CEO Carolyn McCall
unveiled her strategy refresh late last year, content was one of three key pillars. That put ITV Studios
firmly in the spotlight, and its boss, Julian Bellamy
, is the exec tasked with delivering growth across the production business.
International expansion is in the cards, but on the home front, ITV Studios is coming off a banner year. As Bellamy speaks to Variety
at ITV’s new digs in London’s Holborn district, where the company moved after vacating its previous home on the banks of the Thames, ratings figures have just landed.
Five shows made by production companies that are part of the ITV Studios stable – “Bodyguard
,” “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,” “Vera
,” “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” and long-running soap “Coronation Street
” – were among the top 10 most-watched shows in the U.K. in 2018.
The list doesn’t include sun-and-fun reality program “Love Island