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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 […]

ITV Studios buying spree to continue, US drama push planned

Kevin Lygo has told TBI that ITV Studio’s aggressive indie buying spree will continue and that the next phase will see it move into the US scripted TV market. “We’re growing significantly and, internationally, the content acquisition strategy will continue for a while,” Lygo said in an exclusive interview. Buoyed by the recent strong performance […]

Crozier plays down Nice move as ITV boosts revenue

ITV’s chief exec Adam Crozier has played down a move for Scandinavian production group Nice Entertainment as the UK broadcaster posted strong half yearly results. ITV has been among the most active major television company in terms of acquisitions since Crozier unveiled his five-year Transformation plan in 2010, and just last week bought UK indie […]

ITV continues buying spree with £12.5m-plus Big Talk deal

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired 100% of Rev and Friday Night Dinner producer Big Talk Productions in a deal potentially worth an initial £12.5 million (US$19.2 million). ITV has been stalking Big Talk for some time as it continues to aggressively beef up its production assets through acquisitions. The news follows deals in the last […]

Crozier: ITV Studios will deliver double-digit growth this year

The CEO of ITV has predicted the UK broadcaster’s international arm, ITV Studios, will deliver “double-digit” growth this year, despite revenues for the first three months of this year dipping 5%. ITVS, which counts Come Dine with Me (pictured) and Hell’s Kitchen among its formats, posted revenues for the three months to March 31, 2013, of £201 million (US$306.1 […]

ITV takes slice of US market with Cake Boss acquisition

UK broadcast giant ITV is acquiring a majority stake in the producer of US cable series Cake Boss, High Noon Entertainment. ITV has paid US$26.7 million upfront for a 60% stake in the company, with a top-up payment due in 2015 dependent on company performance. Furthermore, ITV has a put and call option that allows […]

RTL welcomes The Audience

Germany’s RTL has commissioned a local version of UK format The Audience. ITV Studios Germany will produce the 4×46′ series, which comes from UK indie The Garden (One Born Every Minute, 24 Hours in A&E). It will debut on March 27 and be known as Die Zuschauer. The deal follows on from others in Norway, […]

ITV Studio inks format deals for The Audience

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold The Audience format into Norway and Hungary. ITV Studios Nordic will produce 8x45mins episodes of The Audience for Viasat’s TV 3 in Norway, while ITV Studios Global Entertainment has secured a deal in Hungary, where Paprika Latino will produce 6x60mins episodes for Viasat 3. ITVS GE represents […]

Canada’s W Network buys The Audience

Canadian specialty channel W Network has ordered a local version of Channel 4 format The Audience. The show is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which brokered the Canadian deal. In the UK the show is produced by indie The Garden, which has a first-look deal with ITV. In Canada it will be made by […]