Paul Buccieri, who last year took the role of president and CEO of ITV Studios U.S. Group, will now officially serve as chairman of the division as well as ITV Studios’ Global Entertainment distribution business, while Global Entertainment MD Maria Kyriacou will now also head production outside of the U.S. and UK.
The company says that Buccieri will focus on “leading and integrating” the six prodcos under the U.S. group umbrella – the recently-acquired Leftfield Entertainment, High Noon Entertainment, Gurney Productions, Thinkfactory Media, DiGa Vision and ITV Studios America – while also chairing its international television distribution and consumer products division.
Meanwhile, Global Entertainment MD Maria Kyriacou will take on responsibility for production operations outside of the U.S. and UK. She will report to ITV Studios MD Kevin Lygo for the new production brief, and Buccieri for Global Entertainment.
“Under Paul’s leadership, the U.S. Group has grown dramatically with the acquisition and operation of our fantastic production companies in the U.S.,” said Lygo in a statement. “Our strategy is to further develop and grow the American operation both in reality and scripted, which is key to the success of our global content business, and I’m therefore delighted that Paul has stepped up to concentrate on leading the newly enlarged Group, both creatively and strategically, into an exciting new phase.
“Our production bases in Australia, France, Germany and the Nordics are also hugely important as we continue to develop a strong content pipeline in the key creative markets,” he added. “Maria will provide excellent leadership and support to these teams which complements her existing role running our increasingly important Global Entertainment arm, one of the top three European distributors of television content.”