ITV Studios Entertainment

ITV Studios Entertainment rebrands & hires Syco’s creative director

Love Island’s UK producer ITV Studios Entertainment has been rebranded as Lifted Entertainment and appointed a senior exec from The X Factor outfit Syco Entertainment to work across its creative output. Lee McNicholas joins Lifted Entertainment as creative director for the company’s North division, with a remit to lead production and development from the company’s offices at MediaCityUK, […]

UK’s ITV cancels winter version of reality juggernaut ‘Love Island’

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has cancelled the winter version of its hit format Love Island, just over a month after axing its summer’s series. The reality ratings juggernaut launched a winter version in South Africa last year but was forced to cancel its next iteration this summer after producers were unable to come up with […]

ITV cancels summer ‘Love Island’ as Covid-19 hits reality juggernaut

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has cancelled its ratings juggernaut Love Island after being unable to find a way to produce the show without contravening Covid-19 restrictions. ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo, who admitted last week that the return of the hit UK reality show was unlikely to go ahead because of problems maintaining social […]

ITV’s Kevin Lygo cools on ‘Love Island’ return & reveals lockdown fears

ITV director of television Kevin Lygo has admitted that the return of hit UK reality show Love Island looks unlikely because of Covid-19 restrictions and revealed his fears that lockdown could push viewers to services such as Netflix. Love Island, produced by ITV Studios Entertainment and Motion Content Group, has been a ratings smash for […]

ITV defends itself in wake of Caroline Flack death, as ‘Love Island’ returns

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has defended itself against growing criticism that it did not do enough to support former Love Island host Caroline Flack, who died over the weekend. Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said the broadcaster had been in touch with Flack since the decision was made for her to step down […]

ITV Studios Entertainment develops interactive dating show with Quibi

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s premium short-form platform Quibi is developing a dating format from ITV Studios Entertainment (ITVSE). The Hot Drop, from ITVSE and ITV America’s Sirens Media, will use Quibi’s tech to profile a singleton from the US, with viewers then required to upload videos in a bid to secure a date with the individual. Three […]

Lime Pictures lands ITV Studios exec for production

All3Media-owned prodco Lime Pictures has appointed former ITV Studios Entertainment (ITVSE) exec Helen Kruger Bratt to oversee its UK-based unscripted productions. Bratt will join the Geordie Shore producer in the fall as head of production for unscripted, working across the MTV reality show as well as The Only Way Is Essex and Celebs Go Dating. […]

ITV Studios Entertainment promotes for creative director

Love Island producer ITV Studios Entertainment (ITVSE) has appointed Fiona Clark as its creative director to replace Katie Rawcliffe. Clark will start her new role in September and will be responsible for shows that include Dancing on Ice, The Voice, and The Voice Kids. She takes the role of Rawcliffe, who became entertainment chief in […]