content moderators profiled in this documentary have as they sift through endless posts for social media giants like Facebook and Twitter. The revelations here are plenty: The so-called “cleaners” are young employees in an outsourced company in the Philippines. Their work — searching through child pornography, art, videos of beheadings and more — can be traumatizing. And their decisions can lead to dramatic consequences like the spread of fake news. As the moderators open up about the demands of their jobs, Silicon Valley executives and activists point to the dangers of outsourcing such vital work.

What’s Streaming

THE HEART GUY on Acorn TVThis Australian drama returns with Hugh (Rodger Corser) ready to head back to Sydney after his probation is up. But when a tragedy befalls his family, he wonders if he can ever really leave his small town, Whyhope.

PICK, FLIP & DRIVE on Facebook WatchThe Montana auto expert Jim Eli finds rustic classic cars and gives them a second life in this new series. At the end of each episode, viewers can offer to buy the rides on Facebook Marketplace.

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Facebook Watch sets car auction series for November

By Frederick Blichert

NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Facebook Watch will premiere its car-centric docuseries Pick, Flip & Drive later this month.


The Eureka Productions-made series follows auto auctioneer Jim Eli and his family as they seek out classic cars from barns and backyards across Montana to “flip” them — turning them into custom-designed works of art for sale.

After each episode, the cars featured, from vintage 50s trucks to 70s muscle cars, will be available for purchase on community sales space Facebook Marketplace. Each vehicle will be available for up to 48 hours after the episode, with the chosen buyer featured at the top of the following episode.

Vehicles featured include a 1958 Chevy Apache, a 1965 Mustang Coupe, a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlas, a 1982 Corvette and even a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle.

Pick, Flip & Drive is executive produced by Eureka’s Paul FranklinChris CulvenorWes Dening and Matthew J. Braley. Dirk Gibson and Sam Wasserman executive produce for Inspired Entertainment and Wasserman Productions, respectively. Toby Faulkner and Jeffery Rich serve as EPs for Facebook Watch.

The series premieres Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Facebook Watch.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Steve Irwin's Family Keeps His "Mission and Dream Alive" in New Series 'Crikey! It’s the Irwins'

By Ciara McVey

OCTOBER 29, 2018

"We’re able to take people on the journey with us, which is something very unique to our little lives. That’s what’s really special and something Dad was passionate about," Bindi Irwin said.

The Irwins and Animal Planet are teaming up once again.

Twenty-two years after Steve Irwin and his wife Terri captivated audiences with their wildlife adventures on The Crocodile Hunter, the family is continuing his legacy and conservation work at the Australia Zoo in their new show, Crikey! It’s the Irwins.

Terri, along with son Robert and daughter Bindi, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter In Studio to discuss reuniting with Animal Planet and keeping Steve’s mission alive.

“I think all the stars aligned and we kept in touch with each other as life went on and it was just perfect timing,” Terri said on working with the network.

The show takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the Irwin family’s Australia Zoo in Queensland, showcasing them caring for a variety of animals and educating on how to protect wildlife and the environment.

“Because we live right in the middle of the Australia Zoo and we have the most hands-on zoological facility on the planet, the idea is all the animals need to have a good day, they need to be having fun and interaction and it’s taking you on our journey of conservation and protecting the environment, as well,” Terri said.

Bindi added: “We’re lucky to do what we love, which is work with wildlife and be so involved with all our conservation work, but we’re also able to take other people on the journey with us, which is something very, very unique to our little lives. That’s what’s really special and something dad was passionate about.”

Crikey! It’s the Irwins is the family’s first show on a cable network since Steve’s death in 2006 after he was stung by a stingray. Steve and Terri have clearly passed on their passion for wildlife to Robert and Bindi, which they plan to do with their own children someday.

“I think it’s always been our biggest passion, wildlife and conservation, and it’s just always been a part of us. Having the upbringing and family that we’ve had, it’s impossible not to be passionate about wildlife,” Robert told THR.

He continued: “We just really, really live and breathe it every day and Bindi and I feel really blessed to be in a position where we can inspire so many people and really keep dad’s mission and his dream alive because he was totally the most passionate and enthusiastic person on the planet when it came to wildlife and he really instilled that passion in us.”

'Crikey! It's the Irwins' airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet. 

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The Irwin family returns to Animal Planet in new wildlife series

By Frederick Blichert

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

The Irwin family is heading back to Discovery-owned Animal Planet for a new unscripted series set at the family-owned Australia Zoo in Queensland.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins follows mother Terri Irwin (pictured, left) and her children with the late Steve Irwin, Bindi (center) and Robert Irwin (right), as they look after the more than 1,200 animals at the zoo; oversee a wildlife hospital, the largest of its kind in the world; and go on wildlife expeditions around the world.


The family first appeared on Animal Planet via The Crocodile Hunter with Steve Irwin, who co-hosted with Terri and executive produced the series until he was attacked and killed by a stingray in 2006 while filming the feature doc Ocean’s Deadliest.

Steve Irwin’s legacy lives on in Crikey! It’s the Irwins, as son Robert learns to wrangle a crocodile, caught by Steve, with the help of Steve’s best friend Wes in the season premiere.

The season includes the transportation of a giraffe over 1,200 miles to be part of a breeding program as part of the zoo’s conservation efforts, and the release of rescued and recuperated wildlife back into the wild.

The series is produced for Animal Planet by Eureka, with Paul FranklinChris CulvenorWes Dening and Rod Parker serving as executive producers. Erin Wanner is executive producing for Animal Planet, and Sarah Russell serves as producer.

Crikey! It’s the Irwins will premiere Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet, airing on the channel globally.

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Lionsgate Strikes Deal with Eureka Productions To Ramp Up Formats Business In Australia

By Peter White


Lionsgate is looking to ramp up its formats business down under by striking a deal with Australian producer Eureka Productions, run by MasterChef producer Paul Franklin and Restaurant Startup creator Chris Culvenor.

The U.S. studio has struck an exclusive partnership agreement with Eureka that will see the latter represent, sell and produce all Lionsgate entertainment formats and non-scripted series to broadcasters throughout Australia.


Eureka Productions has produced over 160 hours of programming in less than three years including The Chefs’ Line and The Employables for SBS and The Single Wives for Seven Network as well as remakes of The Voice for Nine Network, Australian Spartan for Seven and Drunk History for Network Ten. Eureka is also producing series in the U.S. including projects for Animal Planet and Oxygen.

It will work alongside Lionsgate’s EVP and Head of Worldwide Alternative Programming Jennifer O’Connell, and Lionsgate’s President of International Television and Digital Distribution Peter Iacono, and their creative and distribution teams.

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-exec produced prank show for Facebook Watch.

The deal was brokered by Lionsgate’s UK exec Paula Warwick and Stephanie Sanet of Dembitzer & Dembitzer LLP on behalf of Eureka Productions.

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.”

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The Australian

In the business of self-growth

By Justin Burke

august 24, 2018

The Employables investigates how to turn business ideas into start-ups for the most marginalised group of jobseekers.


My first reaction on hearing the conceit for The Employables was fear on behalf of the participants.

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The fact of the exploitation of vulnerable people in reality and factual series isn’t news, and SBS hasn’t been immune from such criticism, as was levelled at Struggle Street. (Although the recent episode of You Can’t Ask That on ABC suggested many former reality contestants would happily go again — even the guy from Sylvania Waters.)

But the notion that the unemployed, particularly those from marginalised groups — such as indigenous, immigrants or the disabled — should be encouraged into entrepreneurship seems like a solution a successful businessperson would come up with.

As the adage goes, if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

The Employables is a three-part series that features individuals representing the most marginalised groups of jobseekers in the Australian workforce who come together to turn their business ideas into start-ups.

They include an amputee who hasn’t been able to get a job since losing his leg in an accident, a chef who was shut out of the kitchen after losing his eyesight and a single mum who ended up homeless.

Creel Price is the resident business expert and, with his team of experts and coaches, the participants have eight weeks to turn their ideas into million-dollar businesses.

“It’s not necessarily just about creating a great business,” Price says. “It’s about personal growth. How do we help those who wouldn’t normally get a headstart and give them some new skills they can take through other parts of their life?”

The Employables, Wednesday 29th, 8.35pm, SBS.

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The Australian

Drunk History: a national narrative walks into a bar

By Justin Burke

august 20, 2018

Pick of the day: Drunk History, 9.30pm, Ten.

While there is debate over who coined the term in vino veritas (“in wine, truth”), there is no doubt the adage has been quoted by poets, philosophers and historians for millennia.

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That is not to suggest the Drunk History format has been inspired by anything highbrow. Rather, what began as a web series on Will Ferrell’s website Funny or Die, and later was picked up by Comedy Central for six seasons, offers no more or less than what it says in the title.

The monologues are inspired only loosely by historical facts, and often veer dangerously towards incoherence as each episode progress.

The original show has spawned several international versions: British, two Latin American (Spanish and Portuguese) and even Hungarian. Now, as part of Ten’s pilot week, we get our own adaptation, which seeks to tackle two of the big topics: Ned Kelly and Phar Lap.

Actor Stephen Curry (The King) addresses the former, with the help of Gyton Grantley, Aaron Chen, Greta Lee Jackson and Paul Fenech.

Later, Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) retells the story of Australia’s most beloved New Zealand-born racehorse, Phar Lap (played by Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald).

In short, it makes history amusing, which can’t be a bad thing.

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SBS Australia readies entrepreneurial docuseries "The Employables"

By Selina Chignall

jULY 24, 2018

Australian pubcaster SBS is preparing a three-part entrepreneurial docuseries that will showcase marginalized job seekers as they team together to form million-dollar businesses.

The Employables will feature individuals who come from a range of backgrounds who often face barriers to employment. Featured in the series are a Sudanese refugee; an amputee who hasn’t been able to find a job since losing his leg in an accident; a chef shut out of the kitchen after losing his eyesight; and a homeless single mother.


The hopeful applicants will pitch their business ideas to Creel Price, a self-made millionaire and Aussie serial entrepreneur, and his team of experts and coaches. After the 12 people are chosen, the contestants will head on to the next stage where they are put through their paces to find the six who will move on.

Under the guidance of Price and his team, the group will have eight weeks to transform their ideas into million dollar businesses. Along the way, they will share their personal stories with their teammates as they work together in the face of immense challenges.

The Employables premieres Aug. 22 at 8.30 p.m. on SBS Australia. Episodes will also be made available following their broadcast premieres via SBS On Demand.

“The series shines a light on Australian minority groups who are more likely to struggle to find employment, and aims to give a voice to people who are often misunderstood,” said Price in a statement. “The Employables offers viewers a rare insight into the camaraderie, conflict and collaboration that emerge in the birth of a business. For all of the participants, the stakes have never been higher as the success of their start-up could mean a new life for themselves and their families.”

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Network Ten details pilot week and how audiences will choose

By Mediaweek

July 23, 2018

Gold Logie Winner grant Denyer and Studio 10 co-host Angela Bishop to host Pilot Week

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In an Australian television first, Network Ten will bring the unique and innovative concept of Pilot Week to Australian television audiences from Sunday August 19 on TEN and WIN Network.

Pilot Week will premiere eight original pilots of domestically produced television programs, across a number of different genres, broadcast in primetime across one week.

The programs Skit HappensDaveKinne TonightDrunk HistoryTabooTrial By KyleDisgrace! and Bring Back… Saturday Night are the programs that will premiere during Pilot Week with the channel hoping some of them will find a permanent home in the schedule.

Viewers will be encouraged to participate and share their feedback via tenplay and social media.

Audience reaction, social buzz and ratings will help decide what shows will return to Australian television screens in 2019.

Beverley McGarvey (pictured top), chief content officer Network Ten, said: “We are excited to be broadcasting such a fantastic array of unique and entertaining programs under the banner of Pilot Week.

“Involving Australian audiences in whether or not a program gets the green light via tenplay and other social initiatives provides a fantastic opportunity for Australian audiences to have their say in what they want to see on our screens in 2019.

“Pilot Week for us, represents a substantial investment in unique and local production, and further cements Network Ten’s role as the innovator of Australian commercial television,” she said.

Network Ten’s executive general manager, revenue & client partnerships Rod Prosser said: “We are the first commercial broadcaster to be doing anything like this. Pilot Week is an exciting initiative that propels Ten’s position as an innovator. With Pilot Week, we are actively taking audiences beyond broadcast, creating a path for them to continue their engagement with the programs across our digital and social channels.

“It continues our commitment to offering creative, multiplatform and innovative opportunities for advertisers and brands, and makes up part of our strongest schedule of programming over the coming months. It is a fantastic way for us to be supporting the local industry on and off screen.”

Network Ten’s TV Week Gold Logie Winner Grant Denyer and Studio 10 co-host Angela Bishop will be on hand to introduce the audience to each pilot as it premieres across the week.

TEN’s pilot week lineup:

Drunk History

Rhys Darby and Stephen Curry pour themselves a drink in the international hit comedy format that takes Australia’s rich, and often surprising, history and re-tells it through the words of our most loved comedians and entertainers. Drunk History is produced by Eureka Productions.

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With Matthew Hussey, The Single Wives are looking for love in sensible places

By Louise Rugendyke

JULY 12, 2018

Seven, Wednesday and Thursday, 7.30pm

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Four single women are looking for love. Enter a world famous dating coach and you can guess the rest.

"Good lord, we've seen it all before!" I hear you cry.

"Yes, we have," I will sigh back at you. And yet, we haven't seen anything as genuinely useful as The Single Wives, Seven's surprisingly decent crack at the reality dating scene.

That's not to say it's perfect – it comes with the usual reality tics of repetitive updates, contrived scenarios and the inevitable "journey", but The Single Wives does wear its heart on its sleeve.

Its ace in the hole is casting. The four women – divorced Sunnie, Emma and Sheridan; and the widowed Nikki – all appear genuine, articulate and open to change; while dating guru Matthew Hussey is schooled in the art of affirmative action.

He claims to have coached more than 19 million women in the art of dating, and is a darling of the US TV talk show circuit, but god damnit if what he isn't spouting doesn't make good sense: create opportunities, listen to the other person, don't wait to be chosen and that rejection is better than regret.

It's all very proactive, and it's advice that anyone can apply to any aspect of their life – create that job opportunity, listen when your husband says he's got a weird rash and try that beetroot hot chocolate instead of regretting it all weekend.

For the most part, too, I was cheering the women on and cringing at behaviour I may have indulged in once or twice (in the end I took the lazy option, and met my husband at work).

But there was one thing that niggled at me through the first two episodes, as the women dressed up and did their best to snag a date: Why isn't there a show called The Single Husbands? Or, you know, Men?"

Why are women always the focus of these shows? Why aren't men getting help?

Yes, you could argue that blokes have Queer Eye to help them out on the dating front, but that's more of a whole-of-life change, not the nuts and bolts of how to date or communicate.

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British journalist Caitlin Moran recently wrote a great column called How to Tell the Bad Men from the Good Men in which she lamented that there was no safe space for men to discuss and analyse sex beyond "legendary shagging anecdotes".

"Where can a man ask an honest, open, scared question about sex?" she wrote. "We have not yet created a space for this. And so men just make do, with the scrappy cargo cult of sexual information they have received, and with dire consequences for everyone."

Well, Australian TV executives, there's your next reality show. Instead of telling women how to date/dress/talk/lower their standards better, why not give men a meaningful opportunity to learn how to relate to women in a respectful manner. Topics could include "How to have start a conversation"; "How to read signals"; "What should I do if a woman isn't interested" and "What is burrata and how do I eat it".

This is, honestly, not a cheap shot at men, because If there's one thing I've learnt from watching too much reality TV, is that we could all use a little help. After all, when the world regularly resembles a dumpster fire, a little happiness goes a long way.

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TV Tonight

Rumour: Drunk History for TEN

By David Knox

june 09, 2018

TV Tonight hears whispers TEN is proceeding with a local adaptation of US comedy Drunk History.

A pilot is rumoured to be produced by Eureka Productions for TEN’s upcoming Pilot Week, which will excitingly showcase new titles. Actor Writer Paul Michael Ayre (Soul Mates, Wham Bam, Thank You Ma’am, Legally Brown) will script with Dan Reisinger (Bondi Hipsters) directing.

The format, which airs in Australia on SBS VICELAND, sees a guest comedian recount an event from history after getting sozzled on plonk, with actors enacting their descriptions. The more ludicrous in the telling the better….

International versions have also been adapted for the UK, Brazil & Hungary,

The success of True Story with Hamish & Andy is doubtless a boon to Drunk History‘s local arrival.

TEN declined to comment on its Pilot Week due later this year.

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Oxygen bolsters programming slate with originals, Piers Morgan event

By Salina Chignall

APRIL 10, 2018

Cult of Killers (working title)

Produced by IPC and Eureka Productions with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for IPC and Paul Franklin and Chris Culvenor serving as executive producers for Eureka.

This true crime series exposes the complex mystery behind a murder (or string of murders) committed by members of a vicious cult.

Each episode will zero in on the cult responsible for a homicide, and begin to unravel the cult’s genesis from the leader down to the individual members. Featuring access to law enforcement and former members, first-hand accounts will help explain the cult’s beliefs and how it drove its members to kill.

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Canadian Singing Competition ‘The Launch’ Sees Out-the-Gate Success on iTunes

Scott Borchetta is lead mentor on the CTV series.

january 12, 2018

Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta’s new Canadian singing show, “The Launch,” is celebrating its first No. 1 just two days after the series’ Wednesday night (Jan. 10) premiere on CTV.

Logan Staats, the first artist chosen by the program’s panel of mentors,  which includes Borchetta, who first signed Taylor Swift to BMLG, Shania Twain and noted songwriter and producer Busbee, saw his single, “The Lucky Ones” (co-written by Bebe Rexha) top Canada’s all-genre iTunes sales chart. (Watch his performance of the song above.)

“The Launch” offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring a new, original song to life. In the hours after it aired, the show was the top trending topic on Twitter.


“Launching Logan and ‘The Lucky Ones’ reinforces the premise of this show: it all starts with a great song,” said Borchetta, who also serves as executive producer. “Pairing that great song with the right artist creates a perfect storm – Logan’s haunting, powerful voice and sheer talent bring this song to life so beautifully. I’m so proud of our first ‘Launch’ artist and single.”

Each episode of “The Launch” begins with a hopeful’s audition before the panel, after which the mentors choose two artists to record the original song and prepare to perform it in front of a live audience. The mentors then choose which artist and recording will immediately be released across the country following the broadcast of the episode each week.

“The Launch” is co-developed and produced by Bell Media in association with Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, Paul Franklin of Eureka (“Masterchef,” “The Biggest Loser”) and John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (“The Amazing Race Canada”, “Canadian Idol,” “The Juno Awards”).

Next week’s mentor panel will include Borchetta along with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and OneRepublic frontman and acclaimed producer/songwriter Ryan Tedder.

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Seven West Media

Big Dell and The Spartans

Wendell Sailor is AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN'S sideline reporter. 

DECEMBER 10, 2017

Dual code rugby legend Wendell Sailor has been confirmed as sideline reporter for Channel 7’s upcoming event TV program, AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN.


Joining previously announced hosts Edwina Bartholomew and Hamish McLachlan, Sailor will bring viewers all the action as it happens from Australia’s finest athletes as they tackle the world’s toughest obstacle competition. “I’m excited to be in this great show and love seeing people being challenged, working as a team.” Wendell said. A proud Queenslander, Wendell excelled in both Rugby League (playing over a combined 200 games for Brisbane Broncos and Illawarra Dragons) and Rugby Union (over 50 games with Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs). He also played 37 tests for the Wallabies.

No stranger to Channel Seven, he has appeared on both Dancing With The Stars and Australia’s Greatest Athlete. Inspired by the global fitness phenomenon, AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN is impossible to complete alone, the only way to conquer it is to work together as a cohesive unit of three. Raising the bar on team competitions, groups of friends, families and workmates must join forces to race through a specially-designed spectacular Spartan course engineered to challenge their determination, endurance and will.

The format rights for Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge are held by NBCUniversal International Formats and will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal International Distribution.

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Seven West Media

september 29, 2017

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge heads to Australia


Inspired by the global fitness phenomenon, Spartan Race, this is the world's toughest team-based obstacle course. Impossible to complete alone, the only way to conquer it is to work together as a cohesive unit of three.

Raising the bar on team competitions, groups of friends, families and workmates must join forces to race through a specially-designed spectacular Spartan course engineered to challenge their determination, endurance and will.

Seven’s Director of Production Brad Lyons, said: "It's no secret family entertainment is attracting big audiences and AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN will be the toughest and biggest obstacle course ever seen here. It’s so big and tough that you cannot conquer it alone and we will be pitting teams against each other. This will bring added drama as each member of the team relies on each other to make it through this beast of a course."

Chris Oliver-Taylor, MD Matchbox and Chris Culvenor, CEO Eureka said "We are delighted to combine the talents of Matchbox Pictures and Eureka Productions, to bring AUSTRALIAN SPARTAN to Channel 7. This family series will highlight the strength and stamina of some of the toughest and fittest people in the country. It’s a true test of teamwork."

Over the course of this massive television event, the extreme obstacles will escalate to truly test the most outstanding athletes in the country. In the end, only one team will triumph and rise to become the ultimate Australian Spartans.

With the second hit season of the American format currently broadcast on NBC, the popular competition has also seen a localised version commissioned in Denmark.

The format rights for Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge are held by NBCUniversal International Formats and will be distributed worldwide by NBCUniversal International Distribution.

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Media Week

APRIL3, 2017

SBS gets first series from Eureka TV: The Chefs’ Line

The two partners of the production company Eureka TV have been busy juggling a handful of projects they have managed to have commissioned over the past few months.

It has been a hectic first year for the business which was only formally announced in January 2016.

Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have worked together for almost 10 years, Culvenor told Mediaweek on a visit to their new Sydney offices. In addition they have opened up in Santa Monica, California.

They first worked together at FremantleMedia Australia and then later at Shine Australia before they both moved to Shine America. Culvenor launched 10 new series during his time at Shine America, where he was executive VP development, more than tripling production output. Franklin is best known as the MasterChef man, the key creative architect behind the MasterChef format changes that were exported globally. He also worked on more than 10 series and worked as executive VP programming at Shine America.

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The Australian

April 3, 2017

SBS turns up the heat with new cooking contest, The Chefs’ Line

Today at 6pm, SBS launches a bold experiment in its crucial lead-in timeslot to the news — but one of the creators of this innovative cooking contest, The Chefs’ Line, won’t be on hand to celebrate.

Chris Cul­venor, co-founder of the production company Eureka, will be half a world away in Cannes selling the format for The Chefs’ Line to the world at the MIPTV festival, backed by global giant FremantleMedia.

One year ago, Eureka had two staff, its founders Culvenor and Paul Franklin, former Endemol Shine executives. They based the company in Los Angeles.

One year later and Eureka, backed by FremantleMedia’s international division, has a thriving Sydney office producing The Chefs’ Line, co-producing The Voice with ITV and soon to air on Channel Nine, and working on a new show for Channel Seven, ­Behave Yourself.

The pair, who previously worked at FremantleMedia Australia, have experience on a slew of unscripted programs including Project RunwayThe Biggest Loser and MasterChef.

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JANUARY 28, 2016

Ex-Endemol Shine Execs Launch Company, Partner With FremantleMedia

Unscripted veterans Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin, most recently Endemol Shine’s SVP of Development and EVP of Programming, have formed Eureka, a production company in partnership with FremantleMedia.

The duo has worked together for a decade, including a stint at FremantleMedia Australia. They’ve developed, adapted and produced franchises such as MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, The Voice, Fake Off, The Apprentice, Restaurant Startup, The Face, Project Runway and Minute to Win It.

Eureka, which opened a Los Angeles office in January, has three projects set up at cable networks. Culvenor and Franklin will open their Sydney office in March and will staff up in both locations.

“Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creatives,” said Rob Clark, Director of Global Entertainment, FremantleMedia. “Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”

Eureka is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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TBI Vision

JANUARY 29, 2016

Ex-Endemol Shine execs pact with Fremantle

Former Endemol Shine Group producers Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have created an unscripted prodco with FremantleMedia.

The pair, who have worked together for more than a decade, will lead Eureka Productions, which launched this month in Los Angeles. A Sydney office will open in March with “top appointments” for the creative team coming over the next few months.

Three projects with “top tier” cable networks are in development already.

Eureka said it would work with FremantleMedia, which has been building up a new slate of creative talent over the past 12 months with acquisitions and prodco launches, to develop and produce projects that its network of creators, producers and sales teams can “optimise”.

Culvenor and Frankling were most recently Endemol Shine’s senior VP of development and executive VP of programming, respectively, but have also worked together at FremantleMedia Australia. Their credits include local versions of MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, The Biggest Loser, The Voice and The Apprentice.

“At Eureka we’re very excited to bring together the talented creative community that we have collaborated with over the last decade to create series that captivate and surprise audiences,” said Franklin.

“Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creative,” said FremantleMedia’s director of global formats, Rob Clark. “Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”

Eureka becomes the latest investment for FremantleMedia, following a spate of deals for new indies that have come in the last year.

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JANuary 30, 2017

New production company Eureka set for unscripted

Former Endemol Shine unscripted execs Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin have formed a new LA-based production company Eureka, and are set to open a Sydney office in March.

The duo, who previously worked at FremantleMedia Australia, have formidable credits including MasterChef, Junior MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, The Voice, The Apprentice and Project Runway.

They have also partnered with FremantleMedia (International) to develop and produce projects.

“At Eureka we’re very excited to bring together the talented creative community that we have collaborated with over the last decade to create series that captivate and surprise audiences,” said Franklin.

Rob Clark, Director of Global Entertainment, FremantleMedia, added, “Chris and Paul are two of the industry’s most highly regarded creatives. Their track records in production, development and sales complement our businesses in the US and Australia and we’re looking forward to creating and sharing ideas across our international network.”

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JULY 29, 2016

New producers take on The Voice

ITV Studios Australia will co-produce Season 6 of The Voice, formerly produced by Endemol Shine, with Paul Franklin’s Eureka Productions.

Franklin has previously produced The Voice in 2015 and will serve as Supervising Executive Producer on the upcoming season.

CEO and Managing Director of ITV Studios Australia, David Mott said, “Paul is simply one of the best creative talents in the business and highly regarded both here and overseas. I am delighted he will be working alongside ITV to lead the production team of The Voice Australia, his expertise will take The Voice to a new level.”

Franklin, who recently launched Eureka Productions with Chris Culvenor, previously held key executive positions at FremantleMedia and Shine.

“Eureka is extremely excited to be working with the team at ITV, the Nine Network and Executive Producer Leigh Aramberri to supercharge The Voice for a big year in 2017,” said Franklin.

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