Sherman Oaks, Calif., May 11, 2017 – It was announced today that ITV Studios America has finalized a joint venture agreement with Circle of Confusion, a premier talent management and production company, to launch Circle of Confusion Television Studios.
The new television studio label will source, develop and produce premium scripted programming, with support from ITV Studios America. Circle of Confusion is expected to draw from its vast library of intellectual property, as well as on its strong relationships with creative talent both inside and outside their walls. Circle of Confusion and ITV Studios America will assemble a creative team to manage the TV studio’s day-to-day operations.
An industry leader in talent management and production, Circle of Confusion executive produces the AMC blockbuster smash series “The Walking Dead” and its companion hit “Fear the Walking Dead.” Additional programming includes “Outcast,” with the second season scheduled to air on Cinemax in 2018, and BBC America’s “Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency,” with the second season now in production. On the film side, the firm served as executive producer on the critically-acclaimed “Straight Outta Compton,” recently produced “Mr. Right” starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, and is in preproduction on “Ness” at Paramount with Paul Greengrass directing.
Circle of Confusions's impressive client roster includes Sasha Alexander, Brian Michael Bendis, Amy Berg, Benjamin Bratt, Natalie Chaidez, Joe Robert Cole, Willem Dafoe, JD Dillard, Mike Dougherty, Brian Duffield, Michelle Forbes, Ana Gasteyer, Lauren Gussis, Mary Harron, Todd Harthan, Chad and Carey Hayes, Anthony Jaswinski, Doug Jung, Robert Kirkman, Derek Kolstad, Frank Langella, Frances McDormand, Daniel Minahan, Michelle Monaghan, Molly Parker, Sarah Polley, Pablo Schreiber, Jon Spaihts, Scott Speedman, Lana and Lilly Wachowski, Gary Whitta and Alfre Woodard.
Circle of Confusion partners David Alpert, David Engel, Frank Frattaroli, Lawrence Mattis, and Brad Mendelsohn issued a joint statement saying: “We have been looking for the right collaborator with whom to expand on our success in the television space and ITV Studios America is the perfect partner to support and accelerate the growth of our TV business. ITV's creative openness, financial strength and global reach will empower Circle of Confusion Television Studios to create more premium groundbreaking shows to excite audiences around the world.”
ITV Studios America’s partnership with Circle of Confusion forms part of ITV’s continued strategy to expand its U.S. scripted television operations under the leadership of Philippe Maigret, President of ITV Studios America. The new TV studio label will be headquartered in Los Angeles, and complement ITV Studios America’s existing operations, its partnership with Tomorrow Studios, and investments in Blumhouse Television and Indigenous Media. ITV Studios Global Entertainment, ITV Studios’ distribution business, will manage distribution of the Circle of Confusion Television Studios’ output.
“We are thrilled to join forces to create Circle of Confusion Television Studios,” said Maigret. “The team at Circle of Confusion has established a clear track record in both talent management and developing hit content that gives the new venture a great deal of creative and commercial potential. The portfolio of projects that will come out of Circle of Confusion Television Studios will be a perfect addition to our development and production slate as we continue to scale up ITV Studios’ U.S. scripted television business.”
The deal was negotiated by Chris Simonian at CAA, Howard Abramson at Behr, Abramson, Levy and Paul Bernstein at Venable for Circle of Confusion; and Tom Lane, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at ITV Studios America and Michael French at Squire, Patton, Boggs for ITV Studios America.
About ITV Studios America:
ITV Studios America is ITV Studios’ LA-based U.S. independent scripted television operation. The studio develops and produces scripted programming, based on original ideas or established IPs, for global exploitation across all platforms. The studio has a growing portfolio of projects in development with multiple broadcast and cable networks, and OTT services, developed internally or through its PODs: Assembly Entertainment, Flame Ventures, Little Engine and 42.ITV’s scripted TV production output in North America currently includes “Snowpiercer” from Tomorrow Studios (pilot for TNT), “Somewhere Between” (first season for ABC), and “Good Witch” (third season for Hallmark Channel).