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Viacom International Studios UK wins first ITV order

Viacom International Studios (VIS) UK has picked up its first ever third-party commission, a two-part series for ITV titled Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure. Previously known as Elephant House Studios, VIS has until now produced content solely for Viacom’s UK channels, including Channel 5, MTV and Comedy Central. The 2×60-minute documentary follows newsreader and presenter […]

Ensemble cast lines up for ITV family drama ‘Flesh and Blood’

ITV has lined up an ensemble cast including Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis, Russell Tovey and Stephen Rea for new family drama Flesh and Blood. The four part series, which is now shooting, is produced by Silverprint Pictures (Vera, Mr Selfridge, Dark Heart). It is written by Sarah Williams (The Long Song, Case Sensitive, Poppy Shakespeare) […]

ITV orders nuclear sub thriller ‘Tenacity’ from Bad Wolf, eOne

ITV has commissioned Bad Wolf and Entertainment One to produce six part thriller Tenacity, set on a nuclear submarine. Inspired by J.S. Law’s novel, Tenacity, the series is created and written by Peter A. Dowling, whose credits including Flightplan and Reasonable Doubt. Tenacity tells the story of disgraced military detective Danielle ‘Dan’ Lewis investigating the […]

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 […]

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene departs

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene has left the broadcaster to launch her own prodco. The exec will remain until September, overseeing continuing entertainment programming. She will also serve as an executive producer on Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – which she co-created – next year. ITV has appointed Katie Rawcliffe, who is currently creative […]

ITV confirms ‘Masked Singer’ to debut in 2020

ITV has confirmed that it is adapting hit Korean format The Masked Singer, as reported exclusively by TBI earlier this year.  The format will be a stripped, eight-part event that will TX in 2020. Argonon Group-backed producer Bandicoot will produce after having optioned the format a number of years ago, as previously reported. In the US, […]

‘Masked Singer’ scores Australian adaptation

The Masked Singer has snagged an Australian adaptation.  The costumed-based singing format — which originated out of Korean broadcaster MBC as The King of Mask Singer — is heading to Australian commercial broadcaster Network 10 and sister channel WIN Network, where it will be produced locally by Warner Bros. Australia. In the MBC Korea-distributed singing format, celebrities sing […]

BritBox UK talks snag amid different agendas for BBC, ITV

The future of BritBox UK could be in question as the BBC and ITV look to work their way out of a reported deadlock in discussions. The planned UK service, which is to provide British content alongside new BritBox originals commissioned from UK production companies, has hit a roadblock due to stalled talks between the […]

TBI Weekly: Global buyers react to “mind-blowing” Disney might

US studios have reassured global buyers that it is “business as usual” out of Los Angeles despite their international SVOD plans, while Disney has wowed global execs with a bolstered showcase. The distribution arms of studios, including CBS Studios International, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution and Disney Global Content Sales and Distribution, have taken pains […]

‘Love Island’ reveals key changes to contestant duty of care

ITV has outlined new duty of care processes for contestants in its hit reality series Love Island, including therapy sessions, social media and financial training, and a minimum of 14 months of ‘proactive’ contact after the series. The move comes amid heightened concern about the impact of reality shows on participants’ mental health, and follows […]

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