UPDATE, 11:20 AM with ITV statement: We’re hearing that ITV Studios America will restructure the top spot at the company now that Orly Adelson has announced her exit from the company, with talks in the works to replace former ITV Studios US Group president Paul Buccieri and have that person run day-to-day ops at ITV Studios America, the job for which Buccieri had hired Adelson. In the interim, managing director Kevin Lygo will oversee the business.
Here is ITVs statement on today’s news: “ITV Studios America’s continued expansion in both scripted and unscripted coupled with Orly Adelson’s decision to step down as President, provides us with the opportunity to restructure the business to better reflect our growth and ambitions for the future. We would like to wish Orly the very best as she moves on with her plans in live, reality television and scripted production.”
PREVIOUS, 10:14 AM: Orly Adelson is leaving her post as president of ITV Studios America. This is just going down and we’re hearing she made the announcement today during a staff meeting. She had the job only since January 2014, and it is expected she will return to her producing roots in live and reality TV. Adelson had been president of dick clark productions before exiting for ITV.
At ITV Stuidos America, Adelson oversaw all aspects of the company’s operations on both coasts as well as the company’s slate of network and syndicated series including Hell’s Kitchen and The First 48. She also set up ITV’s scripted division, and developed NBC’s Neil Patrick Harris’ fall variety show Best Time Ever based on ITV’s format Saturday Night Takeaway.
Adelson was hired by Paul Buccieri, who was president and CEO of ITV Studios U.S. Group and managing director ITV Studios International. But Buccieri left in November after seven years to join A+E Networks where he now oversees A&E and History as president. He had been in business with A&E as ITV Studios America owns Gurney Productions, producer of the network’s Duck Dynasty, and Thinkfactory Media, behind History’s hit miniseries Hatfields & McCoys.
Buccieri left amid a spate of big ITV acquisitions of production companies at high premiums based largely on cash flow, and Deadline heard he was not fully supportive of the big spending and had been quietly sending out feelers for a new job.