ITV cuts senior positions, reorganizes

Firm says changes will allow it to focus on programming

LONDON -- ITV Studios announced a restructuring of its production division in a move that will cut about 15 senior jobs and streamline production so that the division will be more format and client-friendly, ITV Studios managing director Lee Bartlett said Tuesday.

Under the plan, ITV's production units will be organized into entertainment, factual, scripted and daytime programming, with each division producing for the U.K. market while aiming to develop international concepts.

Each of the four content groups will be headed by its own creative director who reports to ITV Studios creative director John Whiston. Whiston said the changes would allow ITV Studios to focus on programming.

"The changes we are proposing will allow us to focus on the game-changing programming that is so important to us and our clients -- entertainment, daytime, factual and scripted content -- and provide our clients with one point of contact, within our ITV Studios' team," Whiston said.

Jobs are expected to be lost in the finance and accounting departments, which will now have one team operating across all departments.

"We must evolve the way we manage our business and today's proposals will simplify our creative structure and create a truly flexible production management team, so we continue to deliver first-rate programming for our U.K. and global clients, said Bartlett.

ITV Studios, which currently has about 2000 staff members, has already seen about 600 jobs cut over the past two years as the company seeks to cut costs out of the business.