11 FEB 2020

ITV STUDIOS SEALS NEW SALES AND UNVEILS NEWS DRAMAS AT THE LONDON DRAMA FESTIVAL

On the eve of its third annual London Drama Festival, ITV Studios announces new sales of its enviable portfolio and a new slate for 2020 to be presented to global buyers.

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Mammoth Screen’s major three-part television adaptation of H.G. Wells’ seminal tale - the first alien invasion story in literature –‘The War of the Worlds’– has been acquired in the US by the AMC upgrade subscription service AMC Premiere, taking the total number of territories it is available in to 221.

The hotly-anticipated “Noughts + Crosses”, also from Mammoth Screen and based on the award-winning young adult novel series by Malorie Blackman, has sold to HBO Europe and BBC First Australia.

Mammoth Screen’s epic World War Two drama “World on Fire”, now available in 144 territories, has sold to BBC First and BBC Player Asia along with Mainstreet Pictures’ character-driven relationship thriller starring Emmy winner Julia Ormond, “Gold Digger”.

Both titles make their way into Latin America with a pan regional Satellite TV service, DIRECTV, which acquires ITV Studios Factual Drama and Urban Myth Film’s “A Confession” written by the Oscar-nominated Jeff Pope in addition.

“A Confession” will also be available on Magenta TV (Deutsche Telecom) Germany, Telefonica Spain, SVT Sweden, Cineplex Thailand, Channel Zero Canada, Britbox Canada, YES Israel, Viacom Russia, Okko Russia and BBC in New Zealand, which has also picked up “Stick and Stones”.

TVNZ has picked up Genial Productions’ new comedy drama starring Dawn French, “The Trouble With Maggie Cole” (former w/t Glass Houses), which delves into what happens when idle gossip escalates, and Silverprint Pictures’ family drama meets contemporary thriller, “Flesh and Blood”. “Flesh and Blood” has also been acquired by Network Seven in Australia, KT Corp in Korea, Virgin Media Eire and RTV Slovenia.

Additionally, all six seasons of the Emmy -nominated “Schitt's Creek” have sold in a pan regional deal to ViacomCBS Networks Americas.

The success of these now world-renowned titles is set to be replicated in 2020 with a stunning new slate of premium titles launching internationally today: fuelled thriller "Vigil" (6 x 60’, w/t); "The Singapore Grip" (6 x 60), from Mammoth Screen adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton from J.G. Farrell’s classic novel; inspired by the short stories created by Anaïs Nin, "Little Birds" (6 x 60’), from Warp Films and directed by Stacie Passon; and "Cattleya and Groenlandia’s Romulus" (10 x 60’) is an ambitious drama that reconstructs the epic tale of Rome, as never told before.

ITV Studios also proudly unveils a new slate of crime titles, including the true crime dramas "Honour" and "Pembrokshire Murders", English crime procedural "Grace" as well as the European titles "Voiceless" and "Thin Blue Line".

Featuring contemporary crime stories told with warmth and humour, Mammoth Screen’s "McDonald & Dodds" (2 x 120’) follows the investigations of a mismatched detective duo in one of Britain’s most traditional cities, Bath.