Texas Rising

Acquisitions lift ITV Studios

ITV Studios’ revenue grew strongly in the first half of the year, buoyed by its acquired production companies. Sales were up 31% year-on-year at UK broadcaster ITV-owned ITVS, taking the total to £651 million (US$853 million), with revenues from Netherlands-based Talpa, UK prodcos Twofour and Mammoth Screen bolstering the total. On a like-for-like basis, stripping […]

Texas Rising, Aquarius deals for ITV Studios

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has shopped big-ticket dramas Texas Rising and Aquarius to a host of broadcasters. Texas Ranger drama Texas Rising was ITV Studio’s big launch at MIPTV. It went out on History in the US and Asia and has now been acquired by Sky Italia, SPI for the CEE region, OTE in Greece […]

Texas Rises to 4.1 million

US cable net History’s latest epic miniseries, Texas Rising, garnered 4.1 million viewers for its opening episode. The Western comes from Leslie Greif and the team behind Hatfields and McCoys, and failed to mirror its huge numbers after it set cable TV records in 2012 with over 13 million viewers. However, citing Nielsen, History said […]

Epic drama Rising

The story of History’s new historical miniseries, Texas Rising, which debuts this evening on Memorial Day, according to the key players behind its creation Act 1 The patriotic rallying call Commander William B. Travis delivered in an open letter to his fellow Americans on February 24, 1836 sets the scene for US cable channel History’s biggest […]

Greif, Joffé working on Texas Rising sequel

The creators of History miniseries Texas Rising are working on a second season, which will be set during the turbulent Comanche Wars, TBI has learned. Thinkfactory Media CEO Leslie Greif told TBI The Comanche Wars would be set in the same world as Texas Rising, the big-budget Western that ITV Studios Global Entertainment launched at MIPTV […]

Liotta, Paxton, Joffe heading to Cannes

ITV Studios is bringing Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Bill Paxton (Titanic) to MIPTV to promote its new US drama Texas Rising. Director Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields), and writer Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) will also be in Cannes to meet press and buyers. The series, which looks at the Texas Revolution and rise of […]

ITVS hires US scripted boss

The US division of ITV Studios has recruited Lucienne Papon as its senior VP, scripted TV. Papon joins ITVS from Mask of Zorro director Martin Campbell’s production company, where she launched its TV division, which is based at ABC Studios. Her credits there include ABC’s Killer Women. At ITV Studios she will oversee scripted development […]

ITV Studios on track for £100m 2014 revenue boost

The content arm of ITV is on course to grow revenues by £100 million (US$157.5 million) in 2014, the UK broadcaster said this morning. The commercial channel operator reported results for the first nine months of the year, with ITV Studios revenues up 10% in the period. ITV Studios reported revenue of £207 million in […]

A+E, ITV Studios partner for History drama

US cable channel History has commissioned an eight-part period drama that details the rise of the Texas Rangers and their role in the 19th century Texan war of independence with Mexico. History’s A+E Networks sister A+E Studios is coproducing Texas Rising (WT) with ITV Studios America-owned Thinkfactory Media, which was behind History’s first scripted series […]