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The TBI interview: Inside No. Nine

Hamish Turner, programme director for Australia’s Nine Network, outlines the channel’s strategy post-Fairfax Media merger. Manori Ravindran reports. With complete control of regional SVOD Stan and a diversifying content strategy, Australia’s Nine Network is poised to become an industry heavyweight. The commercial channel’s acquisition of Fairfax Media sent shockwaves across the industry when it was […]

Aussie court approves Nine & Fairfax merger

An Australian federal court has approved the merger of Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, which would create the nation’s second largest media conglomerate after News Corp. The Sydney-based court ruled that it would approve Nine’s takeover of Fairfax on Tuesday. This is the last stage of regulatory approval, but it could still be challenged up […]

Fairfax shareholders approve Nine Network merger

Fairfax Media shareholders have backed the 150-year-old Australian firm’s merger with commercial channel Nine Network, which is to have complete ownership of streaming platform Stan.  The merger, which was first announced in July, sees Nine taking a controlling 51.1% stake in Fairfax, creating a company with a combined market value of $4.2bn. The combined business […]

Nine and Fairfax announce $4bn merger

Commercial TV network Nine Entertainment this morning confirmed it had agreed a merger deal with one of Australia’s most venerable legacy media companies, Fairfax Media. The deal will see Nine take a controlling 51.1% stake in Fairfax, and will create a company with a combined market value of $4.2bn. The company will take the Nine […]

Stan co-parent subject of A$2.8bn bid

Fairfax Media, which owns a 50% stake in Australian SVOD service Stan, may be sold for around A$2.76 billion (US$2.05 billion). Financier TPG Group, which owns stakes in STX Entertainment and US Hispanic broadcaster Univision, is looking to buy 100% of the Sydney-based media and publishing group for around A$1.25 a share. TPG is leading […]

Shares in Aussie SVOD service suspended

Struggling Australian subscription on-demand service Quickflix has had its shares suspended from the country’s stock exchange. The firm has failed to pay its annual listing fees on the Australian Securities Exchange and was therefore one of the companies blocked from trading. Quickflix went into administration in April in the face of stiff competition from Netflix, […]

Stan feels Power, adds Ash

Australian subscription on-demand service Stan has bought Starz series such as Power and the upcoming Ash Vs Evil Dead. The deal for the aforementioned shows and ballet drama Flesh & Bone are exclusive and represent a debut in the market for the trio. Stan made the first two episodes and all of season one of […]

Nine’s SVOD service nears 100,000 subs

Australian SVOD service Stan is on course to sign up 100,000 members just a month after its launch, according to one of its parent companies. Nine Entertainment Company said subscriber numbers were running between three and four months ahead of schedule, and that Stan was on track for more than 100,000 by mid-March. The platform, […]

Wolf Creek remake is Stan’s debut original

Australian SVOD platform Stan is getting into the originals game by working up a pair of drama series. The first is Wolf Creek, an adaptation of the Australian horror film that’s now in development, while the other is titled Enemies of the State. The news comes just weeks before Netflix enters the Australian market, and […]

Stan nabs Amazon series, launches ahead of Netflix

Stan has become the latest subscription video-on-demand service to roll out in Australia, beating streaming heavyweight Netflix, which will launch in the territory later this year. The new service is a joint venture between free-to-air broadcaster Nine Network and Fairfax Media. At launch its programming line-up included several series from Amazon, including Transparent and Mozart […]