EXCLUSIVE: ITV Studios US Group has finalized a joint venture agreement with Marty Adelstein to launch Tomorrow ITV Studios, a scripted studio under the umbrella of ITV Studios US Group. Adelstein had been in talks with ITV Studios for a few months. The two already have a project together: NBC’s straight-to-series drama about the Charles Manson murders Aquarius, starring David Duchovny and written by John McNamara. Adelstein segues to the ITV Studios deal following a lengthy stint at 20th Century Fox TV, most recently with the 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. banner, a partnership with Shawn Levy. It was run by Becky Clements, who is joining Adelstein at ITV Studios and will serve as president of Tomorrow ITV Studios.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Tomorrow ITV Studios will develop and produce drama and comedy projects, distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Tomorrow ITV Studios also has projects in the pipeline that will be done as international co-productions. “While Tomorrow ITV Studios will produce pilots, the objective is to develop and package scripts with talent in a straight-to-series model as we’ve done with Aquarius,” said Adelstein. “I feel fortunate to have partnered with ITV Studios; they are amazingly supportive and innovative and they will be fully backing Tomorrow ITV Studios.” Added Paul Buccieri, Chairman ITV Studios US Group and Global Entertainment, “I’m thrilled that we’ll be partnering with Marty and his great team, including Becky Clements, to create innovative and exciting drama and comedy series.” Read More »
As ITV increases its footprint in the U.S., the company has named longtime exec Paul Buccieri to the post of Chairman of the ITV Studios U.S. Group and ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The move follows ITV’s recent acquisition of Leftfield Entertainment, and a host of other purchases over the last 18 months which have made it the largest independent unscripted producer in the U.S. A former Fox and Endemol exec, Buccieri joined ITV Studios in 2007, and in 2013 was named President & CEO ITV Studios U.S. Group and Managing Director ITV Studios International. He will now focus on leading and integrating the U.S. group, which also includes ITV Studios America, Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media and DiGa Vision. At the same time, Buccieri will become Chairman of ITVSGE, the international distribution and consumer products business. Maria Kyriacou, Managing Director of ITVSGE, will in turn take on responsibility for the production operations outside of the U.S. and UK; those include interests in Australia, France, Germany and the Nordic territories. She joined in 2010 from Disney. Kevin Lygo, Managing Director of ITV Studios, said today, “Our strategy is to further develop and grow the American operation both in reality and scripted, which is key to the success of our global content business, and I’m therefore delighted that Paul … Read More »
Thinkfactory Media, which was acquired by Britain’s ITV in June, has promoted longtime exec Adam Reed to EVP. Reed started working with Thinkfactory founder and CEO Leslie Greif in 2004. Among his credits are co-creating and executive producing A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels as well as developing and exec producing such shows as Preachers’ Daughters, Marriage Bootcamp: Bridezillas, Prank My Mom, and Teach: Tony Danza. In his new position, he will play a key management role in all areas of the Hatfields & McCoys production company and continue to be responsible for overseeing creative and business development, along with day-to-day production across all series. There’s been a flurry of movement in the ITV family recently. As reported earlier today, ITV Studios America is getting a new president in Orly Adelson. Earlier this month, ITV Studios U.S. Group was forged as an umbrella company for the ITV stable of Stateside production outfits including ITV Studios America, Gurney Prods, High Noon Entertainment and Thinkfactory.
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 led by a team chaired by Paul Buccieri, who now hold the titles of president & CEO ITV Studios U.S. Group and Managing Director ITV Studios International. As part of the new leadership structure, ITV Studios International Director of Legal & Business Affairs Julie Meldal-Johnsen has been appointed to EVP Operations, and ITV Studios America SVP Business Affairs Ivan Garel-Jones to EVP Business Affairs, effective immediately. Oliver De La Hoz joins as EVP Finance from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he helped shepherd the majority interest acquisitions of Gurney, High Noon and Thinkfactory, and comes aboard later this month. Buccieri continues to head up ITV Studios’ wider international business, which includes production companies in Germany, France, Australia and the Nordics, plus distribution business ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “Under Paul’s leadership we have continued to make great progress in building a strong international content business, an important part of ITV’s Transformation Plan”, said Kevin Lygo, Managing Director, ITV Studios. “The creation of this new leadership team will further underpin the momentum Paul has built as we continue to drive forward the expansion of the ITV Studios US Group.” ITV Studios America currently series including Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares as well as the … Read More »