World Productions


ITV Studios snags second window sales for ‘Bodyguard’

ITV Studios (ITVS) has struck a raft of deals for its scripted series including Jed Mercurio’s crime hit Bodyguard, as Covid-19 drives up demand for second window rights. The six-part show, from ITVS-owned World Productions, was first available in 2018 via the UK’s BBC and Netflix elsewhere but has now been picked up by Seven […]

‘Line Of Duty’s World Productions options Nikita Lalwani novel

ITV Studios-owned World Productions has optioned You People, the upcoming third novel from author Nikita Lalwani. The novel follows enigmatic south London restauranteur Tuli, who uses his business as a base to provide essential but dubious services for those in need. Among those that come to him for aid are Nia, who is running from […]

BritBox joins ITV’s true crime drama ‘The Pembrokeshire Murders’

ITV and BBC Studios’ North American streamer BritBox has boarded a forthcoming true crime drama starring Beauty And The Beast’s Luke Evans. The streamer becomes a co-producer on The Pembrokeshire Murders, which focuses on historic cold cases in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is being written by Nick Stevens (In Plain Sight) and executive produced by Simon […]

World Productions founder Tony Garrett dies aged 83

World Productions’ founder Tony Garnett has died at the age of 83. Garnett worked on dramas such as Cathy Come Home and Kes for the BBC during his early career, before moving to Hollywood during the 1980s where he was behind films such as Follow That Bird. He launched World Productions in 1990 with the […]

BBC Studios names ‘Bodyguard’ exec to head drama for production arm

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed Bodyguard producer Priscilla Parish to lead the drama division at its production arm. Parish, who becomes head of drama for BBCS Production, will report to director of content Ralph Lee and will be responsible for the creative strategy and development for BBCS drama series and serials, daytime drama and factual […]

ITVS GE sends ‘Bodyguard’ to China

Bodyguard is heading to China. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sold mainland Chinese broadcasting rights to the hit drama to Huanxi Media Group Limited, which will stream the title on huanxi.com. The platform provides domestic and international films as well as scripted TV drama. Bodyguard was created and written by Line Of Duty […]

Netflix picks up BBC1 thriller Bodyguard

Netflix has picked up World Productions’ BBC1 drama Bodyguard. The streaming giant, which boarded the Richard Madden-fronted thriller at script stage, will release the drama around the world, except for the UK, Ireland and China, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The drama, which is created and written by Jed Mercurio, follows a […]

BritBox squares up to rivals with Bletchley Circle original drama

Best-of-British SVOD service BritBox has commissioned its first original drama, a spin-off of ITV drama The Bletchley Circle. The US service has pooled together with UK broadcaster ITV, which is one of its investors, on The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. This marks BritBox out as the latest SVOD player to get in on the original […]

Expectation scours World for drama chief

Start-up prodco Expectation Entertainment continues to build up its ranks, this time hiring a World Productions exec to become its creative director for drama. Kirstie Macdonald has joined the London-based producer, which former ITV chief Peter Fincham and ex-Endemol Shine Group president Tim Hincks launched last year. Macdonald is the latest to join the well […]

ITV buys Line of Duty prodco

UK broadcaster ITV has acquired Line of Duty producer World Productions. World CEO Roger Charteris is stepping down as a result, with creative director Simon Heath the new chief exec and managing director Roderick Seligman continuing to oversee day-to-day management. ITV will take rights to all new World-produced series going forwards. Significantly, Content Television will […]