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Blumhouse launches TV studio with ITV Studios investment

Blumhouse is launching an independent television studio with UK’s ITV Studios, which will take a 45% stake in the new venture. The new studio will finance and produce original unscripted and ...
April 4, 2017

Blumhouse is launching an independent television studio with UK’s ITV Studios, which will take a 45% stake in the new venture.

The new studio will finance and produce original unscripted and scripted content with a focus on “dark” genre programs for world wide audiences.

The indie studio has been established by founder Jason Blum’s Blumhouse.

Blumhouse has a history of creating non-scripted and scripted content. Created in 2012, the prodco Blumhouse Television has won Emmy awards for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (pictured) and The Normal Heart, produced the rebooted Cold Case Files on A&E and 12 Deadly Days for YouTube Red. Blumhouse Television has also executive produced series for ABC, MTV, Syfy, GSN, WEtv and Discovery ID.

Co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold will continue to lead the indie studio. Both are experienced in creating independent studios with worldwide reach. Gold and Wiseman, who extended their long-term deals as part of the partnership with ITV, will continue to report to Blum, founder, and Charles Layton, president of Blumhouse, all of whom will join ITV on the board of the independent TV company.

“Over the past few years, we have been working to build Blumhouse Television into an independent studio so we can have the autonomy to work with the best storytellers and give them freedom to create the best dark genre programming… We are excited that with the launch of this new studio, we are expanding our partnership with NBCUniversal by growing The Purge franchise into a television series and are grateful for their incredible support of Blumhouse overall,” said Jason Blum, in a statement.

Blumhouse Television and ITV Studios Global Entertainment will seek to partner on the global distribution of future projects.

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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