ITV1 commissions three ITV Studios formats

The game show High Stakes, produced by ITV Studios America, is the first to be made for the UK broadcaster by its American production arm.
May 12, 2011

British broadcaster ITV1 has commissioned three new entertainment formats from ITV Studios, including, for the first time, a series from the company’s American production arm.

High Stakes (7 x 60 minutes) is a studio-based game show produced by ITV Studios America. “Piloting High Stakes has allowed us to use ITV Studios’ international infrastructure to great effect by piloting this new format for both a UK and US network simultaneously,” said ITV Studios America CEO Paul Buccieri. “We’re delighted that the international potential of this show was recognised so early in its development.”

The other formats include Born to Shine, which teams ITV Studios with the charity Save the Children for a series that features talented kids teaching celebrity guests new skills, and Holding Out for a Hero, in which contestants play for a large sum of money that they will then offer to their chosen “hero” and his or her cause. Holding Out for a Hero is produced by 12 Yard Productions, an ITV Studios subsidiary.

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