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ITV Studios International Production hours at an all-time high

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ITV Studios International Production hours at an all-time high

Five* of the top 10 most watched programmes in the UK in 2018 produced by labels which are part of ITV Studios as International Production continues to grow.

• Five of the top 10 best performing shows* in the UK, including Bodyguard, I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here and Vera, were created and produced by labels which are part of ITV Studios. 

• Globally produced original hours in 2018 continued to grow, hitting over 8,500 hours – a record high. 

• International production of Love Island tripled in 2018, with shows on air in the UK, Germany, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

• Multi-award wins including: Emmy award wins for Queer Eye; Primetime Emmy wins for The Voice; Golden Globe wins for Richard Madden as Best Actor, for Bodyguard and Patricia Clarkson, Best Supporting Actress for Sharp Objects.

• Highest number of new dramas due to be delivered in 2019 including World on Fire, Noughts and Crosses, Snowpiercer, Wild Bill, The Bay, Vernon Subutex and Zero, Zero, Zero and returning drama including Gomorrah, Suburra, Profilage and Line of Duty.

• More entertainment shows in new territories than ever before, Sunday Night Takeaway in Australia; more Love Island including a US launch; I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here in France; What Would Your Kid Do in Belgium and Hell’s Kitchen in Denmark.  

Five of the top 10 most watched programmes in 2018 in the UK* were created and produced by labels which are part of ITV Studios. The best performing shows are: 

• Bodyguard -  created and written by Jed Mercurio and made by World Productions for BBC One.

• I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - created and produced by ITV Studios Entertainment for ITV; 

• Coronation Street – produced by ITV Studios Continuing Drama for ITV; 

• Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – produced by ITV Studios Entertainment and Mitre Television for ITV.

• Vera – produced by SilverPrint Pictures for ITV.  (See attached table for further detail).

Format sales and distribution are also handled by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Internationally produced original hours across all genres -  Drama, Soaps, Entertainment, Factual & Factual Entertainment - also continued to grow and hit over 8,500 hours, an all-time high. 

Julian Bellamy, Managing Director ITV Studios, said:

“The success of ITV Studios, first and foremost, flows from its talent and its creativity. Great talent, developing and producing great shows in the right culture, is the first foundation stone on which everything else is built.

“We have all of these qualities and 2018 is a great example of that – Bodyguard, the highest rating drama in the UK, Love Island tripled the number of countries it is in in just one year and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, created by ITV Studios Entertainment, which became the most watched launch show of the year.  

“Our vision, as part of ITV’s More than TV strategy, is to be a world class creative force in global content production as the demand for quality programmes continues to grow. 

“We take a step closer to fulfilling this ambition as we head into 2019 with a catalogue of over 40,000 hours; the highest number of new dramas due to be delivered and more entertainment shows in new territories than ever before.” 

ITV Studios in 2018 can be seen here:

Further Detail:

Globally produced original hours continue to grow

ITV Studios now has production bases in 12 countries with more than 50 labels supplying over 200 channels and platforms. Demand for quality drama continues to grow and across the international group, through our European and US drama labels, new and returning original drama production is increasing. 

Highlights in 2018 included:

• Suburra, the second series is produced by Cattleya for Netflix and Rai Fiction. The Italian label is very much at the vanguard of the growth of Netflix’s push into non-English language drama.

• Victoria, the third season made by Mammoth Screen, in partnership with Masterpiece, is in production. Victoria is one of ITV’s most successful dramas. It has also been hugely popular in the US, with the second season reaching an average audience of 5.2m viewers on PBS.  The show has been sold to 189 countries worldwide. 

• Vera, garnered its highest ratings ever this year on ITV with 8.4m viewers and 30% share and on France3, was the highest performing show in peak time.

• Golden Globe winner Sharp Objects is created and produced by Blumhouse Television (launched in 2017 with investment from ITV Studios) and Entertainment One.

• Balthazar, produced by Beaubourg, part of Tetra Media Studio, for TF1 and is one of the most watched shows in France. 

Non-Scripted Global Production

ITV Studios continued to create and produce successful global returning non-scripted formats in 2018. Highlights include:

ITV America is now the largest independent producer of unscripted content in the US with over 600 original hours produced including the critically-acclaimed, three-time Emmy winning Queer Eye (season 3 to premiere in 2019); Fixer Upper; Pawn Stars; Alone; Marriage Boot Camp; The Four: Battle for Stardom; The Real Housewives of New Jersey; Hell’s Kitchen (the longest running cooking show in the US); and the upcoming American version of Love Island.

Created and produced by ITV Studios Entertainment, international production of Love Island tripled in 2018, with shows on air in the UK, Germany, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. More territories for 2019 will be announced shortly.

Created in the UK by ITV Studios Entertainment, I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here! has run for 18 seasons on ITV winning multiple awards. The 18th UK series saw an average audience of 11.8m with 45% share and was the most watched series ever. 

Produced in a further 10 territories, including the Germany, India and the Netherlands,  a new version has been commissioned by TF1 in France.  The show is the number one entertainment show in Germany and is on air for its 13th run and a fifth season launches on Network Ten in Australia in January 2019. All international editions are produced by ITV Studios’ labels. 

The global hit, The Voice, created by Talpa Media, is now shown on every continent in the world, a version of which currently airs in more than 180 territories. The Voice, on TF1 in France, is the number one franchise on air and for the first time in 2018, ITV Studios France, began producing the show. 

The Voice Senior - ranked number 1 in its time slot throughout its entire first season in the Netherlands. The format has already been sold to six territories, ranging from Germany to Thailand.  This brings The Voice franchise to a combined number of 110 formats and makes it the most successful format brand in the non-scripted global market place to date. 

60 seasons of Hell’s Kitchen have been commissioned across 21 countries. Saturday Night Takeaway, now into its 15th season in the UK, saw its best performing series ever in 2018 averaging 8.5million viewers and 38% share.  

The Chase,  first developed in 2009 for ITV, had its best ever year on ITV last year with an average of 3.3 million viewers and 27% share of viewing. The show has since been produced in 12 territories, of which six are produced locally by ITV Studios.  Come Dine with Me, now with 14,000 episodes globally, is produced across 43 territories. 

What Would Your Kid Do, created and distributed by Two Four, has been commissioned in eight territories including Belgium, Turkey, Hungary and Serbia and more than 200 million minutes-viewed of the show have been viewed on YouTube worldwide since its launch.

Soaps & Daytime

The big power brands in UK Soaps and Daytime continue to be made by ITV Studios. In 2018 ITV was the home of the two most watched soaps for the first time since records began, with Coronation Street and Emmerdale. ITV Studios in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow currently produced around 800 hours of award-winning TV programmes including the soaps, University Challenge and Countdown.  

Good Morning Britain and Lorraine recorded increased share performances in 2018. Good Morning Britain had its best ever year in 2018 with nine out of the ten best ever Good Morning Britain shares falling within the year. 

In 2018, the award-winning This Morning, celebrated thirty years on air and achieved its most watched episode ever, with its coverage of HRH Princess Eugenie’s Wedding which consolidated at 3.2million viewers/45% share of viewing.  

Many of the UK’s best known TV programmes are made by ITV Studios and its production companies based outside London. With 12 out of 24 labels already outside of London and nearly half of all staff based outside of London, ITV Studios continues to be perfectly positioned to fulfil the growing demand for regional production in 2019.  

Looking forward to 2019 ITV Studios will deliver its highest number of new dramas. This includes:

• From Mammoth Screen: World on Fire, written by Peter Bowker and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Hunt alongside Academy Award nominated Lesley Manville. 

• Noughts and Crosses, the much-anticipated adaptation of Malorie Blackman's award-winning books, both for BBC One.

• The War of the Worlds, a major adaptation by Peter Harness of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi title for BBC One, starring Rafe Spall and Eleanor Tomlinson. A co-production with Creasun Media in association with Red Square. The show  has already sold into 80 territories globally. 

• Tomorrow Studios & Studio T: Snowpiercer, starring Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly and Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs for TNT and Netflix.

• Tall Story Pictures:  The Bay, written by award winning writer and playwright Daragh Carville and The Man, written by Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster) for ITV.

• Italian label Cattleya: Zero, Zero, Zero, based on the book by Roberto Saviano,starring Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan, Harold Torres and Gabriel Bryne for Sky, Canal+ and Amazon. The fourth series of Gomorrah for Sky, also returns.

• World Productions: The return of Line of Duty, written and created by Jed Mercurio for BBC One, will follow a new case for AC-12 set nearly two years on from the hit crime drama's previous instalment.

• Shiver: Wild Bill, produced by 42, Shiver and Anonymous Content, introduces high-flying US cop Bill Hixon, played by Rob Lowe, who will shake up the East Lincolnshire force, for ITV.

• ITV Studios Australia: SeaChange, ITVS Australia’s first foray into drama and a revival of the hugely successful 80’s drama. 

• Tetra Media Fiction: Vernon Subutex for Canal+ starring Romain Duris, adapted from the very successful Virginie Despentes trilogy. Adaptation written and directed by Cathy Vernet.


Notes to Editors

*Source: BARB. Based on consolidated data (excludes online viewing). Programmes are highest occurring from the series and exclude Live events (World Cup and the Royal Wedding).