ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed its first international TV broadcast deal with Australia’s free-to-air Nine Network for Thunderbirds Are Go!, ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures’ reinvention of the iconic children’s show.
The deal sees Thunderbirds Are Go! airing on Nine’s youth-skewing digital channel GO! in its children’s programming block.
The series will also be available for viewers to catch-up via 9jumpin’s VOD service.
Thunderbirds Are Go! will air on GO! from spring 2015, shortly after the UK world premiere, which comes 50 years after the TV debut of the original series.
“Thunderbirds is an iconic and much-loved show, so it’s no surprise that we have had such enormous interest in Thunderbirds Are Go! from potential TV, digital and licensing partners worldwide," said Maria Kyriacou, MD of ITV Studios Global Entertainment and ROW.
"The show has long been close to the hearts of Australian audiences, so we are delighted that new and existing fans alike will have the opportunity to enjoy the new series.”
Nine Network and later GO! have been the Australian home of the classic Thunderbirds series since it first aired in the 1960s.
Martin Hersov, Director of Commercial Development at Nine Network added: “The classic Thunderbirds episodes have been a regular feature on the Nine schedule since the very beginning, so we are extremely pleased to be working with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on this exciting new series.
"We look forward to working with the full range of partners for this iconic property within the Australian market.”
Thunderbirds Are Go! is a mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets and will feature the five Tracy brothers piloting their vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe.