EXCLUSIVE: After seven years at ICM and a total of 15 with agent Greg Lipstone, ITV Studios America has signed with WME in all areas, including unscripted and scripted TV. The company (then Granada America) was repped by Lipstone at WMA until 2005, when he moved to ICM, bringing Granada with him. With the 2009 merger between WMA and Endeavor, ITV Studios’ signing with WME represents a return of sorts to its old agency.
The series pickups ITV Studios landed while with ICM include reality series Kitchen Nightmares (Fox); Steven Seagal: Lawman (A&E); Meet The In-Laws (CMT); Four Weddings, On the Fly and May The Best House Win (TLC); Real Life: The Musical (OWN); NBC drama Prime Suspect; and upcoming ABC comedy The Family Tools. (Lipstone also packaged the company’s hit Hell’s Kitchen while at WMA; the package is owned by WMA successor WME.) The list of pilots include The Chase (Fox), Surprise, Surprise (NBC), Devil’s Dinner Party (CW, presentation), and The Audience, which is being shopped. ITV Studios’ syndicated series credits include The Jeremy Kyle Show, The Bill Cunningham Show and America Now/America Today.