The launch of "Gemini Division" in Australia is expected to be followed by rollouts in countries including the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany across a range of visual mediums: broadcast, cable, mobile phones and online portals.
The international distribution strategy for "Gemini Division" underscores a growing opportunity for Web producers. Licensing a Web show to a foreign county is an additional revenue stream for ad-supported shows—and it's often the one that helps them turn a profit.
"Gemini Division" producer Electric Farm Entertainment also inked international deals for last year's Web show "AfterWorld" via a partnership with Sony Pictures Television International, which handles the foreign rights for Electric Farm's programming.
The pursuit of foreign licensing for digital shows is the latest sign that Web producers need to mimic the best practices of Hollywood to make money. International sales are a staple of the television business and are entering the Web business as well. Web studios including Michael Eisner's Vuguru, sites such as TheWB.com and networks including ABC have struck international deals for Web originals.