Foxtel steps up local production

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Brand new Aussie shows spearhead Foxtel's programming across the next year.

In the next 12 months Foxtel is ramping up its local production slate, promising more Australia's Next Top Model, Project Runway Australia, The Contender Australia and new shows in entertainment and factual shows.

The move follows the announcement of another free-to-air channel in the form of 7mate, which includes a number of titles that have screened on pay TV.

Among the new shows set to air across 2010/2011 is Got To Dance (Australia). Coming to FOX8 in late 2011 this UK format will showcase Australian dance acts of all ages, styles and size. Produced by Shine Australia it is also expected to include Adam Garcia as a judge on the series.

FOX8 also promises the ultimate in blind dates as Dating in the Dark Australia begins in December. Based on the US and UK formats the show puts guys and girls together in a pitch-black room while infrared cameras film their every move. Expect touching, feeling, smooching and embarrassed faces when the lights are turned on.

Another FOX8 series next year will be Cricket Superstar, a new talent search based on the success of Football Superstar. Lee Furlong will host this search for the next big thing in cricket.

One of the more interesting announcements is a new 10-part multi-platform drama series called SLiDE. To be filmed in Brisbane, it follows the unpredictable exploits of a group of teenagers as they prepare to face life after school.

The Comedy Channel will produce Balls of Steel -- that UK prank show where comedians unleash a variety of stupid, dangerous and highly ill-advised stunts on the unsuspecting public. Do not attempt this at home.

Also coming to The Comedy Channel is former AFL Footy Show star Trevor Marmalade. His new series The Statesmen of Comedy is to be produced by Eddie McGuire's McGuire Media. Marmalade will be joined by some of his local Melbourne comics in this half-hour format.

The Crime and Investigation Channel has Kalgoorlie Cops from February, getting up close with the law in a town that is rife with money, murder, miners, hookers, gold-theft, crooks, outlaw bikers and even Friday night punch-ups.

The History Channel will produce Tony Robinson Digs Australia and The People Speak: Australia with some of the greatest speeches of ordinary Aussies re-enacted by renowned actors.

An excited executive director of television, Brian Walsh said, "Additionally, we have made a significant investment into international acquisitions and our landmark deal with 20th Century Fox continues with an exciting line-up of new series, perfect for Foxtel. With Ride Along, The Glades, The Gates and Terra Nova we have international first-run product covered."

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