Foxtel’s 2022 content: NRL, NBA, Selling in the City, and Game of Thrones prequel, House of Dragon plus more

Foxtel today announced a line-up of premium entertainment over the next 12 months, featuring a significant slate of Foxtel Originals alongside dramas, movies and docuseries, all in one place.

Headlining Foxtel’s extensive local LifeStyle channel offering is new Australian original series Selling in the City, with interior designer Rosie Morley and landscape expert Paddy Milne as hosts of the original format. A spin-off from Selling Houses Australia, Selling In The City is a millennial skewed brand that features design trends, clever solutions for small spaces and the best ways to get the absolute most out of a small, urban property.

Returning Foxtel Originals include The Great Australian Bake Off which sees judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran and hosts Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle return to the shed with 12 new and bakers.

Morley is an award-winning interior designer and an industry leader with nearly 20 years of local and international experience. Meanwhile, Milne has built up a successful landscape design business, The Scape Artist.

Foxtel Groups, general manager, Lifestyle, Wendy Moore, who is also one of the new hosts of Selling Houses, said: “Selling in the City will focus on the millions of urban-dwelling Australians who live in apartments, terraces and townhouses and want to renovate and transform their homes to sell and change where they live. This fresh approach takes the trusted Selling Houses brand and opens it up to a whole new audience.

“Our viewers’ passion for home-grown programming is only matched by their love of the experts who front them, so it’s important we get the casting right. After an exhaustive search, we’re delighted to have landed on this dynamic duo that bring to life the series ethos,” she said.

Selling Houses returns in 2022

GroupM CEO, Aimee Buchanan commented on Foxtel’s upfront presentation: “Today’s showcase demonstrated the strength, momentum and transformation of the Foxtel offering.

“From the strength of content line-up, to the evolution of their business to a subscription streaming video business and their focus on innovation, they continue to push their proposition to new levels. Their ongoing drive to serve every ad digitally will ultimately deliver a superior experience for advertisers and consumers.”

Also new to Foxtel in 2022 is The Repair Shop Australia, based on the UK format. Host Dean Ipaviz will lead a team of passionate and highly skilled craftspeople who come to the rescue of treasured possessions which are broken or damaged, revealing the stories behind these family heirlooms.

Returning Foxtel Originals include The Great Australian Bake Off which sees judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran and hosts Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle return to the shed with 12 new bakers.

LifeStyle’s franchise Selling Houses Australia also returns for a refreshed 14th season, hosted by Andrew Winter. He will be joined by Moore and landscape designer Dennis Scott.

Also coming in 2022 – a new season of Grand Designs Australia with Peter Maddison, Deborah Hutton’s Find Your Dream Home and Gogglebox Australia, which returns for its 15th season. It is accompanied for the first time by Celebrity Gogglebox Australia.

Grand Designs Australia also returns to screens in 2022

Foxtel Original dramas include The Twelve, a courtroom drama that tells the story of 12 ordinary Australians who are selected for jury duty in a murder trial in which a woman stands accused of killing a child. The writing team for The Twelve features a line-up including Wentworth’s Leah Purcell.

On top of that, comedy drama series Upright will return for a second season with actor, musician and comedian Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock reprising their roles as misfit duo Lucky and Meg.

New international dramas coming to Foxtel include arctic thriller The North Water with Jack O’Connell and Colin Farrell; and Ragdoll, a serial killer drama from the makers of Killing Eve. Both series premiere On Demand next month.

2022 will bring the Game of Thrones prequel, House of Dragon, based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘Fire & Blood’, and starring Upright’s Milly Alcock. Other exclusive dramas coming next year include The Cleaning Lady, created by Miranda Kwok, new DC superhero series The Peacemaker with John Cena, and dystopian miniseries DMZ.

Also coming in 2022, Shining Vale starring Courtney Cox, and Somebody Somewhere, a new comedy series starring and executive produced by comedian and singer Bridget Everett.

Game of Thrones prequel – House of Dragon’s to premiere on Foxtel in 2022

Returning international series include second seasons of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama Raised by Wolves starring Aussie Travis Fimmel, and teen drama Euphoria with Emmy award-winner Zendaya, as well as new seasons of Righteous Gemstones, Young Rock, A Discovery of Witches and Outlander.

In sport, after another challenging and unpredictable year, 2022 will see the action kick off with Fox Cricket’s coverage of the Ashes with every ball to be shown live and ad-free during play in 4K Ultra High Definition. As a key broadcast partner of ESPN in Australia, Foxtel is bringing all NBL games and select NBA games to fans across the summer along with every match of the WNBL for the first time.

March will see the return of NRL and AFL with every game of both regular seasons to be broadcast live and ad break free during play.

In addition, Foxtel will showcase every match of the newly acquired Super Netball Season along with Australian International Tests and Quad Series. There will also be Supercars and Formula 1 events along with Main Event Boxing, Golf, AFLW, NFL, Surfing, as part of Foxtel’s sport offering.

According to News Corp’s Annual Report 2020, The Foxtel Group generated revenue primarily through subscription revenue from its pay-TV and streaming services as well as advertising revenue.

The report cited: “For the year ended June 30, 2021, subscription revenues from the Foxtel Group’s streaming services, which include Kayo, Binge, Foxtel Now and other streaming products, represented 14% of total circulation and subscription revenues at the Subscription Video Services segment.”

The report also noted that: “The Foxtel Group’s business generally is not highly seasonal, though results can fluctuate due to the timing and mix of its local and international sports programming, as expenses associated with licensing certain programming rights are recognized during the applicable season or event.”


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