ITV Picks Up Danish Format Group United

Courtesy of ITV
Paul Buccieri, president and CEO, ITV Studios U.S. Group

The U.K. TV giant has snatched up several indie production companies recently, including “Teen Wolf” producer DiGa Vision and Gurney Productions, who produce “Duck Dynasty.”

U.K. television giant ITV has added another indie production company to its stable, acquiring Danish format group United for an undisclosed sum.

United, set up in 2012 by  producers Louise Ellerbaek and Mads Lund, is a reality and entertainment TV specialist, with shows including The Modern Mother, Legal Aid and Ski School among its titles. The deal will build on ITV's Nordic production base, where the company already controls regional production companies Tarinatalo, Mediacircus and Silverback.

ITV has been aggressively expanding over the past year in a bid to build up a global production network to rival giants such as Endemol and FremantleMedia. The group paid a reported $40 million for a controlling stake in Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions; $30 million for a majority in Thinkfactory Media, makers of Hatfields & McCoys; some $27 million for London-based The Garden, whose shows include 24 Hours on A&E; the British comedy specialist Big Talk, which make show hit Friday Night Dinner; just over $25 million for reality TV group High Noon (Cake Boss) and, earlier this month, taking a majority stake in New York-based DiGa Vision, producers of the Teen Wolf series.