As television groups continue to criss-cross the globe acquiring production companies in key markets, Australia’s Seven Network is the latest international player to step into TV production in Britain. The group has formed 7Wonder, a UK joint venture with former Maverick Television executives Alexandra Fraser, Liza Abbott and Simon Ellse. Australia’s most watched broadcast platform says the move is intended to underline its commitment to increasing its international presence in TV production and new format creation. The company is also expected to mine some of Seven’s Oz output for potential remakes. Seven recently launched the 7Beyond joint venture with Mythbusters producer Beyond International which focuses on product for the U.S. market. The initial focus for 7Wonder will be the UK, across all genres.
Australia’s Seven Network and MythBusters producer Beyond Productions are partnering in 7Beyond, a new venture to create programming initially designed for the North American market. Michael Krupat, formerly SVP Development and Branded Content at Ryan Seacrest Productions, has been named SVP Development and Sales at the new company which has opened a Los Angeles office. Content generated by 7Beyond will be co-produced by Seven Productions and Beyond Productions, and distributed internationally by Beyond Distribution. Seven was Oz’s most-watched television network in 2013. This year, its Seven Productions business will commission, create and produce nearly 700 hours. Its credits include My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, and veteran soap Home And Away. Scripted formats out of Oz have been popular this year with the Sony TV/Fedora Entertainment-produced remake of Rake to debut midseason and the adaptation of A Moody Christmas being exec produced by Doug Ellin.