ITV America


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, […]

George upped at ITV America as Leftfield Ents brand retires

Leftfield Entertainment CEO David George has been named president of ITV America. He takes the role at ITV America, the US unscripted arm of UK-listed broadcaster ITV, having been running Leftfield, the Pawn Stars prodco that ITV acquired in 2014 for an initial US$360 million. The Leftfield Entertainment moniker is now being dropped. As president […]

ITV America strikes LaLaLand deal

The US arm of UK broadcaster ITV has inked an exclusive production deal with actress, author and producer La La Anthony. The agreement will see ITV and Anthony develop new shows and the Anthony’s new company, LaLaLand, make the shows in question. The partners and ITV’s Leftfield are already working together on a reality series […]

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 […]

US writers guild secures Lion TV agreement

The Writers Guild of America East has secured a new three-year contract with the US arm of All3Media-owned unscripted prodco Lion TV. The contract includes significant increases in minimum pay rates, a short wait for freelancers to be eligible for health benefits and provision to clarify the start of paid time on field production days. […]

Duck Dynasty prodco founders sacked and sued

The founders of Duck Dynasty have been sacked and are being sued by its board on the grounds of “self-dealing, fraudulent concealment and breach of contract”. A spokesman for Gurney Productions, which is part of ITV Studios-owned ITV America, said in a statement that the firm had been “left with no alternative but to terminate” […]

ITV absorbs US reality prodco Kingdom Reign

ITV’s US unscripted division has inked a deal with The Real Housewives of Atlanta exec producer Carlos King whose prodco Kingdom Reign will become a label under the ITV America umbrella. King will make docusoaps, lifestyle and reality programming as president of ITV-backed Kingdom Reign. He will report to ITV America chief creative officer Adam Sher […]

Leftfield pins down WWE star Cena

US producer Leftfield Entertainment has scored a development deal with WWE wrestling superstar John Cena. The pair will co-create and produce unscripted series for television networks and digital platforms, with Cena’s involvement coming through his Hard Nocks South banner. This comes after they worked together on Fox’s American Grit, which Cena (pictured) starred in and […]

Loud builds dev team with Freyer hire

New York-based Loud TV has hired veteran producer Glen Freyer as senior VP, development. He joins from Bobby Flay’s Rock Shrimp Productions, where he was executive VP, development. At Loud, which is part of ITV America-owned Leftfield Entertainment, Freyer will oversee all development. The prodco is currently working on series and specals for more than […]

Ben Silverman’s Propagate staffs up

Propagate, the US prodco run by Ben Silverman and backed by A+E, has made a trio of appointments bringing in execs from ITV Studios, Pilgrim Studios and Fox Sports. Former NBC Entertainment and Electus boss Silverman joined his former Reveille partner Howard Owens at Propagate last month, at which point A+E invested in the prodco. In […]