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05 May 2011

FOXTEL secures new Steven Spielberg series, FALLING SKIES - 4th May 2011

FOXTEL confirmed today it has secured the exclusive Australian television rights to FALLING SKIES, Steven Spielberg’s hotly anticipated new science fiction drama series starring Noah Wyle.

The 10-part series will air exclusively on FOX8, FOXTEL’s flagship entertainment channel, and will launch in Australia shortly after its American debut in June.

“Falling Skies is absolutely massive for FOX8. We are very proud and excited to have secured exclusive telecast rights as well as the online extras to this series,” said Duane Hatherly, Group Channel Manager FOX8, Arena and BIO.

“Let’s face it – any series that Steven Spielberg is so deeply involved in is a good get.”

FALLING SKIES opens in the aftermath of a hostile alien takeover – the Earth is in ruins and survivors are few. In the months following the attack, those who managed to evade capture or death have banded together in the difficult task of fighting for the future of humanity against staggering odds.

Noah Wyle stars as unlikely hero Tom Mason, a Boston history professor who must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as he becomes a leader in the resistance against a militaristic and merciless enemy bent on the destruction of humankind. After suffering the loss of his wife and the capture of one of his three sons, Tom will stop at nothing to rescue his captured son and ensure the safety of his remaining family.

FALLING SKIES focuses on the resilience of the survivors and their determination to maintain their humanity when all else has been destroyed. It is a tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which everyday people are called upon to become heroes. They may be outmatched, outnumbered and outgunned, but nothing can beat the human spirit. Most of all, the series is about the ties that bind people together in the most difficult of circumstances.

FALLING SKIES is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, Graham Yost (Justified, The Pacific) and screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat, who earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg. Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica) and Greg Beeman (Heroes, Smallville) are co-executive producers.

About FOX8
For non-stop entertainment, pleasure seekers across Australia look no further than FOX8. With exclusive series, event television, the hottest international shows and local productions, FOX8 delivers it all, 24 hours a day. FOX8 has your entertainment needs covered. AUSTRALIA’S & AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, AMERICAN IDOL, THE CONTENDER, WWE RAW, WWE SMACKDOWN!, GOSSIP GIRL and, of course, THE SIMPSONS. We’ve got 100% high velocity TV.

FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to over 1.63 million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL strives to ensure subscribers find TV they want to watch every time they switch on through delivery of more than 200 channels covering news, sport, general entertainment, movies, documentaries, music and children’s programming. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Consolidated Media Holdings Ltd (25%).

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