The SVOD rights battle is heating up in Australia, as existing services bolster programming ahead of Netflix’s imminent launch.
This week, Australian SVOD service Stan announced it has secured the rights to UCP’s Dig in the country, in partnership with Aussie public broadcaster SBS. Stan will air the series in its first window in the country, while SBC will pick up the second, with catch-up. Dig is a 10 x 60-minute murder mystery set in Jerusalem.
Developed by Israel’s Keshet International in association with the Jackal Group’s Gail Berman (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Gene Stein (Deception), the first episode of Dig airs March 6. SBS One will air the series in May and offer catch-up on its SBS On Demand service.
The series stars Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche, following FBI agent Peter Connelly (Isaacs) as he tries to solve the murder of a young American under the supervision of his new boss and occasional lover Lynn Monahan (Heche).
Keshet International also distributes Dig in New Zealand, Italy, Scandinavia, Russia, Turkey, India, English-speaking South Africa and Israel.
NBC Universal Distribution has the rights for the rest of the world, including the U.S., which premieres the series on the USA Network on March 5.