Library contains over 14,000 hours of content

Endemol has bought Southern Star Group, Australia’s largest independent television production and distribution org, from Fairfax Media.

Included in the sale is Southern Star Intl., one of the world’s largest indie distribs of English-language programming, selling to more than 200 countries from offices in Sydney, London and Paris. Among the skeins the company reps are “Home and Away,” “Wire in the Blood” and “Packed to the Rafters.”

Southern Star Intl.’s library contains more than 14,000 hours of content, including dramas “Blue Heelers,” “Water Rats” and “The Secret Life of Us.”

Another subsid, Southern Star Entertainment, is Australia’s largest independent TV producer. Productions include dramas “Out of the Blue,” “Bed of Roses,” “Dangerous” and “Love My Way.”

Deal also covers Southern Star’s 49% share in joint-venture Endemol Southern Star, responsible for a lineup of entertainment, reality and lifestyle programming in Australia and New Zealand.

Continuing in their roles are Hugh Marks, CEO of Southern Star Group; Endemol Southern Star and Southern Star Entertainment managing director Rory Callaghan; and Southern Star Intl. CEO Cathy Payne.

The sale, which is conditional on obtaining regulatory approval, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Oxford Scientific Films and children’s producer Darrall Macqueen, formerly part of the Southern Star Group, remain under Fairfax Media’s ownership.

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