Cloudstreet’s international distribution acquired by Target Entertainment

Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet will be distributed internationally and domestically on DVD after the rights were acquired by Target Entertainment and Roadshow Entertainment.  

The announcement:

July 31, 2011 –

One of the world’s leading international distributors, Target Entertainment, has acquired the international sales rights to the critically acclaimed mini-series Tim Winton’s cloudstreet, it was announced today.

Also announced was Roadshow Entertainment’s acquisition of the DVD rights to the celebrated mini-series for Australia and DVD and television rights in New Zealand.

The highly anticipated mini-series premiered exclusively on SHOWTIME Australia’s showcase channel, on the FOXTEL and AUSTAR platforms, to critical acclaim in May 2011, and Target Entertainment will launch Tim Winton’s cloudstreet to the world market at MIPCOM 2011.

In making the announcement CEO of SHOWTIME Australia Peter Rose said: “Tim Winton’s cloudstreet cements SHOWTIME Australia’s continued commitment to making outstanding television entertainment for our premium channel showcase. I am delighted that an international distributor of Target’s calibre will be taking Tim Winton’s cloudstreet to the world and that we will be partnering with Roadshow Entertainment in the DVD rights in Australia and DVD and television rights in New Zealand.”

Alison Rayson, CEO of Target Entertainment added: “This faithful television adaptation from Screentime of Tim Winton’s iconic bestselling novel is rich in onscreen talent, style and dramatic content, making it compulsive viewing for international audiences. We are very proud at Target to have won the global rights to such a prestigious and high end drama series from SHOWTIME Australia and look forward hugely to presenting it to our buyers at MIPCOM in October.”

Roadshow Entertainment Managing Director Chris Chard said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with SHOWTIME Australia in releasing this very important mini-series to the home entertainment market. Cloudstreet has been a part of the Australian literary landscape for 20 years now, and we now have the honour of bringing this much-lauded series to the market for a new generation to enjoy.”

Des Monaghan, Executive Chairman of Screentime said: “We are indebted to Tim Winton for entrusting us to take his magical novel from the page to the screen and we are delighted that our partnership with SHOWTIME Australia led to such a well received result. We are confident that Alison Rayson and her team at Target will do a great job in introducing the world to the magic of Tim Winton’s cloudstreet and that Chris Chard and his team at Roadshow will be equally successful in giving Australians the opportunity to acquire a permanent record of this landmark mini-series.”

Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast including Stephen Curry, Essie Davis, Emma Booth, Geoff Morrell, Kerry Fox, Todd Lasance and Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Tim Winton’s cloudstreet is set in and around Perth, Western Australia during the 1940s and 1950s. cloudstreet tells the story of two rural families who suffer separate catastrophes and flee to the city to pick up the pieces of their lives and start again.

Brought together in the same house at No.1 Cloud Street, the Lambs and the Pickles’ share numerous tragedies and triumphs that draw them closer together, until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

A Screentime production for SHOWTIME Australia’s showcase channel, Tim Winton’s cloudstreet was directed by Matthew Saville, written by Tim Winton and Ellen Fontana, produced by Greg Haddrick and Brenda Pam and executive produced by Kim Vecera, Des Monaghan, Sean H. Ferrer and Kirk M. Hallam.

Source: Showtime Australia


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