ITV Studios completed a raft of sales and pre-sales deals across its catalog of scripted and non-scripted content ahead of the Asia Television Forum. “We’re really excited to see this great selection of highly anticipated titles like 'Nolly,' 'Tell Me Everything,' and 'Litvinenko' premiere across the Asia Pacific as our scripted and non-scripted IP continues to be warmly received in the region,” Augustus Dulgaro, Executive Vice President - Distribution, Asia Pacific at ITV Studios, said.
"Nolly," the brand new three-part drama from BAFTA-winning writer Russell T Davies and produced by Nicola Shindler’s Quay Street Productions, has been acquired by Pumpkin Film in China, Now TV in Hong Kong and TVNZ in New Zealand, which has also licensed relationship drama You & Me and the highly anticipated provocative teen drama, Tell Me Everything which explores what it’s like to be coming of age in the 2020s.
In Japan, TFC/Star Channel has licensed World Productions’ international Emmy award-winning "Vigil," as has Cineplex in Thailand for TrueVisions, along with series three of Tall Story Pictures’ The Bay and award-winning comedy series Schitt's Creek. In India, the compelling four-part drama "Litvinenko," starring David Tennant in the title role, has been acquired by Viacom18, with TVOD rights going to BookMyShow Stream, from the house of BookMyShow which has also taken "Karen Pirie," "Our House," "Bancroft," "Pembrokeshire Murders," "A Confession," "Endeavour," "Grace," and "Murder in Provence." Other deals include series two of "The Tower" and series three of "Grace" on Now TV in Hong Kong and "The Walk-In" and "The Tower" series two airing on Pumpkin Film in China.
In New Zealand, TVNZ will air "The Walk-In," "The Dry," "Tom Jones," series two of "The Tower," and series four of "The Bay," while Sky New Zealand has licensed Bump series three. Rialto has acquired series four of "Brassic," with Acorn TV taking series six of "Shetland." 7plus has recently launched a new FAST channel in Australia showing non-stop episodes of "River Monsters," a wildlife documentary following biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade on his search for freshwater fish with a taste for human flesh, while ITV Choice, which showcases the best of ITV Studios’ entertainment and nonscripted library, including "Hell’s Kitchen," "Four Weddings," and "Come Dine With Me," will launch on Samsung TV Plus in December.
Viaplay Group has acquired "Hunters" seasons 1 & 2 and "Jordskott" 1 & 2 for Viaplay Select on SBS On Demand in Australia. SBS On Demand has also acquired "The Dry" and "The Hunt for Raoul Moat," which has pre-sold to BritBox Australia. A number of titles from ITV Studios' carefully curated natural history slate have also been acquired, including the landmark wildlife series "A Year On Planet Earth" by Now TV in Hong Kong and PTS in Taiwan, "Mother Nature" by KBS in Korea, "The Wild Landscapes of China" and Attenborough’s Global Adventure" on Mediacorp in Singapore, with Cineplex in Thailand, also taking the latter.
The brand new three-part series following Alan Carr’s journey to discover more about his favorite childhood author, "Alan Carr's Adventures with Agatha Christie," has been acquired in three territories, including New Zealand (TVNZ), Australia (Seven), and Taiwan (PTS). In New Zealand, TVNZ has acquired "HMP: Behind Bars" and "The Murder of Logan Mwangi." "The Prince's Master Crafters" has been picked up by Sky New Zealand.
In India, the eighth UK series of the record-breaking and award-winning "Love Island" has been acquired on Lionsgate Play, with series four of both Love Island Australia and Love Island US being acquired by Netflix in the Pan Asian region and Viacom18 in the Indian subcontinent. "Hell’s Kitchen USA" series 21 will be streaming on Netflix, and series 30 of "The Graham Norton Show" has been acquired by Warner Bros. Discovery in New Zealand and Lionsgate Play and Viacom18 in the Indian subcontinent.
In Australia, the latest series of five-time Emmy-nominated Hell's Kitchen, as well as "Ready to Mingle," have been acquired by Foxtel, with "Million Pound Pawn" landing on Seven. Elsewhere, an output deal across ITV Studios’ scripted and non-scripted programming, such as "The Bay," "Grace," "The Tower," "The Museum," "Bump," and "Great Barrier Reef: Next Generation" has been renewed by Korea Telecom for the eighth year in a row.