ITV PRODUCTIONS AND UNIVERSAL MUSIC SIGN MAJOR CO-PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT DEAL
London, UK – March 5, 2007 – ITV Productions’ Entertainment division has joined forces with Globe, Universal Music’s TV production arm, in a major international co-venture.
The two media giants will link together to combine talent, both on and off-screen, as well as to produce programming formats for all broadcasters both in the UK and internationally. Development is already underway on a range of music-led programming formats together with high profile one-off events and series.
Globe, set up in June 2006 to focus on creating new television formats and TV platforms for Universal Music’s artists, has already enjoyed a number of commissions for both BBC2 and Channel 4.
The deal follows a number of successful collaborations between ITV Productions, Europe’s largest commercial entertainment producer, and Universal Music, the UK’s leading record company. These include Popstars, which produced Hearsay and Girls Aloud, and, most recently An Audience with….. Take That Live! the first ever live episode of the popular ITV1 strand which helped the channel to one of its best Saturday night performances of 2006 in the UK.
The deal will be jointly overseen by ITV Productions’ Talent Executive Mark Wagman and Globe General Manager Iain Funnell, reporting to ITV Productions’ Controller of Entertainment Mark Wells and President of Universal Music Operations, David Joseph.
Mark Wells, Controller of Entertainment, ITV productions:
“This is a compelling deal. Combining the creative brainpower of Globe and ITV productions, along with Universal’s artist relationships and our recognised production expertise, gives us both a real opportunity to create some standout programming. We’re already brimming with ideas ready to pitch”
David Joseph, President Universal Music Operations:
“We have been collaborating successfully with ITV Productions for many years, but this deal takes our relationship to the next level, one which will allow us to stretch the boundaries of what people expect from music programming. We have some truly innovative programming in the pipeline.”