ITV opens ITV Studios US

Michelle Clancy | 05-09-2013

UK broadcaster ITV has appointed Paul Buccieri to lead a new ITV Studios US group.

The formation of the stateside group, which will house ITV Studios America, comes after the acquisition of US producers Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment and Gurney Productions. ITV CEO Adam Crozier has claimed that that ITVS is now among the top five producers in the States after the buying spree.
Buccieri will take on the role of president and CEO of the ITV Studios US Group, as well as managing director of ITV Studios International, which encompasses ITV's entire global production and distribution business.
ITVS US has also named ITVS International's director of legal and business affairs Julie Meldal-Johnsen as executive vice president of operations; ITV Studios America's Ivan Garel-Jones as executive vice president of business affairs; and PriceWaterhouse Coopers' Oliver de la Hoz as executive vice president of finance. All three will sit on the US board with Buccieri, who will act as chair.
"Under Paul's leadership we have continued to make great progress in building a strong international content business, an important part of ITV's [strategic] Transformation Plan," said ITV Studios managing director Kevin Lygo. "The creation of this new leadership team will further underpin the momentum Paul has built as we continue to drive forward the expansion of the ITV Studios US Group."