There was lots of star power at Foxtel’s 2013 programming launch held at Fox Studios in Sydney last night. Foxtel ambassador Chris Hemsworth, in a Zegna suit, flew in with his wife, Elsa Pataky, and baby daughter, India Rose, for the event, and charmed a group of media, TV personalities and executives as host for the night’s festivities. When the official proceedings had wrapped up and the floor opened to drinks and canapés (cooked up by new Foxtel star Matt Moran’s ARIA team), Chris stuck around to mingle with guests including Sam Worthington, and with his approachable nature many people had a quick chat with him and asked for photos, which he happily posed for.
A slew of Foxtel talent took to the stage to present some of the pay TV provider’s big plans for 2013, including CEO Richard Freudenstein, Deborah Hutton, and the cast of Wentworth, Foxtel’s 10-part modern day version of the iconic ’70s-’80s show Prisoner. Jennifer Hawkins, who looked stunning in Thierry Mugler, was the last to present her show, the eighth season of Australia’s Next Top Model, which started production this week. She was also joined on stage by 25 of the show’s finalists, who closed out the official part of the night by strutting off, runway-style.
More announcements from the night include production of a new drama series, Devil’s Playground, the season six premiere of Mad Men on April 8 on Showcase (the Australian home of HBO shows such as Girls, Game of Thrones and True Blood), exciting new lifestyle programs, and a great range of films on Foxtel’s movie channels.