11-01-2012

QUAILTELEVISION HIRES JAY KANDOLA AS EUROPEAN MANAGER

London, 11 January 2012 –Leading Australian production house QuailTelevision is following its recent expansion into the USA by hiring big hitter Jay Kandola tospearhead its growth into the UKand Europe. Appointed on a consultancy basisto the newly created position of European Manager, Jay is responsible fortaking Quail’s catalogue of successful properties to market across thecontinent.



Having previously led theacquisitions function at director level for ITV, Channel 5 and Channel 4 in theUK,Jay brings significant experience to the role, equipping her well to maximisethe penetration of Quail’s Australia-originated finished programming andformats into European schedules. Jay has already pre-sold a coveted Quail TV telemovie and docudrama hybridproject to a UK broadcasterand is taking a pivotal role in the re-versioning of Quail’s smash hit,controversial political “spoof” sitcom, At Home With Julia forUKand European audiences.



Greg Quail, Executive Producer andFounder at Quail Television said, “Jay’s appointment is a firmsignal of our intention to make a ‘step change’ in our plans forgrowth in the UK and Europe. We’re ready to take our business to thenext level and Jay’s wealth of expert knowledge, business acumen andeditorial experience make her the ideal person to lead this charge. Indeed,even at this early stage, this new relationship is already bearingfruit.”

Jay Kandola added"I'm very excited to be adding Quail to my consultancy portfolio atthis critical stage in their development. Their formats have vast potential forsuccess in Europe. I look forward toexploiting each one to its fullest and delivering results for thisforward-thinking business. Through my consultancy for paybroadcaster Foxtel, Iam very familiar with Australian producers and believe Quail Television is oneof the most exciting independents operating out of Australia right now.”

Quail Television has had a run ofsuccess stories since its launch in 2005, most recently it has re-versioned HatTrick Productions hit UK daytime format Dinner Date for aprime time slot on Australia’sNetwork Seven, with the show winning its timeslot for the run of series. Quail’s premier scripted offering At Home With Julia is Australia’snumber one comedy for 2011. It also counts among its achievements the creationof the highest rating factual series in Australian television history, Find My Family (adapted from an original Dutch format)which has been running for 44 episodes on the Seven Network and re-versionedfor ABC in the US and ITV in the UK.



For furtherinformation, please contact:



Laura Saldanha
The Lippin Company Ltd on behalf of Quail TV
T: +44 203 008 5407
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About Quail Television



QuailTelevision is one of Australia’s most respectedfactual, reality and, more recently, scripted program-makers. The companyhas created internationally acclaimed hit series in these genres for everymajor Australian network, as well as for cable broadcasters around the world.The company is led by Founder and Executive Producer Greg Quail. Working closely with Greg is hisCreative Director – Scripted, writer/producer Rick Kalowski.


Among its many successes are “FindMy Family”, the biggest factual hit in Australiantelevision history, produced for the Seven Network; the hit medical series“Saving Babies”for the Ten Network, observational documentary “Send in the Dogs” for ChannelNine and the acclaimed “Rudely Interrupted”feature documentary for the ABC.



The company’soutrageous new political satire “AtHome With Julia” (ABC1) – about the life of thesitting Prime Minister Julia Gillard - is Australia’s highest-ratingcomedy of 2011.