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ITV Studios acquires hit entertainment creators Armoza Formats

Published: Wed 31 Jul 2019

ITV Studios acquires hit entertainment creators Armoza Formats
 
31 July 2019 – ITV Studios’ stable of global hit entertainment formats grows as the renowned Israeli format creator and distributor, Armoza Formats, joins the group.
 
Founded by Avi Armoza, one of Israel’s leading television developers and distributors, Armoza’s catalogue numbers over 100 formats. This includes the prime time singing show The Four, commissioned in over 15 territories and game show Still Standing, Israel’s most successful international non-scripted format with over 6,000 episodes globally, as well as prime time studio entertainment show I Can Do That! aired in over 25 countries.
 
The deal will see Armoza Formats become part of the Global Creative Network, headed up by Mike Beale, for ITV Studios. The team, based in Tel Aviv, will continue to develop and source new formats and also work with producers within the ITV Studios group on their projects in development. ITV Studios labels will exclusively produce all newly-developed Armoza formats in territories within which it has a presence.
 
Maria Kyriacou, President, ITV Studios International, said:
 
“Armoza Formats has rapidly grown to be one of the top independent creators and distributors of global entertainment hits. This is a unique opportunity to work with Avi and his team and combine his expertise with ITV’s presence and reach to undoubtedly create many more hits of the future.”
 
Avi Armoza added:
 
“Armoza always strives to be at the forefront of creativity and stay ahead of the challenges in our industry, and we are therefore thrilled to be joining ITV Studios. We both share the same values and passion for success through creativity and strongly believe that ITV Studios are the perfect partner for the next stage of the company’s evolution.” 
 
Armoza’s catalogue is a mixture of in-house developed and third-party formats, including prime time dance competition Dance Revolution, now in production for a second season on TVA after a top-rated first season and multi award-winning and critically-acclaimed scripted drama Hostages. Armoza’s partners include Fox, NBC USA, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, TVA Canada, TF1 France, RTL Germany, HBO, TV2 Norway, Rai Italy, Globo Brazil, Azteca Mexico and Zee TV India.
 
The Armoza catalogue joins ITV Studios’ growing slate of international hit formats. This includes Love Island, now commissioned in 13 territories around the world; Talpa’s The Voice, now shown on every continent in the world, a version of which currently airs in more than 180 territories; and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, which has been produced in 12 territories. The 18th series in the UK last year was the most watched series ever, while it is the number one entertainment show in Germany, has been commissioned for a sixth series in Australia and recently returned in France.
 
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