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ITV CEO Previews Launch of Its Free Streaming Service As Disney, Netflix Ready Ad-Tiers

U.K. TV giant ITV said the fact that Netflix and Disney+ are preparing advertising tiers could expand the broader ad market and “is kind of about how powerful TV is,” CEO Carolyn McCall said on Tuesday in London. “We will have to monitor very carefully,” she added though. Speaking at the Royal Television Society (RTS) […]

ITV Content Boss on Rebooting ‘Big Brother’ and Launching Streamer ITVX: “You Have to Fight Ever Harder” to Attract Audiences

U.K. TV giant ITV will launch its new streaming service ITVX in November to attract more overall viewers for its content, the company’s managing director, media and entertainment Kevin Lygo told a TV industry event on Wednesday. He also credited the “extraordinary success” of fellow reality TV series Love Island as a key driver behind […]

ITV Ad Revenue Drops 5 Percent in Second Quarter, Studios Unit Grows 16 Percent in First Half

U.K. TV giant ITV reported better-than-expected first-half 2022 revenue on Thursday, including a gain of 6 percent in total external revenue and a 5 percent improvement in advertising revenue, but the latter declined in the second quarter amid difficult comparisons with the year-ago period. Management emphasized that it was “mindful” of macro-economic clouds and was […]

An Interview With BBC Studios CEO Tom Fussell: From Streaming Dealmaking to Production Investments

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of U.K. public broadcaster BBC, touted strong business momentum in its annual report on Tuesday, including record full-year revenue and earnings, as well as a 56 percent increase in production sales. The company lauded “a very healthy year” for its TV channels group saying: “Content sales were strong at over […]

Streamer BritBox International Provides “a Sanctuary, a Haven,” CEO Says

Why do consumers in the U.S. and other parts of the world pay for streaming service BritBox International? It might simply come down to providing a British-flavored form of escapism through its deep library of Brit hit programming from the likes of ITV and the BBC, according to one top executive. “It is clearly an […]

MIPTV: ‘Hotel Portofino’ Gets Season 2 Order, ‘Professor T’ Sells Wide

Hotel Portofino, a lush period drama set in 1920 Italy, has received a second-season order ahead of its US. debut on PBS later this year. The series, starring Natascha McElhone, Mark Umbers and Lily Fraser, premiered on streamer Britbox UK earlier this year, where it was one of the platform’s most successful originals ever. The […]