ITV CEO focused on ‘strategic refresh’ as profits fall

ITV CEO Carolyn McCall is “very focused” on the UK broadcaster’s “strategic refresh”, as full-year 2017 profits fell. McCall was bullish despite the numbers, saying there was “no doubt that ITV’s operational performance in 2017 in a challenging environment was strong”. Under McCall’s predecessor, Adam Crozier, ITV diversified away from its broadcast advertising business model […]

Amazon teams with ITV for Kate Beckinsale drama

Amazon Prime Video and UK broadcaster ITV are coproducing a limited drama series starring Kate Beckinsale. The Widow will see the Underworld franchise actor playing a grieving widow who receives a phone call that turns her life upside down and takes her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Commissioning broadcaster ITV, which first announced the […]

UK kids industry gets ‘much-needed’ £60m cash injection

The British kids TV industry has been given a £60 million (€67 million) production and distribution boost, which has been described as a “much-needed stimulus” for local producers. The UK government revealed the fund would be available for content broadcast on commercial public TV broadcasters such as ITV and Channel 5, other free TV networks, […]

ITV chairman: public service channel prominence must be maintained

The prominence of public service channels must be maintained as TV platforms continue to evolve, ITV executive chairman Peter Bazalgette has warned. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA this morning, Bazalgette said that while there is a bright future for free-to-air, terrestrial television, it must adapt to changes in the industry. Bazalgette said that […]

ITV: good TV translates across all screens

Good TV translates across different screen types and it is up to viewers to figure out the best way to access that content, according to ITV’s managing director of online, Paul Kanareck. Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London yesterday, Kanareck challenged a number of percieved ‘truisms’ in the industry – such as young […]

ITV buys majority stake in Italy’s Cattleya

ITV Studios (ITVS) has acquired a majority stake in Italian indie producer Cattleya, the company behind hit drama Gomorrah. Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy, while ITVS distribution arm ITV Global Entertainment will distribute TV series from the production company where rights are available. ITVS parent ITV said that this is the latest […]

Ampere Analysis: media debt to fuel growth is mostly manageable

The high levels of debt being incurred by big international media companies such as Amazon, Altice, Netflix and Verizon as well as significant regional players such as Sky, ITV and Liberty Global are of much less concern than the situation of internet companies before the dot com crash at the turn of the century, according […]

Men & Motors re-launches as lifestyle format

Men & Motors, the UK TV channel brand previously operated by ITV and Sky between 1996 and 2010, is being re-launched to the international market as a lifestyle format. One Media IP, a UK-based intellectual property company that acquired the Men & Motors assets from British broadcaster ITV in 2012, has transformed the brand into […]

ITV taps AWS Elemental for streaming video

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has tapped video processing specialist AWS Elemental to deliver technology to modernise its streaming video capabilities. AWS Elemental Live software is deployed in ITV’s two playout centers, encoding high-quality streams to two ITV data centers where ITV online services originate. AWS Elemental Live software is deployed in ITV’s two playout centres, […]

STV appoints ITV online and pay TV boss as CEO

STV has appointed ITV’s managing director, online, pay TV, interactive and technology, Simon Pitts, as its next CEO. Pitts, who has worked at ITV for 17 years in various senior roles, is due to join the Scottish broadcaster’s board as chief executive on January 3, 2018. His appointment comes after STV’s current CEO, Rob Woodward, […]

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