UK prodco and distributor ITV Studios has acquired Israeli format prodco and distributor Armoza Formats.
The deal will see Armoza Formats joining ITV’s Global Creative Network, headed up by Mike Beale. The Armoza team will remain based in Tel Aviv, where it will continue to develop and source new formats while also working on projects with producers within the ITV Studios group. ITV Studios labels will exclusively produce all newly-developed Armoza formats in their respective territories.
Armoza Formats was founded by Avi Armoza (pictured) in 2005. The company has produced more than 100 formats globally, including singing competition The Four, dance competition Dance Revolution, entertainment format I Can Do That!, game show Still Standing and more, partnering with prodcos and broadcasters including Fox, NBC USA, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, TVA Canada, TF1 France, RTL Germany, HBO, TV2 Norway, RAI Italy, Globo Brazil, Azteca Mexico and ZEE TV India.
“Armoza Formats has rapidly grown to be one of the top independent creators and distributors of global entertainment hits,” said ITV Studios International president Maria Kyriacou in a statement. “This is a unique opportunity to work with Avi and his team and combine his expertise with ITV’s presence and reach to undoubtedly create many more hits of the future.”
“Armoza always strives to be at the forefront of creativity and stay ahead of the challenges in our industry, and we are therefore thrilled to be joining ITV Studios,” added Armoza. “We both share the same values and passion for success through creativity and strongly believe that ITV Studios are the perfect partner for the next stage of the company’s evolution.”