ITV Studios America and Kowalski strike first-look deal

The prodco headed by ex-Dragonfly producer Simon Howley will give UK-based ITV Studios' U.S. division a first peek at its upcoming projects.
January 29, 2012

ITV Studios America and Kowalski, a production company headed by ex-Dragonfly producer Simon Howley, have struck a deal to give the company first crack at its non-scripted projects in development.

Founded in 2009, Kowalski is developing projects for BBC, Five, Sky and C4 in the United Kingdom and Bravo, National Geographic, Spike, ESPN, Lifetime, CBS and A&E, among others, in the United States.

While at Dragonfly, Howley produced series such as Life or Death for Discovery Channel, Britain’s Close Encounters for Five and Pirate Gold for Nat Geo.

“Simon has a great track record of creating and producing programming embraced by both UK and U.S. broadcasters,” said Bruce Robertson, ITV Studios America’s SVP of creative strategy. “His success as a non-scripted producer will be invaluable to ITV Studios America’s development as we continue to expand our company.”

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