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The production division of ITV has long now been one of the key engines for the UK’s leading commercial broadcaster and the company has now released performance stats showing exactly why this is the case.

ITVloveisland 26july2017The company has revealed that as globally produced original hours in 2018 continued to grow, hitting a record high of over 8,500 hours, five of the top ten most watched programmes in the UK in 2018 were produced by labels which are part of ITV Studios. Similarly, according to BARB, five of the top ten best performing shows in the UK —including smash drama hit Bodyguard as well as I’m A Celebrity....Get Me Out of Here and Vera — were created and produced by labels which are part of ITV Studios.

Bodyguard was created and written by Jed Mercurio and made by World Productions for BBC One; I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here was 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.

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.

ITV’s International production of popular reality show Love Island tripled in 2018, with shows on air in the UK, Germany, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Looking forward, ITV says that it is on course for the 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.

“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,” said ITV Studios managing director Julian Bellamy.

“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: