UK-based ITV Studios has acquired Elk Production, the Swedish prodco behind unscripted hits such as quiz show En Ska Bort (Odd One Out) and reality series such as Wahlgrens and Parneviks.
It currently has 15 shows in production or on air across Sweden’s free-to-air and pay TV channels including Drömpyramiden (Stacked), Ett jobb för Berg (A Job For Berg and Superskaparna (Supercrafters).
Elk has also produced local versions of international formats including Ninja Warriors, Superstars and Top Chef: Just Desserts.
ITV Studios’ majority stake in Elk will see the company combine with ITV’s existing Swedish production business, with the two companies operating under the ITV Studios Sweden brand. The prodcos will integrate in ITV Studios Sweden’s current offices following the Swedish summer break.
Elk’s current managing director, Anna Rydin (pictured), will lead the newly combined ITV Studios Sweden, reporting to Mike Beale, managing director, Nordics and global creative network.
ITV Studios Sweden has produced Come Dine With Me for TV4, creating 19 seasons so far. It is also producing This Time Next Year for SVT.
Elk Format, also a part of Elk Entertainment, is not included in the acquisition. However, ITV Studios will be Elk’s exclusive formats partner in the Nordics with the right to produce shows, including Stacked and All Inclusive, through ITV Studios’ production companies in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.