The new orders, totalling 45 hours, comprise series four of Paramedics, series three of Emergency, as well as series 11 of Bondi Vet and the recently confirmed second series of hit lifestyle title Space Invaders.
Paramedics and Emergency – both 10 x 60 – are dramatic obs-doc series that follow real-life medical teams. Paramedics tracks the work of Australia’s ambulance service and captures moments of compassion, bravery, and laughter, while giving unprecedented insight into the daily lives of these emergency service heroes. Emergency, filmed with unparalleled access to emergency room teams in The Royal Melbourne, one of Australia’s biggest and busiest emergency hospitals, reveals each step of a patient’s journey, from the moment they’re rushed into hospital, and conveys gripping accounts from the doctors and nurses as they fight to save patients suffering life-threatening injuries.
Bondi Vet 11 (15 x 60) will continue to tap into a range of veterinary practices across Australia to reveal wonderful stories of vets, pets, and their owners, while Space Invaders 2, (10 x 60) a ratings-winning and emotional mix of de-cluttering, renovation and transformation, will raise the bar for the new season, just about to go into production, by taking on even bigger challenges than before.
Steve Oemcke, WTFN’s Creative Director and Co-founder says: “Hamish Turner and the team at 9Network have made an incredible commitment to WTFN in recent years and we are naturally delighted that this partnership will continue with new seasons for each of these shows.”
Hamish Turner, 9Network’s Program Director, adds: “We are pleased to confirm new contracts for each of these popular series for our next season. Bondi Vet is a long-standing family viewing favourite and Space Invaders is a refreshing and absorbing new entrant to the lifestyle space. Emergency and Paramedics have quickly become staples in the 9Network’s primetime schedules. The subject matter is always interesting, but the intense nature of each show, the way they are filmed, and the big characters we follow have successfully elevated them to something approaching drama. Consequently, they have become must-see shows for our viewers.”
New international deals for 9Network returning shows
In related news, Fred Media, WTFN’s wholly-owned distribution company, is pleased to announce its most recent international sales for these growing franchises.
Paramedics 3, currently on air on Channel 9, has been acquired by Sky in the UK, TVNZ and TV3 in Latvia. Paramedics 1 has also just been acquired by ABC Australia in Asia and South Pacific. Emergency 2 has been licensed to Discovery in both the UK and New Zealand, SBS in Belgium, Amberwood in Malaysia, Cineplex in Thailand and TV3 in Latvia.
For Bondi Vet, series 9-10 have recently been acquired by Nat Geo Wild in the US, where it will be retitled as Vets on the Beach. Meanwhile, series 10 has been licensed to both Blue Ant and TVA in Canada, First HDTV in Russia, Discovery in New Zealand and iPrima in the Czech Republic.
Following the earlier announcement of format deals and initial sales for the first series of Space Invaders, Canal + in Poland, Fox Life in Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bosnia, Albania and Montenegro, Home Channel in South Africa, The Design Channel by Imagine Media Kids in Israel and TV 2 in Denmark can now be added to its growing roster of international broadcasters.