Magazine article Variety

Aussie A&E on Reality Spree

Magazine article Variety

Aussie A&E on Reality Spree

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SYDNEY

With the Australian launch of nonfiction entertainment channel A&E in February, pay TV platform Foxtel's head of factual entertainment Jim Buchan is looking for unscripted reality skeins centered on jobs in the current market.

"We're stocking up this channel, and it's great because I can pursue this content where previously it wasn't on my radar - so I hope there is lots of it," Buchan says.

"We're still very discerning, but I would say look at 'Pawn Stars/ 'Storage Wars,' 'Ice Road Truckers/ and think in those terms. That's the new watermark for us."

A&E launched on Foxtel on Feb. 16 with local skein "Mega Truckers," which follows the team from Heavy Haulage Australia driving some of the world's largest and heaviest loads across some unforgiving country.

Buchan thinks "Mega Truckers" wiU be a good fit with A&E Down Under and hopes it may also travel overseas - an idea supported by Sean Cohan, senior VP of international for A&E Networks.

"I can see a 'Mega Truckers' playing across our global network, and we have started to do that more over the last six months," says Cohan, something he believes helps reinvigorate the A&E brand in new markets. …

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