Broadcast News
Bookmark and Share
18/03/2008
Southern Star Announces Merger With Oxford Scientific Films
Film and television production and distribution group Southern Star has announced that it is to merge its factual business unit, which is currently based in Sydney, with acclaimed natural history and science producer Oxford Scientific Films.
Oxford Scientific Films' Chief Executive Officer Clare Birks will head the new division that will continue to use the Oxford Scientific Films brand for specialist factual programmes with the new Southern Star Factual brand used for features and factual entertainment shows.
Ms Birks said: "We have a number of highly talented producers within the group all of whom are pitching to much the same customers in what is becoming an increasingly global business. I look forward to working with all the producers to maximise the creative effort as well as combining back office functions where possible to deliver the best possible ideas and projects to our customers."
Southern Star Chief Executive Officer, Hugh Marks, said: "Under Clare's leadership the Oxford Scientific Brand has grown significantly over the last few years. This move will enable us to maximise our potential to meet the future demands of our factual customers."
Through Southern Star factual in Sydney and Oxford Scientific Films in London, the business will bring together award-winning producers responsible for quality programming such as 'Meerkat Manor' (Animal Planet), 'Atom' (BBC), 'Perfect Weapon' (National Geographic Channels International), 'Forensic Investigators (Seven Network) and 'Supercells' (National Geographic).
Clare Birks has also announced that Alice Keens-Soper joined the company as an executive producer at the beginning of the year, with a remit to focus on winning commissions from the UK networks. Alice was Series Producer on the cult BBC series 'Mischief' and produced the critically acclaimed 'Aztecs' series for Channel 4 with DBC Pierre.
Oxford Scientific Films has been an award-winning producer of specialist factual programmes for more than 30 years, supplying films to many of the world's major broadcasters including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, WNET, Channel 4, Five, ITV and Sky One.
Southern Star is Australia's largest independent creator and producer of television programming. Its output includes factual and documentary; prime-time drama; and children's and family television programming.
(KMcA)



Top Broadcast News Stories
Subscribe to Daily Broadcast News
22/10/2014
Miller Keeps A Firm Grip Inside Ambrym Volcano
When filmmaker Geoff Mackley and award-winning photographer Bradley Ambrose, decided to descend deep into the crater of one of the world's most active
22/10/2014
Canon Launches EOS C100 Mark II
Canon has expanded its Cinema EOS System with the launch of the EOS C100 Mark II - its latest large sensor professional video camera for single operat
22/10/2014
Sound Devices Launch Firmware 2.10 For Rack-Mounted Recorders
Sound Devices introduce Firmware 2.10 - the latest software update for its 970 audio rack-mounted and PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i video rack-mount
22/10/2014
K-Array Branches Out At The Roundhouse
K-array loudspeakers helped transform London's Roadhouse, a former locomotive shed, into an interactive art space, as a unique sound and lighting inst
22/10/2014
Frank Mottek to Host SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(SMPTE), has announced that award-winning television and radio news anchor Frank Mottek will hos
22/10/2014
SDUK Shows QLX-D Wireless At PLASA 2014
Shure Distribution UK used PLASA 2014 to debut its new QLX-D Digital Wireless system, which the company says delivers "exceptional wireless performanc
21/10/2014
NETIA To Showcase At BITAM 2014
At BITAM 2014, NETIA will showcase its new Media Assist software suite, which builds on the strengths of the company's acclaimed product portfolio to
21/10/2014
Rec4Box OB Factory Equips Three OB Units With Riedel
Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that its Artist digital matri
21/10/2014
S+H Installs Lighting And Video Wall At Twitchen Holiday Village
S+H Technical Support Ltd has designed and supplied stage lighting and an interactive projection wall for the newly opened Woolacombe Bay Holiday Park
21/10/2014
Swedish Production Company Pioneers European Adoption Of iZotope RX 4
"RX is the plug-in that makes the biggest difference in sound quality on our projects, especially on projects with difficult production circumstances