Australian publicist Peter Ritchie has joined 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, based in Los Angeles.

Ritchie started work on Monday as Associate Director of International Marketing, Publicity and Promotions.

Among the projects he’s working on are 24: Live Another Day, a reboot of the series 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland, which compresses events into 12 hours; and Crisis, a drama series about an FBI agent who collaborates with his sister, a wealthy CEO, to try to save the occupants of a hijacked school bus including the US President’s son, in Washington D.C, starring Rachael Taylor, Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson, directed by Phillip Noyce.

Both will launch on Network Ten in 2014. Among other shows in Ritchie’s portfolio are Those Who Kill, based on a Danish crime series inspired by books by Elsebeth Egholm, which stars Chloë Sevigny as a detective who hunts down serial killers and James D’Arcy as a forensic psychiatrist; and Salem, a series set in 17th century Massachusetts which focuses on an epic romance during the town's infamous witch trials.

Ritchie has been running his own film and TV PR firm. His clients included Jungleboys, Essential Media & Entertainment and the ABC.

He had been working on promoting Disney’s upcoming movie Saving Mr Banks, which stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author PL Travers, produced by Essential’s Ian Collie with Alison Owen of the UK’s Ruby Film and US producer Phil Steurer; and a US remake of Jungleboys’ A Moody Christmas.

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