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Ahead of its first ever Tokyo Festival, and showing exactly just how much it is expanding on a global scale, ITV Studios has announced a host of scripted content sales in Japan.
Balthazar ITV Studios 18Mar2020
The revenue engine for the UK’s commercial broadcaster has inked deals with a number of channels and platforms for a wide range of programming, from contemporary titles such as Gold Digger, A Confession and French crime procedural drama Balthazar (pictured) , to classic shows including Inspector Morse and Sherlock Holmes.

U-NEXT has acquired series two of Balthazar from Beaubourg Stories, with AXN Mystery also picking the first series up on second run. Also included in AXN Mystery’s deal is Mainstreet Pictures’ relationship thriller Gold Digger, as well as Silverprint Pictures’ multi-award winning crime dramas Vera (series nine) and Shetland. (series 4). AXN Mystery also renewed its package deal with ITV Studios, with programming including series 1-7 of Inspector Morse, series 1-3 of Lewis and Sherlock Holmes.

A deal with WOWOW PLUS has been secured for A Confession, written by Oscar-nominated Jeff Pope and produced by ITV Studios Factual Drama and Urban Myth Films, series two of Tall Story Pictures’ contemporary thriller Bancroft and series 5 of Mammoth Screen’s award-winning Poldark, while Channel Ginga has secured Monumental Pictures period drama Harlots, set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, on second run.

Series six of Mammoth’s long-running crime drama Endeavour has been purchased by was acquired by  WOWOW for its SVOD service,  while NHK Enterprises also picked up series four of the show and re-licensed series three, as well as relicensing the first two series of Inspector Morse.

Commenting on the deals, Augustus Dulgaro, executive vice president, Asia Pacific sales and distribution at ITV Studios, said: “Our scripted catalogue has long been enjoyed by Japanese audiences. From our fast-growing selection of European drama productions … to our continual pipeline of new contemporary thrillers, long-running favourites … to the classic shows, viewers in Japan continue to be entertained by our hugely exciting content.”