Legendary Australian Soap Opera
NEIGHBOURS to Make American Debut
July 14, Exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus
Five New Episodes to rollout weekly on Hulu and Hulu Plus
Including a Special Guest Appearance by Paula Abdul
MELBOURNE and LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2014) – Life on suburban Ramsay Street may seem quiet on the surface, but on Monday, July 14, American audiences will learn all about the intrigue, heartbreak and scandal that fills the lives of its residents when the landmark Australian soap opera NEIGHBOURS makes its U.S. debut, exclusively on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service.
New episodes of NEIGHBOURS will debut daily, Monday through Friday, on Hulu and Hulu Plus - ensuring fans can stay up to date on the latest developments on Ramsay Street and won’t miss a minute of the drama in each 22-minute episode. The five weekly episodes will air four weeks after the Australian broadcast.
The U.S. premiere week of NEIGHBOURS will feature a story arc that includes a guest appearance by actress and singer Paula Abdul. In the Friday, July 18th episode, Abdul visits Ramsay Street to drop in on Doctor Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher), who admits to a crush on the former American Idol judge – much to the surprise of his wife, Susan (Jackie Woodburne).
The premiere episodes mark the beginning of a number of new story arcs on NEIGHBOURS, making it an ideal entry port for American soap-opera fans who are new to the lives and loves on Ramsay Street in the fictional Australian suburb of Erinsborough.
“NEIGHBOURS provides a delicious daily dose of Australian sunshine to soap-opera fans, and thanks to Hulu, we’re coming to the U.S. at a perfect entry point for first-time viewers,” said Jeff Siegel, VP Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment at FremantleMedia. “The drama, the excitement and the intrigue are all wonderfully accessible to anyone eager to get hooked on the compelling storylines of Australia’s longest-running scripted television series.”
Distributed globally by FremantleMedia International, NEIGHBOURS comes to the U.S. with enormous popularity and acclaim both in its native Australia and in the United Kingdom, where it has a long history of success.
NEIGHBOURS joins a growing number of international soap operas available on Hulu and Hulu Plus, making it the top destination for viewers who can’t get enough of the intense drama and unexpected plot twists that are their hallmarks.
Although NEIGHBOURS will be new to most American viewers, the series’ long history of being a “proving ground” for remarkable talent has led to celebrities who are part of their everyday lives.
Such globally recognized talents as Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Alan Dale (Lost, Once Upon a Time), Jesse Spencer (House), Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Man of Steel) and Natalie Imbruglia all appeared on NEIGHBOURS early in their careers, adding to the remarkable history of the series and its more than 6,800 episodes.
NEIGHBOURS was first broadcast in Australia in 1985 and has since had over 6,900 episodes produced, making the series the longest running and most successful Australian drama of all time. The soap follows the residents of Ramsay Street in the fictional borough of Erinsborough, who deal with the challenges and issues that ordinary people face every day. Produced by FremantleMedia Australia, NEIGHBOURS continues to attract and fascinate a legion of devoted fans all over the world.
FremantleMedia is one of the largest creators, producers and distributors of television brands in the world. It is responsible for many of the world’s highest rated prime time entertainment, drama, serial drama, factual entertainment and kids & family programming, with capabilities that extend from content creation to licensing, digital and branded entertainment, gaming and home entertainment. The FremantleMedia Group (which includes FremantleMedia International, FremantleMedia Digital & Branded Entertainment, FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment, FremantleMedia North America, UFA, FremantleMedia UK, FremantleMedia Australia, Ludia, @radical.media and Original Productions, among others) has an outstanding global network with operations in 28 countries, creating over 8,500 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 60 formats and airing 400 programmes a year worldwide. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FremantleMedia has some of the world’s most famous and long running formats in its catalogue, and globally produces such programmes as: Idols, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), Take Me Out, Hole In The Wall, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Through the Keyhole Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeite, Wentworth, Neighbours, Generation War, Salatut Elamat, Grand Designs, Project Runway, Tree Fu Tom and Strange Hill High. FremantleMedia is part of RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, which is in turn 75.1 percent owned by the international media company Bertelsmann. www.fremantlemedia.com