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ITV Studios sells 300+ hours in India
Soon-to-launch streamer Discovery+, Lionsgate Play and Viacom 18 have collectively acquired more than 300 hours of scripted and non-scripted content for India in a raft of deals with ITV Studios.
Discovery+ has signed a deal for factual titles including Atlantic Productions’ Attenborough’s Journey, a look back at Sir David Attenborough’s long career in broadcasting, Impossible Engineering and The Indian Dream Hotel, both produced by Twofour, and the UK version of Autopsy: The Last Hours of… produced by ITV Studios label, Potato.
Lionsgate Play has meanwhile acquired World Productions’ forthcoming thriller Vigil, as well as Romulus, Cattleya, Groenlandia and Sky’s drama about the founding of Rome. Also included is The Singapore Grip from Mammoth Screen, adapted from J.G. Farrell’s classic novel and Warp Films’ Little Birds, inspired by the short stories created by Anais Nin.
ITV Studios’ reality format Love Island will also be available to viewers in India, with Viacom 18 acquiring both series of Love Island USA.
The deals were brokered on behalf of ITV Studios by Bharti Mittal, director of content sales for South Asia.