Photo: ITV Studios’ White Van Man is heading Down Under

The deals will see more than 150 hours of multi-genre content airing in the region throughout 2011.

Foxtel Australia has acquired the hit entertainment series Louis Spence’s Showbusiness for its Arena channel and the ITV Studios-produced comedy series White Van Man, starring Will Mellor, for The Comedy Channel.

Other Foxtel deals took contemporary Dublin-based drama Love/Hate to W, and factual entertainment series Police POV to the Crime & Investigation Network. Australia’s leading channel operator XYZnetworks has picked up the second series of the global hit reality show Four Weddings USA; Seven Network, meanwhile, has acquired detective franchise Vera and crime drama Lewis.

“There is great demand in this region for high-quality primetime content across all genres and we are delighted to confirm this wide range of deals, ”said Augustus Dulgaro, ITV Studio Global Entertainment senior vice-presient, Asia Pacific.

“The programming acquired for audiences in Australia and New Zealand is a fantastic representation of the strong content and breadth of variety in our portfolio.”

This and more in the MIPTV Daily News, online here (email required)

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