Maria Kyriacou


Love Island US details emerge as ITV’s War of the Worlds sells globally

US broadcaster CBS is expected to stay loyal to ITV Studios’ hit format Love Island, which is intended to lead a brand refresh for the network when it launches in summer 2019.  The format was highlighted by ITV Studios in Cannes on Monday (15 October) as it held court in its container-built stand outside the Grand […]

Netflix picks up BBC1 thriller Bodyguard

Netflix has picked up World Productions’ BBC1 drama Bodyguard. The streaming giant, which boarded the Richard Madden-fronted thriller at script stage, will release the drama around the world, except for the UK, Ireland and China, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The drama, which is created and written by Jed Mercurio, follows a […]

ITV Studios back Piv Bernth drama studio

ITV Studios has bought a minority stake in the new drama production house of former DR drama chiefs Piv Bernth (pictured) and Lars Hermann. The pair announced their exits from DR in October, a move that led to an ongoing restructure at the Danish pubcaster. Their prodco, Apple Tree Productions, will focus on high-end Danish […]

ITV Studios buys majority stake in Gomorrah prodco

ITV Studios (ITVS) has acquired a majority stake in Italian indie producer Cattleya, the company behind hit drama Gomorrah (pictured). Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy, while ITVS distribution arm ITV Global Entertainment will distribute TV series from the prodco where rights are available. ITVS parent ITV said that this is the latest […]

ITV Studios acquires Swedish prodco Elk Prods

ITV Studios has acquired the Swedish production company Elk Production, a subsidiary of Elk Entertainment Group. Elk Production has 15 shows in production and on air across Sweden’s free to air and pay TV channels including Drömpyramiden (Stacked), Ett jobb för Berg (A Job For Berg) and Superskaparna (Supercrafters). ITV Studios’ majority stake in Elk […]

ITV buys French drama group

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired control of Tetra Media Studio, the French prodco behind drama series Profilage and Un Village Français (pictured). Tetra becomes the latest French production entity to a major European broadcaster, coming just over a year after Profilages network TF1 controversially acquired Newen Group. Buying a majority stake in Tetra gives ITV […]

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 […]

ITV hires French boss

ITV has recruited two execs from French prodco Adventure Line Productions to run ITV Studios France. Franck Firmin-Guion will run the division, having been CEO of ALP, and will be joined by Sébastien Petiot who was previously COO at the producer. Firmin-Guion replaces Francois Florentiny at ITV’s French business. He had been running ITV Studios […]

ITV and Hulu team for brothel drama

UK broadcaster ITV and US streaming service Hulu are joining forces to make Harlots, a period drama following Samantha Morton (The Last Panthers, pictured) as a brothel owner. The series will follow Morton’s character, Margaret Wells, as she struggles to reconcile her roles as mother and brothel owner. The project was written and created by […]

ITV poaches Turner’s Eilenberg for key US role

Turner Broadcasting System veteran David Eilenberg has been tapped to run ITV Entertainment, the newly named reality production division of ITV America. As president, Eilenberg (pictured) will run the unit, which was known as ITV Studios America until Brent Montgomery was named CEO of a consolidated ITV America in December. In part, Eilenberg replaces Orly […]

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