|Founded||1954(as Granada Productions)|
|Headquarters||MediaCityUK, Greater Manchester
The London Studios, London
|Area served||United Kingdom|
|Key people||Kevin Lygo
(Manchester ITV Studios)
(London ITV Studios)
(Director of International Formats)
|Owner(s)||Granada Limited (1954-2004), ITV plc (2004-)|
ITV Studios (formerly ITV Productions and previously Granada Productions) is a television production company owned by the British television broadcaster ITV plc. It is primarily based in Manchester and London.
The company's history can be traced back to Granada Productions, which was founded in 1954 as Granada Television's in-house production arm, and Central Television Enterprises, Central Independent Television's international sales operations founded in 1987.1 Granada Productions and Carlton International (rebranded name for CTE) were merged in 2009 to form ITV Studios, however, some of ITV Studios' subsidiaries, such as ITV Studios Australia, still carried the Granada name until 2013.
It not only makes programmes primarily for its parent company, but also for other networks such as the BBC and Channel 4. It was formed from a gradual amalgamation of the production divisions of all ITV-plc owned Channel 3 licensees which occurred from 1994 to 2004 and for a number of years thereafter following the creation of ITV plc.
The division is also responsible for ITV's production facilities The London Studios, 3SixtyMedia (based at ITV Granada and co-owned with BBC Studios and Post Production) and location hire company ProVision (based at ITV Yorkshire, with sales offices at ITV Granada and The London Studios). ITV Studios Global Entertainment (formerly Granada International and Granada Ventures) is responsible for sales of finished programmes, formats and commercial licensing deals.
Programmes on non-ITV channels (except S4C, which uses the name ITV Cymru as these programmes are actually made by ITV Wales) retained the Granada brand (examples are Channel 4's Countdown and The Royle Family for the BBC) until 2009. Many of the Programmes shown on ITV show the endboard featuring the ITV Studios logo after the credits as of 2009.
ITV Studios is a major commercial TV producer in the UK, creating over 3,500 hours of original programming each year across all genres except news. Programmes including Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Marple and Agatha Christie's Poirot, Brainiac: Science Abuse, University Challenge, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, Parkinson, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Tonight, The Jeremy Kyle Show and This Morning.
ITV Studios also produces programmes for numerous UK broadcasters outside ITV, including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and BSkyB. It is based in London and Manchester, with the centre in Leeds now only home to Emmerdale and Shiver Productions (formerly YTV's and Granada Productions' features department). The production centres in Bristol and Norwich closed in 2006 and 2012 respectively. ITV Studios also own So Television after acquiring Graham Norton's production company in 2012.2 On 22 April 2013, ITV announced they had acquired production company The Garden for £18 million. The company is best known for producing Channel 4 series 24 Hours in A&E.3 In 2013, ITV launched a new production company named Potato.4
Since 14 January 2013, the ITV logo has been added to the opening credits of the majority of ITV Studios-produced shows airing on ITV's channels, similar to the BBC.
In 2004, a duopoly had formed, and Granada owned six franchises whilst Carlton Communications owned five. Granada bought a 64% controlling stake and took over Carlton in 2004 with the amalgamation of ITV. Consequently, programmes produced by all division were referred to as "A Granada Manchester Production", "A Granada London Production" etc. at the end of credits. ITV Studios comprises the following network production divisions from its predecessor companies.
- ITV Anglia
- ITV Central
- ITV Granada
- ITV Wales & West (formerly HTV) - including its former subsidiary, Harvest Entertainment.
- ITV London (Carlton Television and London Weekend Television)
- ITV Meridian
- ITV Tyne Tees
- ITV Yorkshire
- ITV Breakfast (formerly GMTV)
Co-based in Sherman Oaks, California and New York City, ITV Studios America produces programming primarily for US networks, such as: Fox's Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Sit Down, Shut Up, and Nanny 911; NBC's Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, the American version of their crime drama Prime Suspect, and Little Friends; CBS' Eleventh Hour; VH1's But Can They Sing? and Celebrity Fit Club; A&E's Airline, The First 48 and House of Dreams; and MTV's Room Raiders.
Television movies from Granada and ITV Studios America include: Molly Shannon in 12 Days of Christmas Eve; Jason Priestley in Reality of Love; Farrah Fawcett in Hollywood Lives, based on Jackie Collins’ best selling novel; Anne Heche in Dead Will Tell; Melanie Griffith in Lethal Seduction; Jon Voight and Cary Elwes in Pope John Paul II (2005) Aidan Quinn and Mary-Louise Parker in Unexpected Journey; and Susan Sarandon in Icebound.
Until recentlywhen? the Chief Executive Officer of ITV Studios was David Gyngell, son of the late Bruce Gyngell, the former managing director of former ITV breakfast franchisee TV-am and Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television.
The company was formerly Granada America but was re-branded in May 2009.5
Established in 1998, ITV Studios Australia produces over 120 hours of television every year, such as Seven's Dancing with the Stars (2004–present); W's Mars Venus; Nine's Merrick and Rosso Unplanned (2003), World Comedy Unplugged and Celebrity Super Powers; FOX8's Australia's Next Top Model; Ten's Australian Princess (2005); Lifestyle Channel's Come Dine With Me and Ten's Young Talent Time (2012). ITV Studios Australia was known as Granada Australia until January 2013.
The company was originally founded as Artist Services, a company formed by a group of investors including Steve Vizard, producing many shows such as Fast Forward, Full Frontal and SeaChange. Granada purchased the company in the late 1990s.
ITV Studios Germany programmes include Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! (the local version of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!), Star Duell and Deutschlands Beste Doppelgänger (Stars And Their Doubles) for RTL; and East-West German comedy Ei Verbibbsch for Sat.1. ITV Studios Germany was previously known as Granada Germany.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment is the worldwide distributor of programming produced by Granada / ITV's production teams, as well as independent producers.
Programmes include films like Brief Encounter, and the Carry On... films. Also a part of this collection is the ITC Entertainment feature film library, including The Eagle Has Landed, The Return of the Pink Panther, and On Golden Pond.
The television library features programming by most of the major ITV companies (except Thames Television, which belongs to RTL Group) including titles such as Prime Suspect, Doctor Zhivago (2002 miniseries), The Forsyte Saga (2002), Inspector Morse and Agatha Christie's Poirot, plus children’s shows, TV movies (e.g. 2005's Pope John Paul II), wildlife documentaries and other factual programming.
Independent productions distributed by ITV include programming produced by Wall to Wall (Ancient Egyptians, The Story Of Us), Darlow Smithson Productions (Seconds From Disaster), Wark Clements (A Mother's Journey), Aardman Animations (Creature Comforts), Ragdoll Productions (Rosie and Jim, Tots TV), Optimum Television (Old Bear Stories), Honeycomb Animation (Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids), Chorion (Agatha Christie's Marple and Poirot), Carnival Films (Rosemary & Thyme) and Red Productions (Bob and Rose, Second Coming).
The company also incorporates ITV Studios Home Entertainment, and a publishing and consumer licensing division, responsible for merchandising rights of ITV Productions and third-party programmes (including CBeebies' Numberjacks & Tweenies). Both have recently been merged in a restructuring of ITV's international arm, which saw the new entity firstly named ITV Worldwide and now ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
- "ITV buys Graham Norton's So Television in £17m deal". Digital Spy. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "ITV buys The Garden, producers of '24 Hours in A&E', 'The Audience'". Digital Spy. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- "ITVS creates new label for The Chase exec". Broadcast. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
- Schneider, Michael (27 May 2009). "Granada America gets ITV rebrand". Variety. Retrieved 21 July 2011.