Packed To The Rafters has been sold to South Africa, Belgium, The Netherlands, several Scandinavian countries and Ireland and now there is strong interest from American producers – including Lost‘s Damon Lindelhof and Carlton Cuse.
Seven Programmer Tim Worner confirmed he recently took a copy of the pilot to the US.
“After the second week’s ratings results here, the overseas people just came out of the trees to buy the show – US networks, US studios, UK producers – and everyone wanted copies,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“It certainly already has some big name fans in Hollywood, including Damon Lindelhof and Carlton Cuse, the makers of Lost.”
Cathy Payne of distributors Southern Star says overseas markets are responding to the same themes that Australians tapped into: a family coming together in tough times which has unintentionally coincided with the global financial crisis.
“They like that it makes them smile, can be bittersweet and everyone can see a little bit of their family in it, and they respond.”
The show has been Seven’s biggest hit outside of the Olympics, and a sweet victory for creator Bevan Lee, whose HeadLand series disappeared quickly, and Always Greener which many say ended prematurely.
Source: Daily Telegraph