ITV Studios bets for its first ever Australian scripted label acquiring Lingo Pictures

The company has bought a majority stake in the multi-award winning Australian production company led by Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens.

2 NOV 2022

Jason Stephens and Helen Bowden

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ITV Studios has acquired a majority stake in the multi-award winning Australian production company, Lingo Pictures, led by Helen Bowden and Jason Stephens, marking ITV Studios’ first ever Australian scripted label. Helen and Jason will continue to head up the business based in Sydney. As part of the wider ITV Studios Group, Lingo will sit under the international production arm led by Managing Director, Lisa Perrin.

Lisa Perrin said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Helen and Jason whose partnership has become one of the most admired in the Australian and international scripted space. Their talent for producing high quality scripted content is clear and they are well positioned to take even more advantage of the unprecedented demand for English language drama as part of our global network of production companies.”

Lingo is known for the creation and production of innovative and ambitious returning drama for domestic and international audiences, having nurtured strong relationships with both linear broadcasters and streamers on a global scale. Lingo’s recent productions include a second season of "The Secrets She Keeps" for Paramount+, BBC One and Sundance/AMC; the second season of the Foxtel Australia and Sky Original series, "Upright", starring Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock (House of the Dragon). Both shows have received strong critical acclaim and have sold very well internationally.

Further projects include the upcoming "Queen of Oz", a comedy starring and co-written by Catherine Tate, commissioned directly by BBC One in the UK; "The Messenger", based on the best-selling novel by Markus Zusak, for Australia’s ABC; and "Prosper" for Australian streaming service Stan and Lionsgate. ITV Studios will handle the international distribution for all new Lingo Pictures series.

Helen and Jason added: “What a privilege it is to join the international powerhouse ITV Studios at a time when Australian stories are exploding around the world. We are so excited to be sitting alongside the other illustrious ITV Studios labels and can’t wait to get started!”

Lingo Pictures joins an array of leading scripted labels forming ITV Studios’ major international production and distribution group. Most recently drama creator Ben Stephenson was welcomed with his label, Poison Pen Studios, joining Nicola Shindler and Quay Street Productions, Dominic Treadwell Collins and Happy Prince; Patrick Spence and David P.Davis, whose label 5Acts sits within Spence’s studio; Arturo Diaz with Cattleya Producciones; Moritz Polter with Windlight Pictures; Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements with Tomorrow Studios and Tony To and Dan Sackheim with Bedrock Entertainment.