The Garden


For My Next Trick: The Garden’s Ninder Billing

Each day this week, in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on Friday (8 March), TBI presents its ‘For My Next Trick’ series, which finds a group of industry-leading women across production, commissioning and distribution reflecting on the advice that has shaped their career; innovation in their respective fields; diversity in TV; and the legacy […]

Operation Live, The Desert highlight ITV Studios’ spring formats slate

ITV Studios has rolled out a slate of new formats including The Garden’s Operation Live, Talpa survival show The Desert and Twofour’s undercover series Secret Teacher. The producer-distributor kicked off UK Screenings week today (15 February) with its annual Formats Festival, which welcomed more than 200 international buyers. ITV Studios-backed producers presenting at the showcase […]

Channel 5’s Operation Live gets Aussie adaptation

The Garden’s Operation Live has scored an Australian adaptation. Channel Seven is localising the format in the new year, with plans to air a two-part special, produced by ITV Studios Australia, that will go behind the scenes on operations in Australia’s leading hospitals. Operation Live will also feature commentary from Australian cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Nikki […]

C4 appoints ex-Garden CEO to Indie Growth Fund board

Channel 4 (C4) has appointed The Garden’s former CEO Nick Curwin to its Indie Growth Fund Advisory Board. Curwin joins the board as an external independent expert, where he will help to supervise the operation, review the performance of the Fund and make recommendations to the C4 Corporation Board for investments and exits. He will […]

Curwin leaves Garden but remains with ITV

Nick Curwin is exiting is role as co-CEO of The Garden, but will remain with the UK prodco’s parent, ITV Studios, after signing a new deal. His new role means Garden co-founder and co-chef exec Magnus Temple becomes sole CEO, after he agreed to an “indefinite extension” to his existing deal. This comes four years […]

Authentically survival

Survival shows are nothing new, but the last few years have seen the genre go into overdrive, with titles like Naked And Afraid, Alone, Running Wild, Hunted and The Island proving real-life endurance tests are popular around the world, reports Andy Fry. Ask TV executives why survival shows are proliferating and they will tell you […]

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 […]

ITV ‘set to buy Twofour’

UK broadcaster ITV is set to acquire Plymouth-based production and distribution group Twofour, a Media Guardian report claims. The deal’s value is not known, but could see Educating Essex producer Twofour fetch around £70 million (US$107.5 million), according the paper’s estimates. Twofour merged with Boom Pictures in October 2013, though the partnership has not been […]

ITV remains a takeover target, say analysts

ITV will remain a takeover target and speculation about a sale will drive its share price ahead of any deal for the UK commercial broadcaster, according to analysts. In the wake of interim results reported this week, investment bank Credit Suisse issued a note on ITV in which it said the broadcaster’s performance was solid, […]

Dutch broadcaster intent on Keeping the Netherlands alive

Dutch public broadcaster Ned 1 has ordered a local version of the Keeping The Nation Alive format. The ob-doc is pitched as a behind-the-scenes snapshot of 24-hours in the nation’s healthcare system. The show was created by ITV-owned producer The Garden and the original version, Keeping Britain Alive, went out on UK channel BBC2. ITV […]