ATV drama series head to Fox

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 08 May 2015

The 21st Century Fox subsidiary Fox International Channels (FIC) has acquired 840 hours of television drama from Hong Kong free-to-air broadcaster Asia Television (ATV).

The deal will bring 28 TV series from ATV's library to the pay-TV company, including ATV's signature show My Date with a Vampire, along with Central Affairs, Forrest Cat, Flaming Brothers and I Have a Date with Spring.

The shows will be broadcast on FIC's three Chinese flagship channels, including SCM Legend.

FIC has acquired the perpetual right of these programmes from the struggling broadcaster, according to the South China Morning Post.

In addition to the FIC deal, the cash-strapped ATV has sold 3,000 hours of TV series and hundreds of classic Chinese films to its competitor TVB for just under HK$20 million.

ATV, which has been on air since 1957, will stop broadcasting once its licence expires in April 2016, having failed to come up with a restructuring proposal.

The broadcaster's executive director, Ip Ka-po, has claimed the company is in talks with an interested buyer, although the Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung has urged ATV to settle its future path as quickly as possible for the sake of its staff.