ITV Studios is due to undergo another round of restructuring that will see the creation of four content groups – factual, entertainment, daytime and scripted – and the loss of up to 15 jobs. What was previously called the Factual Entertainment and Entertainment division will be united under the Entertainment content banner. Each content group will be headed up by its own creative director, with each CD reporting to ITV Studios CD John Whiston.
The Guardian reports that under the new regime, producers and accountants will no longer be tied to one genre or region, in order to make for a more ‘flexible’ team. A new director of production, Clare Poyser, is being appointed. As well, mirroring a rise in international sales, a production executive position for the international formats division will also be created.
The job cuts will impact less than 1% of ITV Studios’ total workforce of 2,200. In addressing ITV Studios staff yesterday with the news, MD Lee Bartlett said, ‘A year ago I outlined my vision for ITV Studios, which is to create a world-class content business that thinks and acts globally and one that achieves global fame for our ideas and our people… As part of this journey we must evolve the way we manage our business and today’s proposals will simplify our creative structure and create a truly flexible production management team, so we continue to deliver first-rate programming for our UK and global clients.’