ITV Studios, the production arm of UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, has appointed Mike Beale (pictured) for the newly created role of director of international formats.
Beale was most recently VP of international television production at NBCUniversal (NBCU), and in his new role will be responsible for developing a strategy to support ITV Studios’ growth through format exploitation.
He will work closely with ITV Studios’ international production companies and with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) – the firm’s international distribution business – to oversee the international management of both ITV Studios originated and acquired formats.
ITVS GE will continue to license formats in territories where the business does not have a production presence, led by director of global television distribution Tobias de Graaff.
ITV Studios MD Kevin Lygo said: “We’ve already produced several pilots this year and with many more in the pipeline there’s a clear need for a dedicated international formats expert to ensure we exploit promising new ideas to their full potential.”
Prior to joining NBCU, Beale was MD of Alchemy Reality. In 2001, he co-founded wholly owned ITV Studios’ production company 12 Yard Productions with former MD David Young.