ITV Studios America and ITV Studios Global Entertainment today announced an overall first look scripted television programming development, production and distribution agreement with Little Engine Productions and its Emmy Award-winning co-founders Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.
ITV Studios America will be Little Engine’s studio partner on projects targeting U.S. television networks and streaming platforms while ITV Studios Global Entertainment will focus on projects structured as co-productions with European television networks.
“Gina and Grant’s vision for Little Engine, their proven experience and their deep relationships with talent and networks around the world align seamlessly with our strategy to build a global scripted television business,” said Philippe Maigret, President, ITV Studios America. “When presented with the opportunity of finally working together to deliver compelling television for audiences worldwide, we knew it was something we could not pass up.”
Ruth Clarke, EVP of Global Content Strategy & Investments for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, added: “Gina and Grant’s stellar track record of producing fantastic television, combined with their international aspirations, make them the ideal partners. We look forward to working closely together to develop European-based projects for a global audience.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Maria, Philippe, Ruth and everyone at ITV as they share our passion and vision for global ground-breaking television and innovative financing structures,” said Matthews and Scharbo. “It’s the perfect partnership. “
Since its inception in 2007, Little Engine Productions has produced over 100 hours of network television. Most recently, their credits include the highly-acclaimed miniseries SAINTS & STRANGERS for National Geographic Channel, which was nominated for three Critics Choice Awards and took home the Writers Guild Award for Best Original Long Form. Their additional projects include the drama RUSH for USA, and the international thriller MISSING for ABC and a global slate of projects for FX, TF1, AXM, RTL and more.