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Leftfield prodco grabs Israeli format

Israeli format Couch Diaries is heading into the US after Leftfield Entertainment production company Riot Creative optioned it. The docu-reality social experiment series, in which foreigners live for ten nights on the sofas of strangers, comes from Artza Productions and is sold internationally by Armoza Formats. In Israel it is in a second season on […]

Crozier: ITV needed international switch

ITV CEO Adam Crozier has said ITV’s focus on the international business, acquiring companies such as Leftfield Entertainment and Talpa Media, has been key to turning the once-ailing UK broadcaster’s fortunes since he arrived in 2010. Speaking at a MIPCOM keynote, Crozier said the spate of acquisitions deals ITV has made in recent years had […]

ITV Studios on song as int’l business grows

ITV channels lost viewing share but reported a strong financial performance in the in the first half of 2015. As the UK-listed broadcaster continued its efforts to diversify its revenue base, content arm ITV Studios continued to perform strongly internationally. The UK broadcaster’s aggressive M&A drive continued in the first half of the year with […]

ITV’s Crozier to keynote MIPCOM

Adam Crozier, the CEO of UK broadcaster ITV, will deliver a keynote speech at MIPCOM in October. On Monday, October 5, Crozier’s Media Mastermind talk will cover points such as creative renewal at the network, its global expansion in markets such as the US and new international scripted coproductions. His thoughts on scripted will tie […]

Jodi Flynn prodco hires development chief

Former Cineflix Media executive Jodi Flynn has hired a VP of development at her Leftfield Entertainment-backed prodco, Outpost Entertainment. The addition of Rebecca Halpern to Outpost’s ranks marks the first major creative hire the production company has made since Flynn and Leftfield launched it in November 2013. Halpern currently has a pilot in the works […]

Leftfield launches OTT-focused prodco

US unscripted group Leftfield Entertainment has launched a production subsidiary that will focus on “smart and authentic” programming for TV channels and OTT platforms. Former Optomen Television exec Stephanie Angelides will lead Riot Creative as president. The prodco will have what’s is described as an “increased focus” on digital programming. Leftfield launched a similar venture, Loud […]

Factual vets launch CuriosityStream OTT rival

Another documentary-focused over-the-top service is hitting the video streaming market. XiveTV promises more than 2,000 hours of factual programming via platforms such as Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and iOS and Android apps. Its launch yesterday preceded the entrance of John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream SVOD platform, which goes live on March 18. Xive – pronounced ‘zive’ – is […]

Ex-Seacrest chief joins Leftfield

Adam Sher, the former CEO of Ryan Seacrest Productions, has joined US unscripted specialist Leftfield Entertainment as its first chief creative officer. Sher, who has also worked at the William Morris Agency, left RSP last year. In the new post reporting to Leftfield CEO Brent Montgomery, the will work across the group’s prodcos, which include […]

Leftfield hires SundanceTV, ex-Discovery execs

US unscripted prodco Leftfield Pictures has hired development executives from Discovery Communications and SundanceTV, while also promoting a production chief to COO. The firm, part of ITV Studios-owned Leftfield Entertainment, has hired Joe Weinstock as head of West Coast development and SundanceTV’s Brenna Eckerson as senior director of development, and promoted executive VP, production Heath […]

ITV’s Leftfield inks Crybaby deal

Leftfield Entertainment, the US prodco owned by UK broadcaster ITV, has struck a programming deal with Crybaby Media. Crybaby is the casting and development firm founded by former VH1 development exec Danny Passman in 2010. Under the terms of the overall deal, it will work up unscripted projects across reality, lifestyle, docusoap and competition genres […]