ITV's Director of Drama to Leave U.K. Broadcaster

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Jenna Colman in the upcoming 'Victoria'

Steve November helped oversee the likes of 'Downton Abbey' and commissioned new productions including ITV Studios' big-budget MIPTV offering 'Victoria.'

Steve November, the head of drama at British broadcaster ITV, has announced he is stepping down, just days before the network will present a slate of projects that he greenlit to international buyers at the MIPTV market in Cannes. 

November, who has been with ITV for 16 years and was named its head of drama in 2013, helped oversee hit shows like Downton Abbey and Broadchurch, and commissioned a raft of new high-profile series including Victoria, which is ITV Studios' flagship Cannes attraction, plus Tutankhamun, Brief Encounters, The Durrells, Maigret and Cold Feet.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to be involved with ITV drama for 16 years and to have worked with so many great people, from runners to writers, through such exciting times for drama," said November in a statement. "ITV is going through a period of change now, which affords me the perfect opportunity to move on to new adventures. I wish ITV drama every success in the future."

A replacement for November has not yet been announced.