ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has signed its first international TV broadcast deal with Australia’s free-to-air Nine Network for Thunderbirds Are Go!, ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures’ major new reinvention of the iconic children’s show.
The deal will see Thunderbirds Are Go! airing on Nine’s youth-skewing digital channel GO! in its children’s programming block. The series will also be available for viewers to catch-up via 9jumpin’s VOD service.
Nine Network and later GO! have been the Australian home of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic Thunderbirds series since it first aired in the 1960s.Thunderbirds Are Go! will air on GO! from spring 2015, shortly after the UK world premiere, which comes 50 years after the TV debut of the original series.
Maria Kyriacou, MD of ITV Studios Global Entertainment and ROW said: “Thunderbirds is an iconic and much-loved show, so it’s no surprise that we have had such enormous interest in Thunderbirds Are Go! from potential TV, digital and licensing partners worldwide. The show has long been close to the hearts of Australian audiences, so we are delighted that new and existing fans alike will have the opportunity to enjoy the new series.”
Martin Hersov, Director of Commercial Development at Nine Network added: “The classic Thunderbirds episodes have been a regular feature on the Nine schedule since the very beginning, so we are extremely pleased to be working with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on this exciting new series. We look forward to working with the full range of partners for this iconic property within the Australian market.”