Beyond Distribution Sells 240-Plus Hours, Elevates Exec


CANNES: Beyond Distribution has placed more than 240 hours of programming, including Deadly Women, with Foxtel, and has also expanded the role of Joanne Azzopardi, who brokered the deal, to senior VP of sales and acquisitions.

In her new role, Azzopardi will handle sales and acquisitions for Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Azzopardi previously served as the VP of sales in these territories. The 240.5-hour package deal with Foxtel spans a range of programming genres, including lifestyle, factual entertainment and crime.

The agreement includes the second seasons of both Love It or List It UK and Game of Homes, which are launching at MIPTV. Foxtel also acquired Love It or List It Vancouver seasons one and three, as well as the first four seasons of the original Love It or List It series. Other titles covered in the agreement are Highway Thru Hell season four, BBQ Crawl season three and Living La Dolce Vita. Crime titles include season three of Stranger in My Home, the fourth season of Fatal Vows and season nine of Deadly Women.

Azzopardi commented, “I’m thrilled to be working with Foxtel, the perfect home for these high-quality shows, which include some of our key brands. I’m also looking forward to my new role handling acquisitions as well as sales, working with clients and producers across these exciting territories.”

Michael Murphy, the general manager at Beyond Distribution, added, “Joanne has proved herself to become an essential part of our operations in these territories. Her new role is richly deserved and I am pleased she will be able to continue to offer our key clients, like Foxtel, and our producers, the highest levels of professional service.”