We'd love you to meet the team here at ITV Studios. Find out more about who they are and how they've made us the UK's biggest production company.
ITV America is the largest independent non-scripted producer in the US. It includes ITV Entertainment, the flagship production arm of ITV Studios in the US, and the acquired top production companies of Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media, DIGA and Leftfield Entertainment.ITV America
ITV Entertainment is a leading producer of non-scripted content in the US. It is behind some of the biggest and most successful brands on American television. ITV Entertainment is a major force in acquiring, developing and producing non-scripted programming for US networks across a wide range of genres.ITV Entertainment
ITV Studios America is the U.S.-based independent scripted TV studio operation of ITV America. The studio develops and produces scripted TV programming for global distribution.ITV Studios America
In 2011 Mike was approached to join the new executive team at ITV Studios and became Director of International Formats and is overseeing the slate of formats including "Come Dine With Me", "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here"and new shows such as "Red or Black?". Mike's career began on children's shows such as “Wacaday” and “Top Banana” TV-am. He moved to Planet 24 and was part of the team which launched “The Big Breakfast”, before moving on to LWT. Here his credits included “Blind Date”, “You Bet!” and “Gladiators”. After 2 years at LWT Mike joined US production company Bunim/Murray Productions on their landmark series “The Real World”, followed by a period with Hat Trick Productions, working on “Confessions” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” including setting the latter up for ABC in the US. In 1998 Mike joined the BBC where he oversaw many of their top rated shows including “Dog Eat Dog” and “Friends Like These”. He was also part of the team that developed, produced and then rolled out internationally “The Weakest Link”. In 2001 he was asked to help set up independent 12 Yard Productions and again worked on bringing many hits to UK screens. His Executive Producer credits include “In It To Win It”, “Coach Trip” and “Eggheads” in the UK and “The Benefactor”, “The Rich List” and “Without Prejudice?” in the US.
Julian Bellamy is Managing Director of ITV Studios, the number one commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in America and one of the leading independent producers in the world. Julian’s team comprises more than 50 production labels around the world making over 7,000 hours of original content every year. ITV Studios’ diverse slate of hit shows includes: I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, The Voice, This Morning, Vera, The Chase, Come Dine With Me, Aquarius, Hell’s Kitchen, Pawn Stars, The Graham Norton Show, Duck Dynasty, 24 Hours in A&E, Cold Feet, Educating Yorkshire, Victoria, Eggheads, Thunderbirds Are Go and the world’s longest running soap opera Coronation Street. Julian joined ITV from Discovery Networks International where, as Creative Director and Head of Commissioning, he ran production and development across 200 countries, with commissioning teams in five international bases. He was previously Head of Channel 4 managing over 2000 hours of original programming a year including Undercover Boss, One Born Every Minute and This is England. Julian is also a former Head of E4 and BBC3 Channel Controller, he began his career as a current affairs producer/director.
Darren joined ITV in September 2015 as HR Director for ITV Studios. Prior to joining ITV, Darren was Group VP HR for Discovery Communications and was responsible for Western, Southern and Northern regions. Prior to Discovery, he held European & African HR roles with Sony Music Entertainment, Thomas Cook and Diageo. Darren's earlier career was in finance and recruitment in his hometown Melbourne.
Sally joined ITV Studios UK in January 2012 where she has responsibility for leading ITV Studios production management strategy to deliver and support the ongoing creative renewal and growth plans of ITV. She will be in charge of driving value, efficiency and production modernisation, and ensuring effective use of resources and technology across all platforms. Sally will develop production partnerships with ITV Studios International production business and co producers to maximise the range and diversity of ITV Studios content. Sally began her career in the media industry over 30 years ago. Her early years were spent at London Weekend Television on programmes including; Game For A Laugh, World of Sport, Blind Date and Dempsey and Makepeace. This was followed by a five year spell as a freelancer working for major independent companies. Sally joined Talkback Productions in 1993 as Head of Production, becoming Managing Director in 2002.
Scarlett Ewens, Managing Director Scarlett joined The Garden in January 2011. As Managing Director, she is responsible for the day-to-day running of the company. In addition to overseeing all aspects production management within the company, she manages all of The Garden's commercial, financial, rights exploitation and business and legal affairs. Scarlett has extensive experience in production and line management on a range of primetime, award winning, landmark series, formats and specials for broadcasters such as the BBC, C4, C5, Discovery and National Geographic including The Family, Grand Designs and Britain's Deadliest Addictions. Head of Production credits include 24 Hours in A&E, The Audience, Seven Dwarves, The Midwives, Keeping Britain Alive and 24 Hours in Police Custody.
David joined ITV in June 2011 as Finance Director of ITV Studios. He qualified with Arthur Andersen in Dublin in 1996 and has extensive international experience having worked with businesses in the UK, the US, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and Western Europe. Before joining ITV, David spent 7 years with TUI Travel PLC in a number of senior finance roles. This included 3 years as Finance Director of its Specialist and Emerging Markets Division and 3 years as Director of M&A where he lead the £3bn merger between First Choice Holidays PLC and TUI Tourism to create TUI Travel PLC. Prior to TUI, David spent 6 years with Close Brothers Corporate Finance advising on a wide range of transactions including public and private takeovers, fund raisings and M&A strategy for both PLC and private clients. He was promoted to Chief Finance and Operating Officer of ITV Studios in February 2016.
Pukar joined ITV in April 2010 and is now Commercial Director for ITV Studios UK, responsible for strategy, mergers & acquisitions and other commercial projects for the UK division. He started at ITV as Head of Business Development working on M&A opportunities for the Group, and he led on acquisitions including So TV, The Garden and Big Talk Productions. Pukar started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a strategy consultant before moving Antfactory, an internet-focused venture capital firm. He then spent 8 years at KPMG's transactional strategy team advising on a range of transactions and strategy projects in the telecomms and media including the merger of Carlton and Granada, the acquisitions of Odeon and UCI cinemas by Terra Firma, a number of acquisitions for Vodafone, the demerger / delisting of Cable & Wireless and supporting the Post Office enter the telecoms market.
Having qualified as a solicitor in 1994, Justine left private practice and joined Granada Television (Manchester) at the beginning of 1996 in the legal and business affairs team. After 18 months she moved to the London office to work in the drama and comedy departments as business affairs manager. In 1999, Justine moved up to Yorkshire Television (which had become part of the group in the previous year) and worked across the production slate of Yorkshire Tyne Tees, subsequently becoming Head of Business Affairs for Granada's northern production businesses. In 2006, the remit was expanded to include drama and comedy in London and the role was formalised within that genre in 2007, as Controller of Business Affairs for Scripted Content, ITV Studios. On 1 October 2011, Justine was appointed Director of Legal and Business Affairs, ITV Studios UK. As Director of Business Affairs, Justine is a member of the ITV Studios management team, playing a significant role in the daily management of the UK business, advising on all areas of legal and commercial policy ensuring that commercial terms are fully exploited. The DBA negotiates or oversees all major deals, drives talent deals and broadcaster/talent union negotiations and manages the Business Affairs, Casting and Music teams in ITV Studios.