Beyond International

Beyond International Limited is an international television and film production company with operations in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: BYI), the company is involved in the creation and international distribution of television, feature films and ancillary products. The company has an extensive television program catalogue of over 5,000 hours and covers all genres including drama, feature films, comedy, children’s, reality, and documentary programs.[2]

Beyond International
Traded asASX: BYI
IndustryTelevision and film production and distribution
Founded1984 in Australia
Key people
  • Ian Ingram (Chairman)
  • Mikael Borglund (CEO and MD)
RevenueA$101 million (2016)
A$5.6 million (2016)
Total assetsA$45 million (2016)
Total equityA$35 million (2016)
OwnerFremantleMedia (19.99%)
  • 7Beyond (50%)
  • Beyond Action
  • BeyondD Digital Marketing
  • Beyond Distribution
  • Beyond Entertainment
  • Beyond Home Entertainment
  • Beyond Productions
Footnotes / references

The company was formed in 1984 to produce the science and technology magazine program Beyond 2000, a commercial reworking of the program Towards 2000 which aired on the Australian public broadcaster ABC. Beyond 2000 was later rebooted in 2005 as Beyond Tomorrow.

Other notable programming produced and/or distributed by Beyond include Mythbusters, Deadly Women, Dance Moms, Beat Bugs, Highway Thru Hell and 800 Words.


The company was founded by producers Carmel Travers, Iain Finlay and Chris Ardill-Guinness, as well as consultant Phil Gerlach and accountant Mikael Borglund, briefly titled CIC Productions, initially with the intention of making only one program, Beyond 2000 after which the company took its name.[3] The company took responsibility for distributing the series, finding success in selling the program overseas, including to Discovery Channel in America and an American adaptation for FOX.[3]

Early programs produced by Beyond include Just For the Record and Jack Thompson Down Under for Network Ten and Chances for the Nine Network.[3] Beyond's relationship with Discovery Channel saw the company commissioned to produce a number of the channel's early programs, including a nine-season run of Invention and eventually the company's most successful program Mythbusters.[3]

In 2009, Beyond acquired distribution company Magna Pacific from receivership.[4]

In 2013, Beyond formed a joint venture with Seven West Media called 7Beyond to produce programs in North America.[5] 7Beyond shows include My Lottery Dream Home and My Kitchen Rules.


The company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in 1987.[6] In 2008, FremantleMedia purchased just under 20% of shares in the company, making it the largest shareholder.[7]

Television series


  1. "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Beyond International Limited. 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. "Beyond International Limited". Ausfilm. 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. Manning, James (27 October 2015). "Beyond International Celebrates 30 years". Mediaweek. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. Stafford, Patrick (25 February 2009). "Beyond International snaps up a bargain from Destra rubble". Smart Company. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. Knox, David (21 October 2013). "Seven partners with Beyond for North American push". TV Tonight. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  6. "BYI Share Price and Information". ASX. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  7. "FremantleMedia buys Beyond stake". Variety. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  8. "Introducing Summer and Fall Programming for Facebook Watch Originals". The Futon Critic. 12 June 2019.
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