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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) […]

Preethi Mavahalli Named Creative Director of Ben Stephenson’s ITV Studios-Backed Poison Pen Scripted Label

Poison Pen Studios, the upcoming ITV Studios scripted label from former BBC and Bad Robot exec Ben Stephenson, has named Preethi Mavahalli as creative director. Mavahalli, who will move from Sky Studios, where she has been creative director of in-house drama, will join Poison Pen — which will be based in London and Los Angeles and […]

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 […]

NFL Heading to ITV in U.K. After Seven Years on BBC

The U.K.’s small but growing legion of NFL fans has a new free-to-air home to get their (late night) TV football fix. Following a new three-year deal, the NFL will be heading to Brit network ITV next month, taking over from the BBC after seven years. The NFL is also shown on Comcast’s pay TV […]

‘Big Brother’ to Make U.K. Return in 2023 on ITV

The U.K. is re-entering the Big Brother house. Almost five years after John de Mol’s beloved, loathed, groundbreaking and entertainment landscape-changing reality show left U.K. TV following 17 seasons, the format — now owned by Banijay and produced by its Initial label — is set to make a dramatic return. Having first launched on Channel 4 in […]

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 […]

ITV Acquires 80 Percent Stake in Natural History TV Program Producer Plimsoll for $126M

U.K. TV giant ITV said Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake of 79.5 percent in natural history TV program producer Plimsoll Productions for approximately £103.5 million ($126 million) in cash. The deal values Plimsoll at an enterprise value of £131 million ($150 million). Founded in Bristol in 2013, it has produced […]

Amazon Orders U.K. Original Drama ‘Fifteen-Love’ From ‘Bodyguard’ Producer (Exclusive)

Amazon has greenlit the Brit original drama Fifteen-Love from ITV Studios’ World Productions, the producer of Bodyguard, Vigil and Line of Duty. The scripted drama is created and written by Hania Elkington (The Innocents). The first three episodes of Fifteen-Love will be directed by Eva Riley, while the next three will be helmed by Toby […]

ITV Ad Revenue Jumps 16 Percent in First Quarter, Studio Unit Grows 23 Percent

U.K. TV giant ITV reported its first-quarter revenue on Wednesday, including a 16 percent jump in advertising revenue to 468 million pounds ($578 million). The company, led by CEO Carolyn McCall, also said its production arm ITV Studios saw revenue increase 23 percent in the opening period of 2022 to 458 million pounds ($565 million) […]

ITV Revenues Leap 24 Percent to $4.6B

U.K. TV giant ITV reported its full-year advertising revenue record for 2021 on Thursday and painted a very healthy post-pandemic picture across the board. The company, led by CEO Carolyn McCall, saw total external revenue soar 24 percent to 3.4 billion pounds ($4.6 billion), a sharp rise on the COVID-impacted 2020 figure of 2.7 billion […]

BBC, ITV and All3Media Stop Licensing Content to Russia

BBC Studios, All3Media and ITV Studios have stopped doing business with Russia in protest of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine last week. All three of Europe’s largest television companies, which together represent hundreds of hours of television programming, have decided to stop licensing shows to Russian customers in light of the ongoing war in […]