Walter Presents, which showcases some of the world’s best foreign language dramas to UK and US audiences, has announced that it has partnered with Foxtel to launch in Australia on November 1st.
Walter Presents plans to offer more than 150 hours of premium foreign-language drama in its first year on Foxtel’s on demand service, Foxtel Now, with new additions every month. In addition, from mid-December, linear drama channel Showcase will give Walter Presents a Friday night slot to air its highest profile acquisitions.
The three series available at launch in Australia are: Locked Up, a Spanish drama set in a high-security women’s prison; Brazil’s Merciless, in which a serial killer infiltrates the police to play a cat-and-mouse game with the forensic psychologist tasked with tracking him down; and Vanished by the Lake, a French Noir murder mystery.
Walter Iuzzolino, co-founder and curator of Walter Presents, says: “Australian audiences are some of the most forward thinking and sophisticated in the world.”
“They have a hunger for compelling, quality international drama as demonstrated by the success of Nordic Noir here and we are thrilled to be able to broaden the scope and palette of the international drama offerings further with additions from countries as diverse as Mexico, Holland, Chile, Spain and Belgium.”
Foxtel Director of Content, Ross Crowley, adds: “Walter Presents brings an entirely new element to the Foxtel entertainment experience. Australia has one of the richest and most diverse audiences in the world, with many speaking languages other than English at home.”
“In teaming with master curator Walter Iuzzolino, we’re genuinely excited to bring some of the boldest, most exciting, premium dramas from around the world to our On Demand catalogue.”