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ITV creates reality commissioning and acquisitions department

As part of its move towards a complete genre-based commissioning structure, British broadcaster ITV has created a reality commissioning and acquisitions department, to be led by Paul Mortimer (pictured) in ...
March 8, 2022

As part of its move towards a complete genre-based commissioning structure, British broadcaster ITV has created a reality commissioning and acquisitions department, to be led by Paul Mortimer (pictured) in the role of director.

With ITV looking to ramp up content hours in advance of the launch of its upcoming streaming service, ITVX, Mortimer will be tasked with commissioning and acquiring new content within what the broadcaster calls an “important genre for younger audiences.”

Amanda Stavri, commissioner of such series as Love Island and The Cabins, will move to Mortimer’s team, as will Peter Tierney, who will focus on younger-skewing shows.

Mortimer will continue to oversee the acquisitions team, including head of acquisitions Sasha Breslau and acquisitions manager for film and kids Darren Nartey. He will also continue to serve as controller of ITV2, CITV and ITVBe.

“ITV’s move towards genre-based commissioning across all our platforms has produced some exciting opportunities for many in the content team, including myself,” Mortimer said in a statement. “As we ramp up our activity in third-party acquisitions, I’ll be working with our expanded team to source programming from new and existing partners, and looking at a range of deals that should benefit our suppliers as much as they will ITV.

“The newly formed reality programming team, together with increased investment in the genre, will give producers new opportunities to work with us on content proven to drive engagement on streaming services as well as channels,” he added. “As we look to commission for ITVX primarily, building on the success of Love Island and our other reality brands, Amanda and Pete and I will be actively searching for the next big formats that target younger audiences especially, and we can’t wait to get started.”

“It’s a really exciting time for ITV’s content commissioning team, and with our move to one content budget the teams across genres are now focused on commissioning for audiences, across all platforms, however they choose to watch, rather than simply for slots in the schedule,” added ITV content director Rosemary Newell.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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