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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 […]

How Major TV Distributors Came Together to Form the London Screenings

After the inaugural 2021 edition of the London Screenings was held in the virtual world due to the pandemic, the second — and mostly physical — round of the growing TV event kicks off this week, with hundreds of buyers from the U.S., Europe and Australia having descended upon the British capital (alongside many from […]

‘The Voice’ Creator John de Mol Responds to Abuse Allegations at Dutch Show: “I Absolutely Feel Responsible”

Emmy-winning producer John de Mol, the creator of global hit The Voice, has responded to multiple claims of sexual misconduct by members of staff on The Voice of Holland, the original Dutch version of the singing competition show. Broadcaster RTL pulled The Voice of Holland off the air after a local investigative news program reported […]

ITV Studios’ Global Entertainment Division Promotes Arjan Pomper to Managing Director

ITV Studios’ Global Entertainment, the division responsible for selling and monetizing such unscripted formats as Love Island and The Voice globally, has promoted Arjan Pomper to the role of managing director. As managing director, Pomper reports directly to ITV Studios chief operating officer David McGraynor and will work closely with key stakeholders from across the […]

BritBox to Launch in Scandinavia With C More

BritBox International, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV that centers on British programming, will launch in Scandinavia in early 2022 via a distribution partnership with pay TV company C More. Once the streamer, through this deal, becomes available in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway, it will be available in eight countries. BritBox will […]

ITV Studios to Double Number of Scripted Show Hours, Boost Revenue From Streamers

U.K. TV giant ITV is targeting to double the number of scripted programming hours created by its production arm ITV Studios and boost the percentage of revenue it gets from streamers from 14 percent this year to around 25 percent by 2026. The company, led by CEO Carolyn McCall, unveiled the targets Thursday and also […]

Helena Bonham Carter to Lead New Russell T. Davies Drama ‘Nolly’ About U.K. TV Star Noele Gordon

Russell T. Davies may be heading back to the TARDIS next year when he returns as showrunner of Doctor Who, but the BAFTA-winning writer behind It’s a Sin, Years and Years and A Very English Scandal has another TV miniseries up his sleeve before then. Nolly, commissioned by ITV, will explore the rise and fall […]

ITV Posts 32 Percent Ad Revenue Jump in Third Quarter, Forecasts Full-Year Record

U.K. TV giant ITV said its third-quarter total advertising revenue jumped 32 percent after a 29 percent increase in the first half of 2021. In its financial update on Wednesday, the company also reported an increase in total revenue for the first nine months of the year, including at production arm ITV Studios, and provided […]