Seven stitches Granada deal

By David Knox on December 13, 2007 / Filed Under News 1

The Seven Network has signed a long term, exclusive deal with Granada International.

The agreement supplies Seven with Life Begins, William and Mary and new series, Lewis and My Boy Jack starring Daniel Radcliffe (pictured) and Kim Cattrall.

Granada Australia has also produced Seven’s effervescent Dancing with the Stars.

Granda’s Managing Director, Nadine Nohr, said, “We are very pleased to continue our long-standing and strong relationship with the Seven Network in Australia. We have a constant supply of innovative and exciting new programming to share with them and Australian viewers.”

Yesterday Seven announced it had renewed an output deal with NBCUniversal.

Press Release:

The Seven Network and Granada International, part of the United Kingdom’s ITV, today confirmed the signing of a long-term exclusive agreement that will deliver Granada International’s television programmes to Seven.

Granada International is the home of key programmes – including Prime Suspect and A Touch of Frost – which have enjoyed strong audiences in Australia. Seven will access Granada International’s current slate including Life Begins, William and Mary and new series, Lewis and My Boy Jack (starring Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall) which will launch in Australia in 2008.

Today’s agreement with Granada International adds further depth to Seven’s programming portfolio as the company expands its presence through multiple channels on the company’s digital television platform in Australia.

Seven’s connection with Granada began nearly four decades ago – with the Seven Revolution and the launch of British comedy and drama series on commercial television in Australia.

David Leckie, the Chief Executive Officer of Seven Media Group and the Seven Network, said: “We have a long and valuable partnership with Granada International and we are looking forward to Granada’s and ITV’s leadership in the production of television programmes playing a key role in our continuing success across Seven’s multiple channel platform.

“Critically for us, today has seen Seven secure its long-term programming with key producers of television content. Our agreements with The Walt Disney Company, NBC Universal and now Granada International are important: all three production companies are part of broader media businesses which include ownership of television networks. We are aligned with two of the biggest television networks in the United States and ITV which dominates broadcasting in the United Kingdom.”

Tim Worner, the Director of Programming and Production for the Seven Network, said: “Seven and Granada International understand each other. We have a terrific working relationship with Granada and we look forward to them continuing to create great television programmes and also working with us as we expand our multiple channel presence in broadcast television over the coming twelve months.”

Nadine Nohr, Managing Director of Granada International, added: “We are very pleased to continue our long-standing and strong relationship with the Seven Network in Australia. We have a constant supply of innovative and exciting new programming to share with them and Australian viewers.”

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  1. Neon Kitten December 13, 2007 at 4:14 pm -

    How can Granada supply Seven with William And Mary when that series, which consisted of 3 seasons of six episodes each and finished in the UK back in 2005, is no longer in production?

    Seven has screened every available episode, though thanks to the 7HD debacle, most fans of the show never got to see the final episode.

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