Angela Jain

ITV Studios shakes up entertainment team

ITV Studios has upped Tom McLennan to director of entertainment, North, handing him a new role covering the responsibilities of Sumi Connock, who is leaving the company. The content arm of UK broadcaster ITV has also hired Gail Harman from indie prodco Tuesday’s Child, and Martin Lau, who joins from Tellycopter, the NBCUniversal development unit […]

Shake-up as Lygo unveils ITV’s new team

ITV has unveiled a raft of new senior programming executives in a widespread shake-up that sees new director of television Kevin Lygo (pictured) stamp his mark on the commercial broadcaster. The UK broadcaster has recruited BBC drama chief Polly Hill to run its scripted output, as part of a wider shake-up of the programming team […]

ITV orders Initial’s Almost Impossible Game Show

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered The Almost Impossible Game Show, a new physical gameshow from Endemol Shine prodco Initial. Billed as a comedy gameshow, the series will have ten contestants taking on hilarious challenges. The participants have 50 chances to complete five challenges. The 6x60mins show will go out later this year on ITV2. […]

BBC loses Family Guy to rival ITV

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has swiped free TV rights to Fox animated comedy Family Guy from pubcaster the BBC. Under a multi-year pact with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, Seth MacFarlane-created series Family Guy (pictured), American Dad, The Cleveland Show and new series Bordertown will go out on comedy and young adult-skewed ITV2. The deal […]

ITV Encore buys Swedish drama

ITV Encore has acquired Swedish drama Jordskott for UK screens. The 10-part drama from Palladium Fiction will run on the ITV-owned channel after debuting strongly on Swedish pubcaster SVT in February. The deal is with another part of ITV, international distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment. ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions Angela Jain brokered […]

ITV2 acquires CBS drama Scorpion

UK digital channel ITV2 has bought exclusive broadcast and SVOD rights to Scorpion, CBS Studios International’s high-octane new season drama. The show, about a group of misfit masterminds that fight against hi-tech threats, was a hit with buyers earlier this year at the LA Screenings. It has since picked up steam, and in last week […]

ITV recruits celebrities for full Release the Hounds series

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a full series of horror gameshow Release the Hounds. The full 6x60mins series will go out on ITV2 channel later this year and will have celebrities as well as regular contestants. The star names have yet to be confirmed. It will be made by Sony-backed UK prodco Gogglebox. ITV2 […]

ITV2 to Release the Hounds

UK channel ITV2 has commissioned a new horror gameshow from Sony Pictures Television’s joint venture Gogglebox Entertainment in which contestants are chased by guard dogs in order to win cash. Release the Hounds will see three unsuspecting contestants put through a series of frightening challenges in a deserted forest before attempting to escape with cash […]

ITV conjures up new magic show, ITVS GE to distribute

UK broadcaster ITV2 has commissioned Tricked, a new hidden camera show in which magicians fool celebrities and members of the public. The 6x60mins series will see a mystery magician pulling off tricks and stunts such as surviving a 10-storey fall and restoring a shopper’s chopped up credit card. ITV’s content arm ITV Studios will produce […]