29 February, 2016
WTFN & FRED continue international expansion
Leading Australian production company WTFN and FRED Media distribution have announced a raft of international sales for their new ten-part series Vet on The Hill, including their first ever deal with the UK’s More4.
More4 has secured the premiere broadcast rights to the heart-warming series, which was shot by WTFN in the UK and follows the highs and lows of day-to-day life in the Richmond Hill-based clinic of TV vet and passionate animal advocate Dr. Scott Miller.
The series is the first UK production for WTFN and follows the establishment last year of London-based production division WTFN Europe.
The series has also been sold to Nine Entertainment Network (Australia), SIC (Portugal), PCCW (Hong Kong), pay-TV broadcaster iPrima (Czech Republic) and French language network Casa TV (Canada).
The sales were all brokered by WTFN’s wholly-owned distribution arm Fred Media and come on the back of a number of high profile international deals for the company.
Last year WTFN secured its first original commission from Discovery Networks International, for the major new documentary series Sydney Harbour Uncovered (working title). The company is also producing the Australian version of BAFTA-winning factual series Long Lost Family, for Network TEN.
Daryl Talbot, CEO WTFN Entertainment, said. “We’re delighted that Vet on the Hill is going to premiere on More4. International expansion is a key priority for WTFN as we continue to grow the business, and the UK is a hugely important market for us. Scott is a great talent and we’re sure that UK and international audiences are going to love the show.”
WTFN also produces the international hit Bondi Vet. Now in its eighth season, the internationally acclaimed series has won over millions of viewers worldwide and is enjoyed by audiences in over 170 territories.
Set in the quiet village of Richmond upon Thames, Vet on the Hill follows Dr. Scott Miller in his day to day life at his veterinary clinic. From home visits full of surprises and trips to the local farm – the hustle and bustle of friendly regulars keeps him on his toes. With the addition of a few famous faces that drop in for Dr. Scott’s help – there’s never a dull moment at the clinic.
A philanthropist and passionate animal advocate, Dr. Scott grew up and studied in Brisbane, Australia, beginning his career at the RSPCA in Sydney. He soon set his sights abroad, moving to the UK more than 10 years ago. Whilst working in East London, he began working regularly in media, hosting Extinct for Meridian, a programme highlighting endangered species while regularly appearing on BBC Breakfast News, The Paul O’Grady Show, GMTV, Blue Peter and CBBC. He appeared as an expert vet on BBC’s Crufts, and was the regular vet on This Morning for six years. Later he featured on Sky 1’s Pet Nation presenting items and filming insert VT’s and most recently Scott was one of the lead presenters on children’s programme, Who Let the Dogs Out and About for CBBC, a UK based roadshow which celebrated all things dog.
Vet on the Hill is distributed internationally by WTFN’s distribution arm Fred Media. The series will premiere on More4 this March.
Founded in 2001, WTFN has grown into one of Australia’s most successful independent content producers. The company has built a worldwide reputation for compelling story-telling that engages audiences, with programmes such as Bondi Vet, The Living Room, Tony Robinson’s Time Walks and the Logie-winning documentary Trishna and Krishna: The Quest for Separate Lives.
In Australia, the company is currently in production on Sydney Harbour Uncovered, a major new documentary series for Discovery Networks International, and the Australian version of Long Lost Family for Network TEN. Its first feature film, Oddball, grossed over $8 million at the Australian Box Office last year, putting it in the top 25 highest grossing Australian films of all time.
FRED Media is the international distribution arm of WTFN Entertainment. Launched in 2012, it has fast become one of the most respected distribution companies in the world with clients in over 170 territories. It boasts a boutique catalogue of internationally-acclaimed productions, across a broad range of genres including factual, reality, lifestyle and children. They have successfully launched programs to a global audience including Bondi Vet, The Wild Life of Tim Faulkner, Operation Thailand and We’re Talking Animals.
For further information
Michael Aldrich, General Manager, Fred Media
+61 499 776 061