Channel 4's Foreign-Language Drama Streamer Walter Presents to Launch in Australia

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Walter Presents founder and curator Walter Iuzzolino

Australian pay TV giant Foxtel, co-owned by News Corp and telecom firm Telstra, is the partner bringing the service to the country as of November.

U.K. TV company Channel 4's foreign-language drama streaming service Walter Presents, which earlier this year launched in the U.S., is coming to Australia.

Channel 4 has partnered with Australian pay TV giant Foxtel, co-owned by News Corp and telecom firm Telstra, to bring the service to the country as of Nov. 1.

The video-on-demand service will deliver top-rated, exclusive and original first-run drama series from around the world to Foxtel and Foxtel Now customers in the second stage of a planned global rollout. Walter Presents is named after its curator and host Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan who hand picks each show.

Walter Presents series will premiere on Foxtel’s On Demand service, and from mid-December, Foxtel drama channel Showcase will have a Friday night Walter Presents slot to feature some dramas. New release Walter Presents dramas will be added every month.

Foxtel plans to offer more than 150 hours of premium foreign-language drama in its first year, including Nordic thrillers and South American chillers.

The three series for the Australian launch of Walter Presents in November are Locked Up, a Spanish drama set in a high-security women’s prison; Brazil's Merciless, in which a serial killer infiltrates the police to play a cat-and-mouse game with the forensic psychologist tasked with tracking him down; and Vanished by the Lake, a French Noir murder mystery.

Other series coming up include Fugitives from HBO Latin America, Mexican family crime saga Mr Avila and Belgian psychological thriller 13 Commandments.

Said Iuzzolino: "We’re proud to be partnering with Foxtel, Australia’s most prestigious home of premium scripted series. Australian audiences are some of the most forward thinking and sophisticated in the world. They have a hunger for compelling, quality international drama as demonstrated by the success of Nordic Noir here, and we are thrilled to be able to broaden the scope and palette of the international drama offerings further with additions from countries as diverse as Mexico, Holland, Chile, Spain and Belgium."

Foxtel director of content Ross Crowley said: "Walter Presents brings an entirely new element to the Foxtel entertainment experience. Australia has one of the richest and most diverse audiences in the world, with many speaking languages other than English at home. In teaming with master curator Walter Iuzzolino, we’re genuinely excited to bring some of the boldest, most exciting, premium dramas from around the world to our On Demand catalogue."

Walter Presents launched in the U.K. on Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 in January 2016.