ITV Studios launches 80% more documentaries at MIPTV 2010


MUMBAI: ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s acquisitions and co-production division has increased its MIPTV 2010 Documentary portfolio by more than 80% year-on-year following global demand.

At MIPTV 2010, the TV, VOD and home entertainment distributor will showcase more than 100 hours of all-new documentary programming. The new documentary programming has been produced by ITV Studios and a global network of celebrated independent documentary makers, including Raw TV, Cream, PTV, Darlow Smithson and Zig Zag Productions. Further acquisitions include hugely popular programming from TLC in the USA.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment acquisitions manager Gary McDonagh said, "Our increased documentary slate is the results of a surge in demand from our global buyers. In 2009 we launched documentaries such as Living with Michael Jackson, Human Power Station and Built from Disaster, which have all been acquired by major broadcasters around the world."

He added, "It is a testament to the talented and innovative documentary producers we’re working with for creating compelling content which connects with all types of audiences. We are actively in the market for co-financing and acquiring further high-quality documentaries that can play to primetime audiences, and I look forward to announcing new deals this spring."

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will premiere at MIPTV all new documentary programming Police Women, commissioned by TLC in the USA, and Breakout, produced by Raw TV and Cream.

Additionally, ITV Studios confirmed the launch of new seasons of US series The Truth Behind, produced by Zig Zag Productions and I Shouldn’t Be Alive, which is produced by BAFTA Award winning independent Darlow Smithson Productions and originally commissioned by Discovery Channel.