Elaine Bedell

ITV drama chief latest to exit

The director of drama at ITV is leaving after 16 years at the UK broadcaster. Steve November becomes the latest programming chief to exit following the news Kevin Lygo was succeeding Peter Fincham as director of television. Entertainment boss Elaine Bedell and factual chief Richard Klein have already left the channel. November counts big hitting […]

Bedell latest to exit ITV

ITV director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell following Peter Fincham out of the door at the UK broadcaster. Bedell has decided to step down from her post after seven years with London-based ITV, during which time she has commissioned and overseen shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, The X-Factor and Ant & Dec’s Saturday […]

ITV Studios ups Clarke to key content post

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has promoted Ruth Clarke to a new role focusing on content strategy and investment, TBI has learned. Clarke (pictured) joined ITVSGE from Shine Group’s international arm in 2012 as director of acquisitions and coproductions, and rose through the ranks to become executive VP. She has now been named EVP, content strategy […]

Puppet politics satire back on ITV

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a political-themed puppet comedy series that harks back to the classic British satire Spitting Image. Newzoids will be a six-part series from Horrible Histories coproducer Citrus Television, which was launched by Spitting Image producer Giles Pilbrow, and Manchester indie Factory. It will include impressions by Spitting Image veteran Jon Culshaw […]

ITV orders Celebrity Squares reboot

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has ordered a revamped version of Celebrity Squares. The gameshow reboot will be produced by DCD Media-owned prodco September Films and GroupM Entertainment, the production arm of the media buying business GroupM. As with the original version of the show, the new Celebrity Squares will be based upon noughts and crosses, […]

News brief: ITV confirms Rising Star deal

UK broadcaster ITV has confirmed its commission of Israeli interactive talent format Rising Star. As TBI reported last month, ITV has become the latest channel to acquire the buzzy format following deals in Germany, France, Italy, Scandinavia, the US, Hungary and Russia. “ITV’s track record in launching globally successful music and talent shows makes it the […]

Celebrity and charity mix for ITV series

UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned one of its own prodcos to create a new light entertainment series in which celebrities and their children win cash for charity. ITV Studios-owned 12 Yard Productions will produce Big Star’s Little Star for the broadcaster’s flagship terrestrial channel. The family friendly show will see surprising and embarrassing details about […]