The company anticipated new dramas, fresh formats, and non-scripted content available for international buyers and described the following activities that will take place in its Fall Festival.
Ruth Berry, Maarten Meijs and Lisa Perrin
ITV Studios Fall Festival has just begun. The high executives of the English company have introduced a new attractive line up for the fall season that includes world-class dramas, fresh formats, and non-scripted content. "We are in the middle of an incredibly challenging time but our strategy as a studio group remains unchanged and in particular, we focus on strengthening our team base", said Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios.
In the drama division, ITV Studios launches the thriller "Vigil" produced by World Productions ("Line of Duty"). The series has been sold in Australia where BBC Studios Australia has acquired the territory premiere rights, and SBS is taking the free tv premiere window. "It's a huge drama," affirmed Ruth Berry, Managing Director of Global Distribution.
"The Pembrokeshire Murders" is another World Productions' drama presented by ITV Studios. The title has been picked up by Canal+ in Poland and licensed to the BBC for BBC Player in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. It is co-produced by Britbox and will exclusively premiere on the service in the US & Canada.
Both shows have been acquired by VRT in Belgium, NPO in the Netherlands, and across the Nordics in Denmark (DR), Finland (YLE), Norway (NRK), and Sweden (SVT).
Berry also commented on the return of the success police drama "Line of Duty" (season sixth) created by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions. The hit thriller is set a year and a half on from the events of series five and will feature a brand new case for AC-12, focused on enigmatic Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson (Kelly McDonald), a senior investigating officer on an unsolved murder, whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions.
Between the newest and "different" ITV titles is archaic Latin drama "Romulus" from Cattleya, the producers of "Gomorrah". The European drama reconstructs the epic tale of the founding of Rome and has been acquired by HBO Europe and SBS in Australia. "Romulus tells the story of the founding of Rome like done never before," said Berri.
The rest of the ITV drama projects for the fall period are: "Worzel Gummidge" drama, a modern adaptation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s glorious stories; and Stan Original Series "Bump" produced by Roadshow Rough Diamond.
In the non-scripted proposal, ITV Studios presented "Love Island US" that moves its scenario to Las Vegas, and another tittle focus on the US is the documentary "Trump's America" created by Deeyah Khan. The company has also presented "Attenborough's Journey", a film that presenting a remarkable portrait of the man behind the legend; and "Arctic Ice Railroad"; "Waterfront House Masters" and "Dancing on Thin Ice" with the Olimpic champions Torvill and Dean.
Maarten Meijs, President of Global Entertainment was in charge of presents the newest and best ITV formats for the next season. The first one was "Beat the Chasers". This newest addition to The Chase brand rounded up an incredible first season this spring in the UK, where it has already been recommissioned for a second season. It has also recently been acquired by Seven in Australia. The Finnish version is set to air in a primetime slot of MTV3 and to be produced by ITV Studios Finland.
ITV Studios is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of "The Voice" with 2 new commissions for "The Voice Senior" and the launch of a new spin-off "The Voice All Stars". "In 10 years’ time, 'The Voice' turned into a global franchise with 125 versions in more than 180 countries and bringing home some of the most prestigious awards such as 4 Emmy’s," explained Meijs.
The executive also mentioned the success of "Love Island", "one of the fastest-growing formats out there", said Meijs, and he added that it was commissioned in Spain and Nigeria; and he also commented on the dating format "Let Love Rule" who recently reaches its third country, as ITV2 in the UK has commissioned the show.
To concluded, the President of Global Entertainment mentioned "We Want More", a brand-new singing competition created by John de Mol, that rounded up a fantastic first season on SBS6 and has been renewed for a second season.
The ITV Studios Fall Festival will be held for three weeks and will include virtual content and production sessions for global buyers.