Damien Timmer

ITV orders Desire drama

ITV has greenit Desire, a new drama series from UK prodco Mammoth Screen. The series will follow a woman recovering from a messy divorce who then falls for the wrong man. It is being written by Jeremy Brock, the co-creator of long-running UK medical drama Casualty. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will sell the series internationally. […]

ITV orders daytime quiz, Fearless drama

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered a 20x60mins daytime quiz show from Endemol Shine Group prodco Initial, and a 6x60mins political drama from a Homeland producer. The quiz format is based around a perceived British obsession with top ten lists. Teams of five players aim to move up a money ladders by finding top ten answers […]

Ex-Mammoth Screen chief to run Company Pics

Michele Buck, who recently left Mammoth Screen, has been appointed CEO of Wolf Hall coproducer Company Pictures. This comes after she stepped down from her post as joint managing director of drama house Mammoth following ITV’s acquisition of the firm and three months after Company MD John Yorke left his post. Buck will assume her […]

ITV buys Poldark prodco

ITV has acquired Mammoth Screen, the UK drama prodco behind Poldark, for an undisclosed sum and cofounder Michele Buck is exiting the business. UK broadcaster ITV already owned a chunk of Mammoth Screen after paying £1 million (US$1.5 million) for a 25% stake back in 2007. ITV Studios Global Entertainment already distributed Mammoth programming in […]

E4 tries out ALT drama

UK youth-skewed channel E4 has commissioned a psychological drama-comedy in which “the worst case scenario is actually only just the beginning”. ALT comes from writer Jamie Mathieson (Being Human) and a pilot will TX in the spring. Ben Caron is directing. The drama follows a young everyman character (Gethin Anthony, Game of Thrones), who is […]