Profits may be up 20% at its UK parent company, but ITV Studios America today found its relationship with the Writers Guild of America East taking a steep fall. As contract talks between the two parties grind on, the scribe guild claims that ITV Studios America has been depriving about 150 of its writers and producers of up to $30,000 a year in deserved overtime pay on its unscripted shows including A&E’s The First 48, Nat Geo Wild’s Cesar 911 and TLC’s Four Weddings. The WGA East says that up until two weeks ago, the Sherman Oaks- and NYC-based company has been making employees put in 60- to 80-hour weeks without any of the compensation that are entitled to under federal and state laws. Under pressure from the guild, the company began giving associate producers overtime pay two weeks ago and not retroactively. That’s only a partial solution, says the WGA East. “Companies like ITV simply cannot insist that employees devote every waking moment to the company, month in and month out,” said WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson today. The situation at ITV Studios America comes as the WGA is taking a short break from its sometime-tense negotiations with the studios and the networks over a new 3-year contract.
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The 10-year company veteran is being promoted from EVP Development, Production and Operations for New York. As ITV Studios America‘s COO, East Coast, Patrice Andrews will continue to manage the company’s ops in the region. She joined the … Read More »
Brian Zagorski has been promoted to SVP of Current and Programming at ITV Studios America. In his newly expanded role, Zagorski will continue to oversee the company’s production slate on the West Coast. His recent projects include #RichKids Of Beverly Hills for … Read More »
ITV Studios America has pacted with Justin Killion in a non-scripted overall and first-look scripted deal to create, develop and exec produce television programming for the production entity. The move was announced today by Bruce Robertson, SVP Creative Strategy of ITV Studios America. Killion will be working directly with development exec Tim Urian.
Killion comes to ITV Studios America from Original Productions where he served as SVP Development. During his tenure there he created, developed and sold hundreds of hours of non-scripted TV to multiple networks, including the Storage Wars franchise, and set up more than a dozen scripted projects. He was previously a literary manager at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso and their One-Two Punch Prods have closed a two-year first-look deal at ITV Studios America, the U.S.-based division of the ITV-owned British production company. The pact, which will have the duo develop new projects for ITV Studios, including formats from the ITV library, comes on the heels of a strong selling season for One-Two Punch, which has set up five projects at Fox, NBC and ABC, with a sixth close to a deal. Former Lifetime and OWN executive Grasso and former Mark Gordon Prods president Spera, who met while working together on the Mark Gordon Prods’ Lifetime series Army Wives, teamed up to launch One-Two Punch in June 2011. For the past two seasons, the company was under a deal at Sony TV. Here are details on the five sold One-Two Punch Prods projects: Read More »
Orly Adelson, president of Dick Clark Prods, will be leaving the production company to join ITV‘s U.S. production unit ITV Studios America as president. Adelson, a respected producer, joined Dick Clark in 2008 shortly after … Read More »
The umbrella ITV Studios U.S. Group will include ITV’s existing production business ITV Studios America as well as recently acquired Duck Dynasty producer Gurney Productions, Cake Boss‘ High Noon Entertainment and Thinkfactory Media. The new group will be … Read More »
Veteran showrunner John X. Kim has been promoted to Senior Executive Producer, ITV Studios America. Kim is the co-creator and executive producer of the real-life homicide investigation series The First 48, now in its … Read More »
ITV Studios America has signed a first-look development deal with non-scripted production company Bishop-Lyons Entertainment. Bishop-Lyons was launched in 2010 by veteran producers Andrew Bishop, who serves as CEO, and David Lyons, who is president.
ITV Studios America has appointed Rob Shaftel as SVP Development (East Coast). Based in ITV Studios America’s New York office, he will develop new programming for the U.S. broadcast and cable markets, reporting to Bruce Robertson, head of development for ITV Studios America. Shaftel was previously VP Development at unscripted production company Leftfield Pictures and worked in program development at Discovery. Read More »
The overall deal is the latest for ITV Studios’ U.S.-based indie production arm ITV Studios America and brings into the fold Bob Kusbit‘s One Louder, which is behind Made and the upcoming Totally Clueless on MTV as well … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After seven years at ICM and a total of 15 with agent Greg Lipstone, ITV Studios America has signed with WME in all areas, including unscripted and scripted TV. The company (then Granada America) … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: ITV Studios America has signed a first-look development deal with M3 Creative, Andy Meyers’ creative agency that is branching out into series production. The pact covers rights on original non-scripted projects from M3, which specializes in branded content, marketing … Read More »
ITV Studios America has closed a producer pod deal with Bienstock Young Media, the company of veteran unscripted producers Jay Bienstock and Eugene Young whose credits include The Apprentice, Survivor, Bachelor Pad, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Deal or No Deal, The Price is Right, Family Feud and Let’s Make a … Read More »
ITV Studios America president CEO Paul Buccieri has been promoted to Managing Director ITV Studios International. In the newly created role he will shepherd the company’s international strategy with focus on expanding international production and the exploitation of ITV Studios’ brands. Buccieri will continue to oversee ITV Studios America, which he has run for the past four years, in addition to all international production companies and ITV Studios Global Entertainment, reporting to Kevin Lygo, Managing Director ITV Studios. “Our focus is to expand the business by leveraging that expertise and our international footprint to build on our portfolio of global hits, both in scripted and non-scripted,” Buccieri said. We are also targeting investment to increase co-productions, such as Titanic, and in resources to grow our consumer products business.” Read More »
A show about antiques on Fox?! The network has greenlighted Buried Treasure, a new unscripted series starring antiques experts and appraisers Leigh and Leslie Keno (identical twin brothers of Antiques Roadshow fame), who travel across the country to help people sell collectibles … Read More »