Thinkfactory Media


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 […]

ITV Studios forms US umbrella group

Paul Buccieri will lead a new ITV Studios US group that will reflect UK broadcaster ITV’s expanded stateside business. The formation of the ITV Studios US Group, which will house ITV Studios America, comes after the acquisition of US producers Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment and Gurney Productions and ITV CEO Adam Crozier’s claim that […]

Bridezillas spin-off goes off at Foxtel

A new Bridezillas spin-off has sold to Australian pay TV platform Foxtel. The 9x60mins Marriage Bootcamp: Bridezillas follows five couples trying to save their relationships by checking into an intense marriage bootcamp. It comes from ITV Studios-owned Thinkfactory Media in association with September Films, whose parent DCD Media sells the show through distribution arm DCD […]

News brief: History moves for Thinkfactory reality show

A+E-owned cable channel History has ordered a reality series featuring a Brooklyn-based family-owned removals business. The Great Santini Brothers will debut on September 8 at 10pm ET/PT featuring the titular family business, as one generation of brothers plan to hand over their sons. The show comes from ITV-owned Thinkfactory Media. Executive producers are Adam Freeman, […]

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 […]

ITV ‘tees up £90m bid’ for Scandi’s Nice

UK broadcaster ITV is reportedly set to continue its spending spree by preparing a £90 million (US$134.5 million) offer for Finland-based producer Nice Entertainment. UK newspaper the Sunday Times reported ITV is considering placing the offer for Nice, which counts Babes on the Bus and Celebrity Babysitter among its formats. FremantleMedia, Sony and Time Warner […]

ITV pays US$30m for US producer of Hatfield & McCoys

ITV has acquired a controlling stake in Thinkfactory Media, the US producer that made Hatfield & McCoys, one of the most successful shows ever on US cable TV. The UK broadcaster has paid US$30 million for a 65% stake in Thinkfactory with an option to acquire the remainder in a two-year window that opens three […]

Spike TV taps talent for scripted specials push

US cable channel Spike TV is developing five projects from producers such as Leslie Greif and Tom Fontana that, if greenlit, would run as large-scale special event series. The move marks Viacom-owned Spike’s first move into the scripted special event space since 2007 series The Kill Point, and comes as the channel seeks to target […]