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NEW YORK, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that its global distribution arm, Electus International, has sold over 100 hours of finished tape to Australia's Foxtel. This deal brings nine series to Australia, including: American Unearthed, Baby Wait, Bounty Rescue, Car Lot Rescue, Duck Commander, Flip Men, Mob Wives: Chicago, Mob Wives and Unsealed: Alien Files which will broadcast in Australia across A&E, History and Bio.
"We are absolutely thrilled to continue building on our thriving partnership with Foxtel in the region, bringing the massively popular series America Unearthed as well as Bounty Rescue, Duck Commander, Car Lot Rescue and new seasons of Mob Wives which will all be territory premieres on the Foxtel platform. The common link between these series are the compelling characters and universal stories that we continue having success bringing to audiences around the world" said Cyrus Farrokh, Executive Director and Head of Sales for Asia Pacific for Electus International.
"Electus has proven to be a valuable partner in bringing compelling factual entertainment to our audiences, real life series that perform" said Jim Buchan, General Manager of Factual Foxtel.
America Unearthed – Forensic geologist Scott Wolter will reveal that the history we all know may not always be the whole story. Across the country, ancient symbols, religious relics, and unexplained artifacts suggest that civilizations from around the world have left their mark. Wolter not only uncovers compelling evidence that pre-dates the official "discovery" of the New World, he also turns so much about what we think we know about American history on its head. America Unearthed proves there is a lot we don't know about our past - and there are some things people have gone to great lengths to cover up. Topics connect everything from the Knights Templar to the Vikings. He is a real-life Indiana Jones, gradually revealing a hidden side to the American map. America Unearthed was originally broadcast on the History channel.
Baby Wait – From DiGa's veteran television producers and MTV executives behind such hits as "Teen Mom" and "16 and Pregnant", comes a unique look at childbirth and adoption. This new series chronicles the unique process of open adoption with a primary focus on the agonizing 30-day "wait" period, where the birth mother can change her mind, and take the baby back from the prospective adoptive family. The show is the first show of its kind that not only follows the adoptive parents' story, but also documents the biological mother's life as she adjusts to her world without the baby she carried. The program will feature all types of new parents including straight couples, gay couples and single parents.
Bounty Rescue – An all new unscripted series starring Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman. An action-packed, adrenaline-fueled adventure, the duo will crisscross the U.S. training bounty hunters while looking for the most cunning, notorious and dangerous fugitive. The program will be broadcast on the Country Music Television.
Car Lot Rescue – Tom Stuker, known as the auto dealership "doctor", brings his skills, know-how and power in the auto-trade industry to this new reality TV series. His job is to visit car dealerships that are experiencing financial hardship and help to turn their business around. Car lot rescue was originally broadcast on Spike TV.
Duck Commander – The series takes you behind the scenes of the Duck Commander Company and invites you to meet the Robertson's, the first family of duck hunting. For 30 years, Phil Robertson's life has been dedicated to the relentless pursuit of ducks. He pioneered the modern duck call, broke new ground in hunting videos and redefined the hardcore duck hunter. Hidden away in the Louisiana backwater the Duck men have remained illusive and mysterious for three decades. The series brings you into the blind, at home, and on the road with the Robertson's as they hunt through the season while staking their claim as the world's greatest duck hunters. Duck Commander was originally broadcast on the Outdoor channel.
Flip Men – Follow Utah-based real estate investors, Doug Clark and Mike Baird in Flip Men, as they attempt to turn foreclosed property into profit. After a fierce daily bidding war at auction, the duo acquires homes sight unseen. When they first enter a newly purchased house, they never know what's behind the door: a biohazard, a meth lab, or an angry former tenant who just doesn't want to leave. Now they have to clean up the place, renovate it, stage it, get it to market, and flip it…fast. It's a race against time, because every day means thousands of dollars out of their pocket. They're the ultimate prospectors, and the stakes couldn't be higher. Flip Men was originally broadcast on Spike TV.
Mob Wives: Chicago – Building on the huge success of Mob Wives, Electus and The Weinstein Company now bring you Mob Wives Chicago. This new series follows five allegedly "connected" women as they try to step out of the shadows of their Mob-associated fathers and move on with their lives. Though constantly bombarded with salacious headlines and vicious rumors, these women are determined to put the lies and stereotypes to bed and show the world who they really are. The Windy City better watch its back, because they're about to blow this town wide open. The Mob Wives franchise was originally broadcast on VH1.
Mob Wives – Mob Wives, currently airing its third season in the U.S. on VH1, follows the lives of six women having to carry on while their husbands or fathers are in prison for "alleged" Mob-related activities. They are struggling with their identities, their own families and their futures as they try to do what's best for themselves and their children. As they now attempt to pursue their own ambitions, the women find comfort among those who understand their stories most: each other.
Unsealed: Alien Files – Unsealed: Alien Files investigates recently-released documents regarding alien and UFO encounters, made accessible to the public in 2011 by the Freedom of Information Act. Based on the newly-discovered information, the show re-examines key evidence and follows developing leads. Unsealed: Alien Files investigates mass UFO sightings, personal abductions, government cover-ups and breaking alien news from around the world. We delve into the "photoshopping" of space, the value of Wikileaks, and the role social media plays in alien stories. Finally, we examine these newly released documents to see how alien visitations may have affected our past, and what influence they may have on our future. This show will have believers wanting more and skeptics questioning their long-held beliefs. Unsealed: Alien Files...exposing the biggest secret on planet Earth. Unsealed: Alien Files was originally broadcast on the CW/Tribune.
Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT and various emerging technologies. The company connects advertisers, distributors and content creators early on in the development process, enabling marketers and advertisers to be true partners in campaigns and content creation. Electus International, the global distribution arm of Electus, is responsible for all international sales and distribution for Electus' programming and its studio partners as well as programs and formats from other well-known 3rd party providers. Electus is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). For more information on Electus, visit www.electus.com.
Foxtel is one of Australia's most progressive and dynamic media companies, directly employing around 2,500 people, and delivering a diverse subscription television service to both regional and metropolitan areas over cable, satellite and broadband distribution. We offer a better entertainment experience every day to each one of our 2.3 million subscribing homes through delivery of exclusive and inspiring programming across all genres, the world's most popular channel brands, and investment in high quality local content. As constant champions of innovation we have brought customers the iQ personal digital recorder, Australia's largest HD offering, Foxtel 3D, and the Foxtel Go App. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and The News Corporation Ltd (50%). foxtel.com.au
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