ITV Studios America


ITV Studios hires USA & ABC execs for scripted

ITV Studios America (ITVSA) has hired USA Networks’ Jed Valdecantos and ABC Studios’ Jim Dietle. Valdecantos has been named VP of scripted TV development, while Dietle become VP of business and legal affairs. ITVSA, the LA-based scripted arm of UK broadcaster ITV’s production wing, ITV Studios, has been building out its team. It recently hired […]

Endemol Shine’s Buchholz heads ITV Studios JV

Endemol Shine Studios’ Russ Buchholz is to lead the new joint venture between ITV Studios America and Circle of Confusion. He has been named executive VP and head of creative affairs at Circle of Confusion Television Studios. Effective immediately, this puts Buchholz in charge of day-to-day operations at the LA-based prodco, which aims to create […]

Red Bull exec creates unscripted prodco

Red Bull Media House exec Brian Lavin has created an unscripted production company, bagging a coproduction deal with Rob Shaftel’s Hit+Run in the process. Bee Media will focus on unscripted programming, and launches with a slate of science- and culture-focused formats. Lavin (right) is known for series such as Red Bull’s The Horn and The […]

ITVS creates studio with Walking Dead prodco

ITV Studios America has created a joint venture with Circle of Confusion, the Walking Dead coproducer. The pair will launch Circle of Confusion Television Studios, which will source, develop and produce premium scripted shows with support from ITVS America. The studio is currently hiring a creative team to manage the day-to-day TV studios operations. Circle […]

Purge producer sets up ITV-backed TV prodco

Jason Blum has set up a new TV studio, Blumhouse Television, with the backing of ITV Studios, the content division of the UK broadcaster. ITV will hold 45% in the new business and is expected to sell some of its output, although does not have a first-look deal for distribution. The TV studio is led […]

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 […]

The script for ITV Studios America

ITV Studios America wants to be the top indie drama studio in the US. In his first interview since taking charge, Philippe Maigret, the exec charged with making that happen, talks to Stewart Clarke ITV Studios America had three series on the air in 2015 and has 40 projects currently in development, but a year […]

ITV Studios America revs up Little Engine deal

The US arm of ITV Studios has inked a first look deal with Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo’s Little Engine Productions. ITV Studios America will partner on the prodco’s shows for US nets, with ITV Studios Global Entertainment selling these projects internationally and bringing Little Engine into copros with European partners. Little Engine’s credits include […]

ITV poaches Jerry Bruckheimer exec

The US arm of ITV Studios has hired Michael Azzolino from Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Azzolino will be executive VP, creative affairs, at ITV Studios America and start in his new role next month. He will oversee development at the ITV unit, reporting to Philippe Maigret, president, ITV Studios America, who said: “Michael will bring with […]

Animal Planet taps ex-ITV Studios exec for GM

US cable channel Animal Planet has hired ITV Studios America’s east coast COO as its new general manager. Patrice Andrews succeeds Rick Holzman, who left the Discovery Communications-owned network in November 2015 having held the GM post since 2014. Andrews joins Animal Planet in June, reporting to Rich Ross, group president of Discovery Channel, Animal […]