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FREMANTLE GROW MERLIN PROGRAM
Network Ten in Australia has successfully secured the much sought-after broadcast
rights to Merlin - one of the most anticipated series to come out of the United King-
dom in recent years - from FremantleMedia Enterprises. Merlin explores the adventures
of the young man destined to become the legendary sorcerer and brings to life a new
legend for a contemporary audience.
The 13 x one-hour fantasy drama series, reportedly one of the most signifi-
cant investments by a UK broadcaster in years, revisits the saga of Prince Arthur
(Bradley James) and his wizard, Merlin (Colin Morgan), in the mythical city of
Camelot. The story centres on these two characters as ambitious young men,
struggling to understand their destinies and road to becoming extraordinary.
Beverley McGarvey, Ten’s network head of programming, said, “Ten is very proud to have
acquired such a prestigious new drama. Its multi-generational appeal, compelling cast,
impeccable production, writing and special effects will make it a stand out television
event and a spellbinding addition to our 2009 line-up.”
“We also look forward to continuing our strong relationship with FremantleMedia Enterprises, with whom we have a long
and successful history - most significantly partnering in the numerous successful Jamie Oliver series that have made TEN
their home in the Australian market.”
Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy are the members of Shine Television’s Emmy Award winning production team leading
Merlin, with the CGI effects being created by The Mill, the Oscar winning visual effects team behind Gladiator.
Merlin’s cast has a depth of experience set to complement the up-and-coming talented leads with Santiago Cabrera as
Lancelot (Heroes), Anthony Head as Uther (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Richard Wilson as Gauis (A Passage to India), Angel
Coulby as Gwen (Magicians) and Katie McGrath as Morgana (The Tudors). Legendary actor John Hurt will be lending his
iconic voice as the great Dragon.
Merlin is a Shine production for the BBC, and premiered on BBC1 in September. In addition to Australia, FremantleMedia
Enterprises has also closed pre-sales over the summer, prior to its launch at Mipcom, with NBC in the US (who will air it
in Winter 2009), and CTV, Canada’s leading television network. FremantleMedia Enterprises is the exclusive international
rights holders for distribution, licensing, and home entertainment (exclud-
ing the UK).
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With a wealth of experience over many years representing a diverse
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in the UK, East/West Europe and Australasia.
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