Sydney, Australia – Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and Australia’s Northern Pictures have signed a joint venture to bring Keshet’s s slate of scripted and unscripted formats to Australian and New Zealand television screens. Under the agreement, Keshet Australia will be jointly owned by RACAT and Keshet International. Northern Pictures will have the rights to over 50 Keshet International properties, to be produced in the territory under the Keshet Australia banner.

Mr Haslingden, who recently purchased Northern Pictures, NHNZ and Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, sees this deal as a key next step for Northern Pictures which is experiencing significant growth into new genres. “I’ve worked with Alon and a number of other Keshet executives and Keshet alumni for many years and I’ve witnessed first-hand their powerful and addictive combination of creativity, and business acumen. Keshet’s growth over the last 5 years has been unrivaled and we are confident Keshet Australia will replicate that success here,” he said. “Keshet is one of the best in the game of scripted and unscripted television, and Northern Pictures has a strong reputation in Australia with deep industry contacts, plus a New Zealand link through sister company NHNZ – it’s an ideal match.”