ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has licensed over 1000 hours of its quality drama and entertainment programming to Japan’s leading broadcasters and digital platforms, and has also appointed Carla Ferry as Senior Sales Manager for the Pacific Rim region.
ITVS GE has licensed close to 700 hours of premium drama for ITV Collection, the ITV-branded programming block that launched last year on satellite broadcaster IMAGICA TV’s IMAGICA BS channel. The new content includes the first series of Poldark, Arthur & George,Mr Selfridge series two, Endeavour series one and The Doctor Blake Mysteries series one. Series premieres on ITV Collection are surpassing the slot average and channel average and sometimes almost equal to the primetime average of the channel.
AXN Mystery has licensed ITVS GE’s popular crime franchises for its pay TV channel and SVOD service, including all eight series ofLewis, Vera series four and the first series of Shetland. Meanwhile, Hulu has taken the rights to acclaimed drama Rectify on a life of series basis and Tohokushinsha has acquired a 30-hour package of new drama and entertainment content, including hit US drama Aquariusstarring David Duchovny and Thunderbirds documentary Filmed In Supermarionation. In home entertainment, Talkie Magic has acquired the rights to the whole run of Inspector Morse, while Fieldworks has taken titles including The Prisoner.
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