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History lines up annual presidents anthology

US cable channel History is preparing an annual anthology drama event focused on American presidents. The A+E Networks-owned station has optioned several best-selling novels on US presidents as source material for The Commanders, which will come from stablemare A+E Studios. The anthology will dramatise pivotal moments in the presidencies of several US leaders, with Bill […]

Crozier: ITV needed international switch

ITV CEO Adam Crozier has said ITV’s focus on the international business, acquiring companies such as Leftfield Entertainment and Talpa Media, has been key to turning the once-ailing UK broadcaster’s fortunes since he arrived in 2010. Speaking at a MIPCOM keynote, Crozier said the spate of acquisitions deals ITV has made in recent years had […]

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 […]

Texas Rises to 4.1 million

US cable net History’s latest epic miniseries, Texas Rising, garnered 4.1 million viewers for its opening episode. The Western comes from Leslie Greif and the team behind Hatfields and McCoys, and failed to mirror its huge numbers after it set cable TV records in 2012 with over 13 million viewers. However, citing Nielsen, History said […]

Greif, Joffé working on Texas Rising sequel

The creators of History miniseries Texas Rising are working on a second season, which will be set during the turbulent Comanche Wars, TBI has learned. Thinkfactory Media CEO Leslie Greif told TBI The Comanche Wars would be set in the same world as Texas Rising, the big-budget Western that ITV Studios Global Entertainment launched at MIPTV […]

Buccieri upped at ITV Studios US, Kyriacou adds new role

Paul Buccieri has been promoted to chairman of ITV Studios US Group, ITV’s umbrella division that includes all of its acquired Stateside production companies. In a further change, ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s MD Maria Kyriacou is taking on responsibility for production outside of the US and the UK. Buccieri (left) has been instrumental in UK […]

A+E, ITV Studios partner for History drama

US cable channel History has commissioned an eight-part period drama that details the rise of the Texas Rangers and their role in the 19th century Texan war of independence with Mexico. History’s A+E Networks sister A+E Studios is coproducing Texas Rising (WT) with ITV Studios America-owned Thinkfactory Media, which was behind History’s first scripted series […]

News brief: ITV Studios’ Thinkfactory Media reorganises

US prodco Thinkfactory Media has reorganised its executive team. The producer of Hatfields & McCoys, which was acquired earlier this year by ITV Studios, has upped Joanne Rubino to senior VP, production under the new structure. Adam Freeman has been elevated to creative director and Aaron Fishman named executive producer. All of these execs will […]

Cable sparks a US indie M&A frenzy

The international media groups that previously drove rounds of M&A activity among indies in the UK and Europe are now focused on acquisitions in the US as the cable sector and unscripted business boom. John Hazelton looks at who’s buying what, where opportunity lies and asks who’ll be next on to board the consolidation gravy […]

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 […]