Mammoth Screen

ITV Studios to crown Victoria in Cannes

Queen Victoria will appear in Cannes on ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s MIPTV slate. Victoria, a new period drama for ITV and PBS, will be offered to buyers and has been selected to premiere at the first MIPDrama Screenings on Sunday, April 3. In the US, PBS has revealed it will air the series in the […]

Acorn grows line-up with And Then There Were None

Acorn has added Agatha Christie adaptation And Then There Were None to its electronic-sell-through line-up. Acorn is a US SVOD and EST service programmed with UK and international programming. It is owned by Agatha Christie company RLJ Entertainment, and has now secured the latest Christie adaptation for US download to own. The period detective drama, […]

Crozier: ‘ITV a buyer, not a target’

ITV CEO Adam Crozier has dismissed suggestions the UK broadcaster is a takeover target and instead described the business as a “consolidator”. Rumours John Malone’s Liberty Global will attempt a takeover of ITV have abounded in recent years after the cable giant began building a stake in the British commercial network. However, Crozier, who has […]

Liberty ups ITV stake, ‘rules out’ takeover

Cable giant Liberty Global has upped its stake in ITV, but has ruled out making an offer to acquire the UK broadcaster. Liberty has acquired 138.7 million ITV shares, taking its overall number to 398.5 million – or 9.9% of the business. Last year it paid £481 million (US$750 million) for a 6.4% stake. Industry […]

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 […]

Lifetime joins BBC Agatha Christie series

Lifetime has become a coproducer on the upcoming BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None. The three-part show will be produced by ITV-owned prodco Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Productions. Set in 1939 England, the murder mystery follows a group of ten strangers lured to a remote island, after which members […]

Ex-Mammoth Screen chief to run Company Pics

Michele Buck, who recently left Mammoth Screen, has been appointed CEO of Wolf Hall coproducer Company Pictures. This comes after she stepped down from her post as joint managing director of drama house Mammoth following ITV’s acquisition of the firm and three months after Company MD John Yorke left his post. Buck will assume her […]

ITV buys Poldark prodco

ITV has acquired Mammoth Screen, the UK drama prodco behind Poldark, for an undisclosed sum and cofounder Michele Buck is exiting the business. UK broadcaster ITV already owned a chunk of Mammoth Screen after paying £1 million (US$1.5 million) for a 25% stake back in 2007. ITV Studios Global Entertainment already distributed Mammoth programming in […]

ITVSGE buys in Monumental Television

The sales arm of ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in UK-based scripted indie Monumental Television. The agreement will hand ITV Studios Global Entertainment exclusive distribution rights to all Monumental programmes. Ruby Film and Television founder Alison Owen and Les Misérables producer Debra Hayward recently launched Monumental, which is now in “advanced developed on several […]

Fox’s Empire headed to UK youth net

Fox’s new season break-out hit Empire has landed on UK TV. A deal between Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and British broadcaster Channel 4 will see the show air on young adult-skewed network E4. The Lee Daniels-produced 12x60mins show follows the CEO of a hip-hop dynasty, who has to decide which of his children should […]