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Launching almost 140 unscripted hours from existing and new producer partners as it celebrates its 10th anniversary year, Australian independent, full-service distributor Fred Media has unveiled its offer MIPCOM 2023.
Hoff Roading 25 Sep 2023
With an appearance by the legendary David Hasselhoff, the slate is said to showcase a range of new and returning series from long-standing producer relationships as well as content from four new producer partners.

Long-term partner Stripe Studios has delivered four new series in time for launch at MIPCOM. Hoff Roading (10x30’) sees the Hollywood legend travel to New Zealand to present a travel show with a difference with friend Kiwi comedian and actor Rhys Darby. The adventure behind the scenes that takes centre stage as the show breaks the fourth wall and lets the audience see what happens when two A-list stars collide on a mad comedic journey across the country.

Two new series from parent company WTFN Entertainment mark Fred Media’s expansion into crime programming. The Hunters, (6x90’) produced for Seven Network, follows legendary investigative crime journalist Adam Shand, and Steve van Aperen, as they join forces to crack famous crimes wide open, leaving police no choice but to re-open cases. With exclusive access and trusted sources, these super sleuths paint visceral images of murders, kidnappings, horrific attacks, and underworld assassinations - making for true crime television at its finest.

Australia’s Most Dangerous Prisoners (8x60’), also for Seven Network, interviews ex-inmates, former correctional officers, journalists and forensic psychologists to learn about some of the most notorious men and women currently serving time down under – and the horrible crimes that put them behind bars.

Izzy & Beaver’s French Connection, (8x60') for Bravo NZ, follows All Black rugby legends and long-time friends Israel ‘Izzy’ Dagg and Stephen ‘Beaver’ Donald on a mischievous and amusing tour of France, while Iliza Shlesinger: This Tastes Funny (8x60’) catches up with US comedy star and actress Iliza (Good on Paper, The Righteous Gemstones) as she stops her world stand-up tour in New Zealand for an extended layover, bringing her chef husband, Noah Galuten, along for the ride. Getting behind the wheel of an RV, they set off on an epic voyage of comedy meets food…some of it, such as bungee jumping after a day’s wine tasting.

The final new series from Stripe Studios is Bravo NZ obs-doc series New Zealand Gold Diggers (8x60’), which follows three groups of amateur gold prospectors on a quest to strike it rich in remote, secret locations across the South Island of New Zealand.

The last new title from an existing producer partner is Wonderful Waste (6x30’), a fascinating series from New Mac that meets with six designers and inventors who are reimaging the role of waste in our world in the most innovative of ways.

The four new partners joining forces with Fred Media are Bengar Films, Resto Group International and North Light Productions – all from Australia – as well as Kenya’s YAKWETU Distribution.
“With so much consolidation and constant change in the market, our continued presence, long-serving team members and variety of quality content succeeds in making us a reassuring partner for producers and buyers alike,” commented Fred Media acquisitions manager Courtney Hicks.

“We are excited to launch so many wonderful titles at MIPCOM from our existing popular genres – such as food, travel, auto and reality - and are delighted to mark a first major foray into crime with two such hard-hitting new series as The Hunters and Australia’s Most Dangerous Prisoners.”