ITV Grows Financials; Acquires Norway’s Mediacircus, Teams With Israel’s Reshet

By | Thursday July 26, 2012 @ 12:11am PDT

UPDATE: Just after announcing half-year results this morning, ITV said it has acquired Norwegian production company Mediacircus and has joined forces with Israeli broadcaster Reshet in a strategic development and production partnership. The moves fall in line with the company’s transformation plan as it aims to build a strong international content business. Mediacircus, which will become part of ITV Studios Nordic, produces factual and documentary programming. It currently produces the ITV Studios format Come Date with Me. Reshet develops and produces original drama and entertainment formats including Comedians At Work, Step Family and The Money Pump. Among its original dramas are A Touch Away, which has been licensed by HBO, and Life Is Not Everything, licensed by Sony Studios. Sharon Gelbaum-Shpan will head the venture’s Israeli office.

: ITV chief exec Adam Crozier’s 5-year transformation plan at ITV is still underway and “gaining momentum.” The broadcaster reported its half-year results on Thursday morning with growth across all business areas. External revenues were up 10% to £1.13B with big increases at ITV Studios, Read More »

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ITV Confirms Simon Cowell Returning To Boost ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

Deadline contributor Tim Adler files this international report:

Simon Cowell will return as one of the judges on next year’s Britain’s Got Talent, ITV boss Adam Crozier has confirmed. The X Factor impresario will resume his seat on the talent show following the recent exits of judges David Hasselhof and Michael McIntyre. Speaking to press this afternoon in London, the ITV boss also hinted that ITV Studios may be in the market to buy an American production company, pointing out that the U.S. is the second-liveliest market for independent TV producers apart from the UK. For now though, Crozier is concentrating on wiping out the £612 million worth of debt he inherited by year’s end. “When you inherit something that isn’t working, the worst thing you can do is start bolting things on,” he said. Read More »

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ITV Revenue Lifts 11% In First 9 Months

By | Tuesday November 16, 2010 @ 4:31am PST

With 30-second primetime TV ads during next month’s The X Factor final now selling for £250,000 ($400,000), no wonder ITV expects 4th quarter ad revenue to rise by 10%. ITV’s revenue over the first 9 months has risen to £1.46 … Read More »

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ITV To Start Charging For Internet Extras

Adam Crozier, CEO of UK broadcaster ITV, has suggested making viewers pay for extra content, such as alternative endings. At one point he talked about charging Brit TV viewers to watch hugely popular soap Coronation Street first online, but rowed … Read More »

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ITV Denies That Massive Job Cuts Planned

By | Monday September 13, 2010 @ 8:31am PDT

The broadcaster has flatly rejected press reports that it’s planning to halve the 1,400 staff at its London South Bank HQ over the next few years. Or that more jobs will go among the 2,600 ITV staff members elsewhere in … Read More »

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ITV Boss Adam Crozier Says ‘We Need To Make Network Fit For Purpose’

By | Tuesday August 3, 2010 @ 8:59am PDT

Adam Crozier, CEO of ITV, stressed there are “no quick fixes or silver bullets” announcing today’s half-year results. Crozier has set a target of half the broadcaster’s ad revenue not coming from terrestrial TV within 5 years. Right now 74% … Read More »

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ITV To Go Behind Pay-Wall For First Time

By | Monday August 2, 2010 @ 4:37am PDT

The UK’s biggest private broadcaster is expected to announce that it’s taking high-definition versions of spin-off digital channels behind Sky’s pay-wall. Although audiences for HD versions of ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 are small, CEO Adam Crozier is planting a flag for the future. Eventually all TV channels will be high-definition, … Read More »

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