eOne Announces International Sales of “The Newsreader”

The releases of The newsreader are going global, with eOne announcing a series of high profile international sales for the ABC series.

The six-part drama has been licensed in 80 territories, with sales to the BBC (UK), ARTE (France and Germany), RTE (Ireland), Viaplay (Nordic and Baltic regions, Poland and the Netherlands), Cosmo (Spain), Filmin (Portugal and 2nd window in Spain), Now TV (Hong Kong), TELUS (Canada) and NBCUniversal International Networks and Direct-To-Consumer (Latin America).

Created by Michel Lucas, The newsreader centers on the frenetic and busy heart of a commercial television newsroom in the 1980s, while following the relationship between an ambitious young TV reporter (Sam Reid) and star news anchor (Anna Torv).

The series was produced by Lucas and Joanna Werner of Werner Film Productions, with Emma Freeman directing. Werner is also producing with Stuart Menzies and ABC executive producers Sally Riley and Brett Sleigh.

eOne’s president of international distribution, Stuart Baxter, said the series received an “overwhelmingly positive” response.

“Providing this type of engaging content is part of our ongoing commitment to delivering premium, engaging programming to our customers around the world,” he said.

The newsreader was ABC’s most-watched drama of 2021 and achieved an aggregate average viewership of 1.5 million across all linear and BVOD platforms.

The series garnered 16 nominations at last year’s AACTA Awards, where it won Best Drama Series, Best Television Production Design, and Best Drama or Comedy Direction. Anna Torv won Best Lead Actress in a Drama and William McInnes won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.

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