Mike Beale


ITV and CJ E&M agree UK-Korea format pact

The content arm of UK broadcaster ITV and Korean programmer and channel operator CJ E&M will jointly work up an entertainment show for the global market. ITV Studios and CJ E&M will co-develop the as-yet-unnamed format, with each producing local versions in their home countries. ITV’s sales arm, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, will handle international […]

UK Screenings: ITV’s Formats Festival

ITV Studios began showcasing its latest wares to international buyers in London in 2011. With Twofour Group and Talpa Media now part of the ITV stable, the 2017 edition will be the largest yet, says formats chief Mike Beale ITV Studios’ formats showcase first ran in 2011, the same year the global production and sales […]

ITV shops Meet the Parents format

Finnish broadcaster MTV has ordered a local version of ITV Studios’ Meet the Parents format. The show originally went out on ITV in the UK and the broadcaster’s content arm, ITV Studios, launched it at MIPCOM. MTV has now greenlit a local version for its Sub channel. ITV Studios Finland will produce the 10-episode series, […]

China format deal for ITV

ITV has sealed a deal with Huace to remake one of its shows in China, and it will then sell the show outside of Asia. Huace Film & TV will make the show for the Chinese market. It will proceed to sell the finished series within Asia. Which show from the ITV catalogue gets remade […]

RTL to Meet the Parents with ITVS Germany

ITV Studios Germany is producing a six-episode version of British format Meet the Parents for local broadcaster RTL. In the dating format, which was originally from ITV Studios and for ITV in the UK, a single girl questions the parents of five men about subjects such as their school reports, teenage antics and love lives. […]

ITV Studios poaches Shine exec for digital

The content and distribution arm of UK broadcaster ITV has hired David Christopher as director of international commercial and digital. He joins from Endemol Shine, and takes on a newly-created role at ITV Studios. He will sit within the formats team and report to Mike Beale, executive VP of global development and formats. Christopher will […]

Euro channels add I’m a Celebrity

Denmark and Romania are the latest territories getting a local version of ITV Studios format I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!. TV3 in Denmark has commissioned local ITVS prodco United to create a local version of the reality competition format in which celebrities live in a jungle camp. It will be known as […]

ITV Studios picks up app-to-format Quiz Clash

ITV Studios has taken rights to the TV format based on the Quiz Clash mobile app. Quiz Clash was created by FEO Media and claims to be the most popular mobile trivia game in the world with 37 million users across 14 territories. ITV Studios Germany has adapted it for TV with Quizduell launching on […]

Hell’s Kitchen opens in Germany, Italy

Hell’s Kitchen, the cooking format chef Gordon Ramsay made famous in the US, is being remade by broadcasters in Germany and Italy, TBI has learned. German commercial channel Sat.1 and Italian pay TV channel Sky Uno HD have commissioned local versions of the ITV Studios Global Entertainment-distributed format. The show follows a high-profile perfectionist chefs […]

NATPE Miami announces raft of speakers

Numerous speakers have been announced for the NATPE Miami market, which takes place in late January. Heading up the ‘Global Navigators’ conference strand are Televisa Internacional CEO Emilio Azcarraga Jean and Univision’s content chief Alberto Ciurana. ITV Studios’ formats boss Mike Beale and his counterpart at Warner Bros., Andrew Zein, will also speak in that […]