Rafters attracts international business

By David Knox on December 2, 2008 / Filed Under News 18

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


  1. Brian April 7, 2009 at 5:19 am -

    I watch the Aussie version online, and I hope if it does come to the states, they put it on as is. It seems whenever we (Americans) remake a TV show from overseas, we mess it up badly.

  2. nicole January 21, 2009 at 11:24 am -

    wat is the packe to the rafters address so i can send them a reqest on a signed autograf thanx plz tell me

  3. ali December 2, 2008 at 9:29 pm -

    The US PTRF is Brothers and Sisters (without Rob Lowe and politics)

  4. David Knox December 2, 2008 at 7:45 pm -

    I think it’s pretty clear any US screening would be a remake.

  5. Sharpy December 2, 2008 at 7:37 pm -

    Are US producers interested in it to broadcast the aussie version, or so they can rape and pillage it and re-make it into a US-version?

  6. Amir December 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm -

    That’s great news if the U.S. picks it up, but doesn’t remake it. I think it’s a great show, and could even do well there. If they remake it…it’s their loss I guess. Heaps of money going to waste, when they have a perfectly good show they can buy and play.

  7. Jack! December 2, 2008 at 5:24 pm -

    This show has a lot going for it … one of our very strongest creations in many years! I was veery sceptical at first but it has won me over big time … did anyone else see the guy who played the drug addict husband/boyfriend (?) in a recent episode of The Strip as a Fireman??? Wow … why didn’t we get to see that much of him in Packed … he is soooo hot!

  8. may December 2, 2008 at 5:07 pm -

    Yay for international business attraction.. i just wonder.. if they are going to remark it with new people.. I dont think anyone else could play the parents like erik thompson and rebecca gibney… if they do buy it.. I hope they buy it with our actors and dont create their own

  9. Belinda December 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm -

    ABC (America) had to remake New Zealand’s Outrageous Fortune, and that is a million times better than Packed to the Rafters, so I doubt PTTR will air on a major American network without being remade.

  10. seanie December 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm -

    I can see a remake of this show ending up on abc in the US, it actually seems quite a lot like Brothers & Sisters, except not so political with more comedic moments.

  11. Andrew B December 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm -

    The show works because it is so different to everything else on TV these days. You can miss an episode as well quite easily and not lose any impact on next episodes. Idea should work well anywhere!

  12. Jerome December 2, 2008 at 2:02 pm -

    this is great news. i only hope that it is not unaustralianised into the future as a result. this show is very australian which is probably part of the reason that it is so successful here.

  13. Brodie December 2, 2008 at 1:23 pm -

    Not surprised everyone is keen to get their hands on Rafters, by far the best new show for 09.

  14. J Bar December 2, 2008 at 11:53 am -

    Whatever happened to the never screened episodes of HeadLand? Are they ever going to see the light of day? Maybe Ch 7 can screen them on their new channel that’ll be launched in 2009, along with repeats of other ch 7 series and soapies.

  15. Benno December 2, 2008 at 11:49 am -

    If so, just wait for the fans to wail about “it’s our show, you can’t just copy it” (see comments re US Kath and Kim)

  16. RichoTB December 2, 2008 at 11:39 am -

    How long until a US Packed to the Rafters is in the works?

  17. Craig December 2, 2008 at 7:35 am -

    I miss Always Greener :(

    Good on them, over seas buyers are good news.

    So any word on the DVD release and what of the 22 ep season or did they change their mind to make it 14 eps and use the rest as part of S2?

  18. jack December 2, 2008 at 6:57 am -

    Its time a UK Network picked the show up. It would be perfect for Five on an evening.

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