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ITV Studios Global Entertainment announces raft of scripted sales for new and returning dramas

(Pictured: Noughts and Crosses)

ITV Studios Global Entertainment announces raft of scripted sales for new and returning dramas

MIPCOM, Cannes, 14 October, 2019 – ITV Studios Global Entertainment has today announced a wide range of deals across its diverse and exciting scripted catalogue, including pre-sales for its leading launch title at Mipcom, Noughts and Crosses and a number of new sales for epic World War Two drama World On Fire, which has already sold in over 80 territories.

Based on Malorie Blackman’s novel of the same name, Noughts and Crosses, is a gripping story of love set in a dangerous, alternate world where racism divides society. Produced by Mammoth Screen, it has been acquired by M-Net in Africa, Russia’s More TV, TVNZ in New Zealand and on BBC First across Benelux prior to its launch on BBC One in the UK next year.

New acquisitions of Mammoth’s World On Fire, which is co-produced with Masterpiece and successfully launched on BBC One in the UK last month with a consolidated audience of over six million, include in China on Huanxi Premium, RTL in Germany, Telefonica in Spain and BBC First across Australia and Benelux, as well as Roadshow in Australia and in Korea on Channel A for linear and KT Corp for SVOD.

Elsewhere, factual drama A Confession, written by the Oscar-nominated Jeff Pope and starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton, has been sold to Seven in Australia, BBC First in Asia, M-Net in Africa, NPO in the Netherlands, VRT Belgium and in the Nordics on Norway’s NRK, DR in Denmark and YLE in Finland.

Mainstreet Pictures’ character-driven relationship thriller, Gold Digger, has been acquired across Benelux by BBC First, as well as by Seven and TVNZ - both of which have also picked up  Wild Bill, starring internationally renowned actor, Rob Lowe. Produced by 42, Anonymous Content and MultiStory Media, the six-part drama has also been acquired by M-Net, YLE in Finland and BBC First in Asia.

Further sales for Mammoth’s The War of the Worlds have been secured on NTT Plala in Japan and in Korea on Channel A and KT Corp.

Meanwhile series three of Monumental Pictures’ Harlots has been acquired by SBS and SBS On Demand in Australia, Lightbox in New Zealand and U-NEXT in Japan, and Schitt’s Creek has been picked up by Viacom 18 in India, Fox Asia and ABC Comedy in Australia.

Ruth Berry, Managing Director of ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said:

“From Noughts & Crosses and The War of the Worlds, to World On Fire and A Confession, these shows are among some of the most anticipated and some of the most popular shows of the year. Indeed, I believe Noughts & Crosses is a brand-defining piece of television and I’m delighted that broadcasters across the world are already coming on board.” 

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About ITV Studios Global Entertainment 

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is the world-leading multi-genre, multi-disciplinary, multi-platform distribution arm of ITV Studios. It distributes programming which is ‘More Than TV’; programming that truly moves people, grips the nation, starts conversations, entertains millions and shapes culture.

ITVS GE represents in excess of 45,000 hours of brand-defining content from the 55+ award-winning production labels in the ITV family which produce 8,900 hours of programming per year, as well as selected programming from leading producers from around the world. Through its global network which includes offices in London, Hong Kong, Paris, Germany, the Nordics, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Sydney, it distributes critically acclaimed and universally adored titles such as Bodyguard; Victoria; Poldark; Good Witch; Vera; 63 Up; 24 Hours in Police Custody; The Graham Norton Show and Magical Land of Oz internationally; as well the highly anticipated Snowpiercer, World on Fire and Gold Digger, supplying more than 3000 broadcasters and platforms worldwide.

ITV Studios is part of the ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster.