Gurney Productions


ITV avoids trial with ‘Duck Dynasty’ producers

A lengthy legal battle between ITV and Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions has reached an end. ITV has acquired the remaining stake in the business, assuming full control of Gurney, which was founded by couple and partners Deirdre and Scott Gurney. The dispute between the businesses goes back to 2016, when ITV – which first […]

Gurneys regain control of Duck Dynasty prodco

The battle for control of Duck Dynasty firm Gurney Productions has now seen a court order its founders take back control from ITV America – in a sense. Los Angeles Superior Court has ruled Scott and Deidre Gurney should be reinstated as day-to-day managers of Gurney until their dispute with ITV Studios is resolved. However, […]

ITV Studios hoists ITV to revenue growth

ITV Studios saw its revenue hit nearly £1.4 billion (US$1.7 billion) in 2016, which helped to drive growth at parent broadcaster ITV despite ongoing economic uncertainty in the UK. ITV’s production and distribution arm made £1.24 billion in revenue in 2015, meaning last year’s figure represents growth of £158 million or 13%. The division houses […]

ITV calls $100m Gurney countersuit ‘baseless’

The American arm of ITV has described a US$100 million countersuit slapped on the broadcaster by the founders of subsidiary Gurney Productions as “completely baseless and without merit”. ITV America and Gurney have been each others’ throats since December 016, with the broadcaster alleging in a suit that Scott and Deidre Gurney were guilty of […]

A&E ends Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty is coming to a close after eleven seasons on US cable network A&E. The reality show has been a stalwart for A+E Networks’ flagship channel, breaking the ratings record for unscripted cable programming with 11.8 million tuning in for the season four premiere. However, the numbers have steadily dipped since that point in […]

A&E ends Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty is coming to a close after eleven seasons on US cable network A&E. The reality show has been a stalwart for A+E Networks’ flagship channel, breaking the ratings record for unscripted cable programming with 11.8 million tuning in for the season four premiere. However, the numbers have steadily dipped since that point in […]

Crozier: ITV needed international switch

ITV CEO Adam Crozier has said ITV’s focus on the international business, acquiring companies such as Leftfield Entertainment and Talpa Media, has been key to turning the once-ailing UK broadcaster’s fortunes since he arrived in 2010. Speaking at a MIPCOM keynote, Crozier said the spate of acquisitions deals ITV has made in recent years had […]

Duck Dynasty ratings slide on new season opener

Duck Dynasty’s sixth season premiere on US cable channel A&E pulled in just 4.6 million viewers. In comparison, the unscripted ob doc’s fourth season launch smashed ratings records with 11.8 million. The season six launch is also down nearly four million on the season five launch, which took 8.5 million. The Gurney Productions show, which […]

Buccieri upped at ITV Studios US, Kyriacou adds new role

Paul Buccieri has been promoted to chairman of ITV Studios US Group, ITV’s umbrella division that includes all of its acquired Stateside production companies. In a further change, ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s MD Maria Kyriacou is taking on responsibility for production outside of the US and the UK. Buccieri (left) has been instrumental in UK […]

Robert Rodriguez cable net partners with Mark Burnett

Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling cable network El Rey has ordered a raft of new, original content and is partnering with Mark Burnett on a new sports division. The English-language cable net has ordered Matador (WT), a 13x1hr drama about the rise of playboy soccer star come CIA agent Antonio ‘Matador’ Bravo. It will be produced by […]