9:29am PT by Kate Stanhope
ITV Studios America and Circle of Confusion Team for Scripted TV Studio
ITV Studios America and The Walking Dead producers Circle of Confusion are joining forces.
The two companies have finalized a joint agreement to launch a studio for scripted TV programming, titled Circle of Confusion Television Studios.
The new studio will source, develop and produce premium scripted programming with support from ITV Studios America and draw from Circle of Confusion's library of intellectual property as well as its talent relationships. The two entities will put together a creative team to oversee the day-to-day operations of the studio, which will be based in Los Angeles. ITV Studios' distribution team will manage distribution of the studio's output.
In addition to producing Walking Dead and its spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, Circle of Confusion produces Cinemax's Outcast and BBC America's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, as well as films such as Straight Outta Compton, Mr. Right and Paul Greengrass' upcoming Ness.
The company's client roster also includes writer-producers like Brian Michael Bendis, Robert Kirkman and Lana and Lilly Wachowski, as well as actors Sasha Alexander, Benjamin Bratt, Frank Langella, Frances McDormand, Michelle Monaghan, Sarah Polley, Pablo Schreiber and Alfre Woodard, among others.
"We have been looking for the right collaborator with whom to expand on our success in the television space, and ITV Studios America is the perfect partner to support and accelerate the growth of our TV business," Circle of Confusion partners David Alpert, David Engel, Frank Frattaroli, Lawrence Mattis, and Brad Mendelsohn said in a joint statement. "ITV's creative openness, financial strength and global reach will empower Circle of Confusion Television Studios to create more premium groundbreaking shows to excite audiences around the world."
The joint venture is part of ITV's continued ambitions to expand stateside into scripted television. To that end, ITV has also formed recent partnerships with Tomorrow Studios (TNT's Good Behavior) and has invested in Blumhouse Television (Showtime's upcoming Roger Ailes mini) and Indigenous Media.
"We are thrilled to join forces to create Circle of Confusion Television Studios," said ITV Studios America president Philippe Maigret. "The team at Circle of Confusion has established a clear track record in both talent management and developing hit content that gives the new venture a great deal of creative and commercial potential. The portfolio of projects that will come out of Circle of Confusion Television Studios will be a perfect addition to our development and production slate as we continue to scale up ITV Studios' U.S. scripted television business."