Julian Bellamy


Cold Feet producer sets up shop in Manchester

Cold Feet producer Big Talk Productions is heading north with a new production base out of Manchester. The northern outpost, titled Big Talk North, will focus on developing and producing comedy and drama. Big Talk’s northern ambitions come a week after Channel 4 unveiled the city as the base for its national headquarters. The producer […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s New TV platform raises $1bn from major studios

New TV, an entertainment platform built for easy, on-the-go, mobile viewing, and backed by major media companies from Disney to ITV, has raised $1bn in its initial funding round. Led by Hollywood studio exec Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman via WndrCo, the holding company Katzenberg founded, the platform attempts to allow leading studios and creative […]

Brent Montgomery leaving ITV America to launch venture

Brent Montgomery is exiting his CEO spot at ITV America to create a new entertainment company. David George will succeed him at ITV’s unscripted US arm, having previously been president. Montgomery has led ITV America as chief executive since 2015, having sold the production group he created, Leftfield Entertainment, to ITV for an initial US$360 […]

Twenty Twenty CEO to join ITV Studios’ Shiver

Tim Carter, Twenty Twenty’s current CEO, is set to join ITV Studios’ factual label Shiver as managing director. He will lead the label with offices in London, Manchester and Leeds, and oversee approximately 300 hours of production a year. Carter will work on shows such as Come Dine With Me, Peston on Sunday and The […]

ITV buys Line of Duty prodco

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired Line of Duty producer World Productions. World CEO Roger Charteris is stepping down as a result, with creative director Simon Heath the new chief exec and managing director Roderick Seligman continuing to oversee day-to-day management. ITV will take rights to all new World-produced series going forwards. Significantly, Content Television will […]

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 […]

Shake-up as Lygo unveils ITV’s new team

ITV has unveiled a raft of new senior programming executives in a widespread shake-up that sees new director of television Kevin Lygo (pictured) stamp his mark on the commercial broadcaster. The UK broadcaster has recruited BBC drama chief Polly Hill to run its scripted output, as part of a wider shake-up of the programming team […]

Maria Kyriacou upped at ITV Studios

Maria Kyriacou has been handed a wider role in at ITV Studios after being named president, international, of the content arm of UK-listed broadcaster ITV. The role is a new one at ITV Studios, and puts Kyriacou in charge of its network of prodcos outside the US, as well as the US scripted division. She […]

Bedell latest to exit ITV

ITV director of entertainment and comedy Elaine Bedell following Peter Fincham out of the door at the UK broadcaster. Bedell has decided to step down from her post after seven years with London-based ITV, during which time she has commissioned and overseen shows such as Britain’s Got Talent, The X-Factor and Ant & Dec’s Saturday […]

Lygo to replace Fincham at ITV

Kevin Lygo is to become UK broadcaster ITV’s director of televison after current incumbent Peter Fincham decided to step down. Lygo (left) takes on the post after five years at ITV’s production division, ITV Studios, with Fincham (below, right) potentially returning to the indie sector. ITV Studios UK managing director Julian Bellamy (below, left) will […]