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ITV Studios back Piv Bernth drama studio

ITV Studios has bought a minority stake in the new drama production house of former DR drama chiefs Piv Bernth (pictured) and Lars Hermann. The pair announced their exits from DR in October, a move that led to an ongoing restructure at the Danish pubcaster. Their prodco, Apple Tree Productions, will focus on high-end Danish […]

Television’s love affair with the People’s Princess

Yearlong activities have taken place to mark the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and the television industry has followed suit with a raft of documentaries and series to signify the landmark event. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports on the ongoing influence of the late British royal, as her son, Prince Harry, continues to make headlines thanks […]

Amazon & ITV team ‘but SVOD model ending’

A veteran British producer has warned cosy coproduction arrangements between American SVOD services and UK broadcasters will soon end, comments that come as Amazon Prime Video snaps up rights to a new ITV drama. Sister Pictures founder and former Shine UK chairman Jane Featherstone (pictured) used her BAFTA Television Lecture in London on Monday to […]

K7 Media heads to China via Houghton Street

Research consultancy K7 Media has expanded its services into the Chinese market as it looks to provide global TV trends data to Chinese production company Houghton Street Media. Houghton specialises in developing and producing original prime time shows and has previously brought The Gadget Show to China. The Beiijing and Shanghai-based company will now tap […]

ITV Studios buys majority stake in Gomorrah prodco

ITV Studios (ITVS) has acquired a majority stake in Italian indie producer Cattleya, the company behind hit drama Gomorrah (pictured). Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy, while ITVS distribution arm ITV Global Entertainment will distribute TV series from the prodco where rights are available. ITVS parent ITV said that this is the latest […]

Ampere: media giants’ debts are manageable

Debt levels at media giants such as Netflix and Sky are less significant than those of the doomed internet companies of the dot com bubble, according to a new study. The high levels of debt being incurred by the likes of Amazon, Altice and Verizon as well as significant regional players such as Sky, ITV […]

Ex-Sky exec joins ITV’s drama team

ITV has appointed former Sky and current Radio 4 exec Huw Kennair-Jones to its drama commissioning team. Kennair-Jones, most recently editor of Radio 4’s The Archers, will move to ITV to take commissioning responsbility for continuing dramas Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Joining the team in December, he will report to ITV’s head of drama, Polly […]

Amazon bags ITV drama as US original

Amazon Prime Video has acquired exclusive US rights to ITV drama Fearless. All six episodes of the Mammoth Screen-produced show will debut on the SVOD platform on Friday, October 27. Fearless stars Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) as a ballsy human rights lawyer attempting to prove the innocence of a convicted child killer, and the web […]

Twofour & ITV cousin to coproduce in US

Twofour Group’s US programming will have cousin ITV America (ITVA) attached as a coproducer from now on. A deal between ITVA and Twofour America means the former’s in-house arm, ITV Creative, will coproduce programmes and formats from the latter. Twofour’s US arm in turn gets access to ITVA’s infrastructure and resources. As a result, new […]

Men & Motors net relaunches as lifestyle format

UK channel brand Men & Motors has been retooled for the international market as a lifestyle format. Pinewood Studios-based One Media IP has retooled the show for a millennial audience, and plans to launch it at MIPCOM. The show is described as a cross between Top Gear, Robot Wars, The Gadget Show and Take Me […]

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