ITN Productions' 'Killer Instinct'

ITN Plotting British Invasion Into U.S. Production Market

A news DNA, reasonable cost are attractive to networks

At a time when peak TV might have peaked and traditional TV economics are under pressure, ITN Productions is seeking a prime U.S. business opportunity.

ITN Productions, an offshoot of ITN, which produces news for the United Kingdom’s commercial networks, entered the U.S. market about three years ago and now has landed shows on nearly a dozen networks.

“We’ve built a lot of our business plan on rapid U.S. growth. We have intentions to hire and employ a lot of extra head count in the next 18 months and set up offices in the east and west,” said Mark Browning, ITN Productions group managing director. “For us, probably the single biggest and most exciting opportunity as a U.K. production company is working with U.S. networks and getting into the U.S. sector.”

Browning said 20% of ITN Productions’ $51 million in revenue now comes from the U.S. The company hopes to boost U.S. revenue to $57 million this year.

According to Browning, the core attributes of ITN Productions spring from its background coming from a news organization. That background translates into being able to do authentic, responsive, highly impactful storytelling.

“That’s the DNA of a good worldwide news organization,” Browning said. “And we have turned those skills to as many business opportunities as we can on a global scale.”

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