Seven in 2024
The home of mass cultural moments
The Seven Network locked in its position as Australia’s #1 broadcast and digital company today, revealing a market-leading line-up of content to get Australia’s heart racing in 2024.
The destination for mass cultural moments that engage, inspire and define the nation, Seven presented its Upfront 2024 from the centre of South by Southwest Sydney to more than 1,000 guests, capturing the spirit of the festival by delivering innovative and creative ways to connect more Australians with more local content across the screens of Seven.
Seven’s line-up of proven, reliable hits includes 7NEWS, Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Chase Australia, Home and Away, Better Homes and Gardens, Farmer Wants A Wife, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars, The 1% Club, Australian Idol, RFDS, My Kitchen Rules, Big Brother, 7NEWS Spotlight and the TV WEEK Logie Awards.
A full 52-week schedule of Australia’s most-loved sport includes the AFL, cricket, horse racing, Supercars, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and much more.
Seven will take sport to a new level in 2024, when the AFL and cricket debut in full on 7plus, marking the first time Australia’s biggest and most popular sports will be available for free on a streaming platform.
The newcomers on Seven in 2024 include Dream Home, Stranded On Honeymoon Island, Made in Bondi, Once In A Lifetime and all-new First Dates.
Also new next year are Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story, The Wave, Australia’s Most Dangerous Prisoners, The Hunters, The Rise And Fall Of Kings Cross, King Con: The Life And Crimes Of Hamish McLaren and The Australian Roast Of John Cleese.
Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said: “Seven creates great content. We eat, sleep and breathe content that connects with heartland Australia more than anyone else. We are the leaders in content. That’s why we have been the most watched network for 15 of the past 17 years, including the past three years in a row.
“Again this year, our content has made us #1 nationally in all people, 25 to 54s and 16 to 39s. No matter how you cut the numbers, more Australians turn to Seven than any other total TV network and we consistently deliver the most watched news, sport and entertainment content across all screens.
“No one can match Seven’s reach and our ability to bring mass cultural experiences to all of Australia. This year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt and 2024 will again demonstrate our ability to touch the heart of Australia.
“Seven is the leader of the digital content revolution, with 7plus set to soar even higher from late 2024 when the AFL and cricket arrive on a free streaming platform for the first time,” he said.
“From September 2024, Seven will have not just the broadcast rights, but also the digital rights to the AFL – Australia’s biggest sport. Every round, every final, every platform. Millions of Australians will be able to see their favourite team play on Seven and 7plus for free, for the first time, with no paywall in sight.
“From October 2024, we are proud to extend our cricket rights to digital as well, with every ball streamed across every screen, live and on demand,” Mr Warburton said.
“The addition of AFL and cricket to 7plus will be biggest game changer in the history of Australian streaming. Together, they will represent four billion new minutes of viewing on 7plus a year.
“That is the equivalent in minutes of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and FIFA Women’s World Cup™ combined – not 17 days or five weeks but 52 weeks of the year, every year. It’s a whole new ball game, for Seven, for sport fans and for our commercial partners,” he said.
Seven’s Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, Angus Ross, said: “There is a reason Seven is #1. We know Australians. We know how to engage and connect with them. We know the mass cultural moments that entertain, inform and inspire them.
“Consistency, reliability, impact and connection are the hallmarks of Seven. That’s why we are #1 overall again this year, #1 in news, #1 in sport and #1 in local drama, and why our key entertainment tentpoles increased their audiences this year.
“In 2024, the content Australians love will be back on the screens of Seven, from Sunrise and The Morning Show, to The Chase Australia, 7NEWS, Home and Away and Better Homes and Gardens, from The Voice, Farmer Wants A Wife and Dancing With The Stars – with new co-host Dr Chris Brown – to The 1% Club, My Kitchen Rules, RFDS and Australian Idol with Kyle Sandilands, Marcia Hines and Amy Shark; special events such as the TV WEEK Logie Awards, the Good Friday Appeal in Melbourne and the Channel 7 Telethon in Perth; and much, much more,” he said.
“Joining them will be a stellar collection of new local series, including Dream Home with Dr Chris Brown, First Dates, Stranded On Honeymoon Island and many more.
“Add our incredible 52-week schedule of sport and it’s a line-up that will ensure Seven remains Australia’s most watched video content company in 2024.”
Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer, Kurt Burnette, said: “Creating content that connects the hearts and minds of Australians with the most watched content is what we do at Seven – and 2024 will be no different. This year we delivered some extraordinary moments that helped shape culture and change behaviour and we will do it again next year.
“The content and the technology at Seven underpin our strategy of premium audience generation and engagement. We connect audiences and brands seamlessly, no matter the device, screen or operating system. And we are, of course, #1 in total TV. More Australians watch the screens of Seven than any of our video rivals. We think that’s massive.”
NEW IN 2024
In a brand-new renovation series for the Seven Network, Dream Home will take the genre to new heights as viewers watch six suburban homes transform before their eyes into some of the biggest and the best renovations Australia has ever seen. Hosted by Dr Chris Brown, six pairs of everyday Aussies will battle it out room by room to create astonishing new homes, with a trio of expert judges set to score each new space. The winning couple will not only receive the home of their dreams, but also a life changing prize. Produced by Endemol Shine Australia (a Banijay company), Dream Home will inspire and ignite Australia’s love of home renovation and it’s coming to Seven and 7plus in 2024.
Stranded On Honeymoon Island
The hottest new reality format, Stranded On Honeymoon Island arrives on Seven and 7plus in 2024. The year’s biggest and most radical dating experiment sees couples matched together following an exciting speed dating event, before being dramatically stranded on a deserted island in nothing but their wedding attire. Isolated and pitted against the forces of nature, and without the distractions of modern-day dating, can true love be found? Bold and fresh, with an instantly compelling opening, the new series is irresistible. Stranded On Honeymoon Island is created by Danish production company Snowman Productions and produced by Endemol Shine Australia (a Banijay Company) for the Seven Network. Seven acquired the rights to Stranded On Honeymoon Island from Red Arrow Studio International, who distribute the format internationally.
Made in Bondi
The eye-opening reality series Made in Bondi will follow the lives and loves of Sydney’s young, social elite. Set in one of Sydney’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, opulence knows no bounds and drama is always on the menu, with every episode set to provide a front-row seat to jaw-dropping parties, breathtaking fashion and sizzling romances. From trendy bars to luxurious harbourside mansions, this group of young socialites will navigate the interconnected web of relationships that define their lives. Based on the wildly popular reality series Made in Chelsea, Made in Bondi will be co-produced by Universal International Studios’ labels Matchbox Pictures and Monkey for Seven and Channel 4 in the UK. It will launch on Channel 7 and 7plus in Australia and E4 in the UK. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the new series. The “Made in” format is distributed globally by NBCUniversal Formats, also part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Once In A Lifetime
In a spectacular new animal adventure series, Australia’s most loved vet, Dr Chris Brown, will be pushed to his limits in the pursuit of the ultimate animal encounter. But he will not be travelling to the furthest corners of the globe alone. In the most delicious twist, Chris will be taking the country’s most intriguing and entertaining personalities along… as his veterinary assistant. This is a journey into the unknown packed with heart and humour in equal measure as these unlikely duos take on the challenge of helping the world’s most iconic animals – all while hopefully not putting themselves on the menu.
Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story
A rare insight into how hitmaker and trailblazer Michael Gudinski inspired the soundtrack of a nation and revolutionised the Australian music industry, Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story follows his relentless pursuit of success over five decades as he launches Mushroom Records and the careers of countless artists, promotes legendary international acts, and takes Australian music to the world. Featuring exclusive interviews with some of the world’s most influential artists, extraordinary rare footage, and an electrifying soundtrack, this documentary reveals the man behind the music and the unstoppable force that was Michael Gudinski. Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story is a Mushroom Studios production.
First Dates is back, as more singles take a chance on love. In this fly-on-the-wall dating series, hopeful singles – including some familiar faces – will have a chance of meeting the man or woman of their dreams in a set up blind date. The new series sees an all-new restaurant fitted out with discreet cameras to record the dates from start to finish, capturing all the awkwardness, funny moments and heart-warming connections. At the end of the
evening, it will all come down to the killer question: “Would you like to go on a second date?” First Dates is a Warner Bros. International Television Australia production for the Seven Network.
The Wave is a documentary film examining the atrocities and aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed at least 225,000 people and devastated the lives of many millions more. It revisits key locations in South East Asia where the effects of the tsunami can still be felt and includes powerful individual stories of courage, resilience and – ultimately – redemption. It tells how people fought for their lives and their livelihoods; how their overwhelming grief is still – two decades on – often mixed with survivors’ guilt; and where they are today, 20 years on from the wave that changed everything. The Wave is an Arrow Pictures production for the Seven Network.
Australia’s Most Dangerous Prisoners
In Australia, there are over 40,000 men and women currently behind bars. Many of them have done very bad things. They have shattered countless lives, destroyed families and been responsible for unspeakable criminal acts. What did they do? How did they get here? And what are their lives like now? The gripping new series will outline in detail the horrendous crimes that landed these men and women in Australia’s high security jails through first-hand accounts by ex-inmates, former correctional officers, journalists and forensic psychologists, who try to make sense of their world. Australia’s Most Dangerous Prisoners is a WTFN production for the Seven Network.
Legendary investigative crime journalist Adam Shand and “The Human Lie Detector” Steve van Aperen join forces to crack famous crimes wide open. Using unique skills honed razor sharp across decades of experience, they uncover astonishing new leads and evidence, leaving police no choice but to re-open cases. Each episode examines a different high-profile case. The series is jam-packed with ground-breaking revelations, as Adam and Steve revisit crime scenes for a vivid hands-on recounting of each crime. With exclusive access to original detectives, eyewitnesses, survivors and crime experts, they paint a visceral picture of murders, kidnappings, horrific attacks and underworld assassinations. The Hunters is a WTFN production for the Seven Network.
The Rise And Fall Of Kings Cross
Around the world, most nations have one place, a district or neighbourhood that never sleeps, where life is never dull, art meets crime and money will buy you anything – a place where heaven and hell collide. For Australia, that place is Sydney’s Kings Cross, the internationally notorious bawdy, riotous, gaudy, bloody neighbourhood that for generations has mixed fine art and great entertainment with rampant debauchery. This riveting new documentary features rare and unseen vision*,* re-enactments and exclusive interviews in a cavalcade of stories spanning 150 years. The Rise And Fall Of Kings Cross is produced by Shadow Productions for the Seven Network.
King Con: The Life and Crimes Of Hamish McLaren
Hamish McLaren is one of the most successful con men of all time. Throughout a 30-year career, he scammed unsuspecting girlfriends, high profile businessmen, acquaintances and his best friends out of more than $60 million … and that’s just the people who came forward. Authorities suggest it could be twice that amount, as he wreaked havoc on a global scale targeting people in Canada, Asia, Europe and the UK, as well as at home in Australia. This special event series tracks the rise and fall of Australia’s most successful con man, and how Tom Zadravec, a young NSW Police detective, forensically pieced together Hamish’s scams and then brought him down. King Con: The Life and Crimes Of Hamish McLaren is a Perpetual Entertainment production for the Seven Network.
The Australian Roast Of John Cleese
Some of Australia’s funniest performers pay homage to international comedy legend, John Cleese, in a way that only Aussies know how: ﬁring good-natured insults and jokes at our guest of honour (and each other!). Roastmaster Shane Jacobson is joined by Tom Gleeson, Joel Creasey, Christie Whelan Browne, Steve Vizard, Lehmo, Alex Lee, Lawrence Mooney, Damien Power, Stephen Hall and Rhonda Burchmore in this hilarious television event. The Australian Roast Of John Cleese is an Ocean View Entertainment production for the Seven Network.