Foxtel licenses Australian format rights for American Pickers

Louise Duffy | 12-11-2012

Foxtel has signed a deal with A+E Networks for the Australian format rights for the hit series American Pickers. Aussie Pickers will air in Australia on A&E, which is managed locally by Foxtel.

The 10-episode Aussie Pickers will be produced by Shine Australia and will air in 2013. It will follow two Australian pickers as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and sheds, meeting quirky characters and hearing their stories.

Ellen Lovejoy, vice president of international content Distribution at A+E Networks, said: “A+E Networks has had a long-standing partnership with Foxtel, and we are thrilled to partner with them for the first international format of American Pickers.

“American Pickers is a proven success not only in the US, but also with our international partners around the world. I am confident that Aussie Pickers will have the same appeal for viewers in Australia.”

Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh added: “Aussie Pickers is a show with pedigree. American Pickers is one of the most popular shows on our newly launched factual entertainment channel A&E, and this local version will undoubtably capture the interest and imagination of Australian audiences and provide an excellent opportunity to further extend the brand.”

The American Pickers format licence follows A+E Networks’ recent announcement of Pawn Stars UK, the first international format for the blockbuster HISTORY series, Pawn Stars. A+E Networks is in discussion with a number of broadcasters across multiple properties as the company ramps up its formats business.