London TV Screenings 2024: ITV Studios secures cluster of drama sales and reveals a new scripted slate

The company announced sales for its productions across Europe, APAC and the U.S., and announced the upcoming show premieres for this year

19 FEB 2024

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ITV Studios confirmed sales of its scripted titles as well as its upcoming slate of drama due to be presented to global buyers at the ITV Studios Festivals, taking place on February 28 at ODEON Luxe Leicester Square, part of the fourth annual London TV Screenings. "After The Flood," produced by Quay Street Productions for ITV and Britbox International, was sold to Pumpkin Film in China, Now TV in Hong Kong, Cosmote in Greece, Yes TV in Israel, and France Télévisions. The drama "Until I Kill You," produced by World Productions for ITV, has been sold to ABC in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand, Pumpkin Films in China, and Now TV in Hong Kong. In Europe, BritBox Nordics, NPO Netherlands, and Cosmote Greece have licensed the four-part series, and Yes TV acquired the series' rights in Israel.

Rights to the Covid-19 pandemic drama "Breathtaking," produced by Hat Trick Mercurio Productions for ITV, have been snapped up by TVNZ in New Zealand and Europe, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway and DR in Denmark, as well as LTV in Latvia. Other deals in Europe include the Cary Grant biopic, "Archie," produced by Etta Pictures for ITV and BritBox, which will air on OCS in France, and Epic Drama available across Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to this, the anthology drama "Erotic Stories," produced by Lingo Pictures for SBS Australia, has been licensed to Now TV in Hong Kong and the Rialto Channel in New Zealand. Also in the region, "Spies of Terror," from the producers of "Paris Police 1900" (Tetra Media for M6), was sold to Now TV in Hong Kong, SBS in Australia, and TVNZ in New Zealand.

ITV Studios had previously announced that Fox Corporation's ad-supported video-on-demand service, Tubi, will exclusively launch the thriller "Dead Hot" in the U.S. and Canada. The six-part series was created and written by Charlotte Coben ("The Stranger," "Stay Close," "Shelter," "Fool Me Once") and executive produced by Nicola Shindler (It's A Sin, Nolly, Happy Valley, Stay Close, Fool Me Once) has also been sold to Now TV in Hong Kong and TVNZ in New Zealand.

Ruth Berry, Managing Director, Global Partnerships, ITV Studios, said, "It's brilliant to see the irreverent, pacy thriller 'Dead Hot,' moving across the Atlantic to entertain Tubi's growing AVOD audience and to see thrillers like 'After The Flood' finding a streaming home in China. There's an incredible breath to our slate now, which is reflected in these sales as well as the upcoming titles for our Drama Festival, and we can't wait to unveil them to our buyers in the coming weeks."

Looking forward to 2024, ITV Studios revealed a series of productions to be premiered during this year. Among the slate of drama titles, some of the upcoming productions include the four-part series "A Cruel Love: The Ruth Ellis Story," produced by Silverprint Pictures for ITV, the mystery thriller "The Gathering," produced by World Productions ("Line of Duty," "The Pembrokeshire Murders," "Karen Pirie") for Channel 4, and "The Way," produced by REDSEAM in association with Little Door Productions for The BBC.

What is more, among the headlining shows is the brand-new TV adaptation of Peter Høeg's 1993 novel "Smilla's Sense of Snow," produced by Constantin Films for Viaplay; character-based crime/mystery series "Murder In A Small Town," produced by Future Shack Entertainment and Sepia Films for FOX; the new serial killer series set in Bristol, "The Crow Girl," produced by Buccaneer Media for Paramount+; the character-driven mystery thriller "The Red King," produced by Quay St Productions for UKTV; "Crisis," produced by Boom Cymru Group for S4C; and "Four Years Later," produced by Easy Tiger Productions for SBS. Also, the scripted slate includes the new eight-part narrative comedy-drama series "Austin," produced by Northern Pictures for ABC; the upcoming episodic detective mystery "Ludwig," produced by Big Talk Productions for BBC One; and the brand new police-training sitcom "Piglets," produced by Monicker Pictures for ITV.