ITN Productions


Channel 5 series charts Michael Palin visit to North Korea

Channel 5 UK has greenlit a landmark travel series from ITN Productions, which follows comedian-turned-traveller Michael Palin on a recent trip to North Korea. Entitled Michael Palin in North Korea (w/t), ITNP says the production secured “unprecedented access” to the country, which is notoriously difficult for foreigners to enter. North Korea has been front page […]

Show of the week: The Queen’s Green Planet

The Queen’s Green Planet tackles one of the world’s great ecological conundrums: protecting the forests of Earth. Specifically, it follows Queen Elizabeth II’s initiative to create a new global network of protected forests, which is known as The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. “Content that has a theme that resonates globally will obviously be more in demand […]

ITN bags Undateables exec for development role

ITN Productions (ITNP) has appointed The Undateables exec producer Jess Orr (pictured) as an executive producer, working across development and programming. With over 20 years of experience, Orr joins from UK indie Betty, where she produced shows such as Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and The Food Hospital. Will Smith, head of factual at ITN Productions said: “Jess […]

ITV’s Harry & Meghan ties knot with nets

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement has been good news for UK-based distributor Orange Smarty. ITV documentary Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply, which Orange Smarty sells internationally, is headed to a number of networks as royal fever ramps up upon news. CBC in Canada, Seven Network in Australia, W9 in France, TVNZ in […]

Heavyweight backing for new VR firm

Viral Spiral founder Damian Collier has received backing from a host of prominent media executives for his new venture, VR firm Blend Media. LADBible Group co-founder and CEO Alex Solomou; Maker Studios co-founder and former president Ben Donovan; and ITN Productions managing director Mark Browning are among the investors in the 360° video and VR content […]

Nat Geo veteran moves to ITN US

ITN Productions has recruited Michael Welsh as its vice president of production and development for North America. Welsh is a veteran Net Geo producer with credits including Alaska State Troopers, Russia & The West and and Inside Nature’s Giants: The Whale. At ITN he will be based in Washington and add to the US team. […]

Zinc CEO Wood stepping down

Mark Wood is leaving his post as CEO of Zinc Media, which is the new trading name of UK production group Ten Alps. Wood (pictured) leaves his post with immediate effect, according to a company statement released to investors. The former chief executive of ITN Productions will also leave his director post, but will continue […]

Sky 1 to infiltrate Freemasons

A Sky 1 documentary series will reveal secrets of the guarded Freemasons organisation. Inside the Freemasons has been commissioned to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the mysterious fraternity, which is thought to exert influence over various commercial and societal elements of public life. A four part-series, from UK indie Emporium Productions, will broadcast on […]

October hires from Channel 5, staffs up

UK prodco October Films has made a two hires and appointed a new head of factual. It has brought in David Arrowsmith from Channel 5 and Josh Wilkins from Discovery, and upped Jos Cushing from within its ranks. Arrowsmith (left) will head up development in the UK, having launched the in-house development and production unit […]

ITN rejigs in shift from news to production

UK news producer ITN Productions is restructuring to focus on production, with Mark Browning leading a new division that will target new US business. ITN, which supplies news to three UK commercial broadcasters, will divide its business along two lines, Broadcast News and indie arm ITN Productions. The restructure sees managing director Mark Browning leading […]