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ITV takes “Little Big Shots” for UK

Warner Bros. International Television Production has also secured a deal with Mediaset for the new American unscripted hit, which will see a local version air in Spain.
April 4, 2016

NBC’s latest unscripted hit, Little Big Shots, is going global with two format deals announced at MIPTV.

Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP), which handles local production and format rights for the feel-good series, has made deals with ITV for a UK version, and Mediaset for a version to air in Spain.

Wall to Wall, owned by Warner Bros. Television Production UK, will produce the ITV series, with CEO Leanne Klein and head of entertainment Andy Rowe overseeing the project. In Spain, WBITVP will produce the series.

Little Big Shots is that rare show that has become an instantaneous hit and a true phenomenon in the U.S,” said Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television, in a statement. “I am incredibly excited that ITV has commissioned the show in the United Kingdom. With their amazing roster of the biggest shiny floor productions in the country, they are truly the perfect home.”

The U.S. version of the series, with Ellen DeGeneres and host Steve Harvey (pictured) on board as executive producers, showcases the talents of young performers and its premiere in early March, with The Voice  as its lead-in, was the highest-rated alternative series premiere in more than six years among total viewers. The series has been renewed for a second season.

Produced by Warner Horizon Television, East 112th Street Productions and A Very Good Production, global distribution is handled by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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