As ITV increases its footprint in the U.S., the company has named longtime exec Paul Buccieri to the post of Chairman of the ITV Studios U.S. Group and ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The move follows ITV’s recent acquisition of Leftfield Entertainment, and a host of other purchases over the last 18 months which have made it the largest independent unscripted producer in the U.S. A former Fox and Endemol exec, Buccieri joined ITV Studios in 2007, and in 2013 was named President & CEO ITV Studios U.S. Group and Managing Director ITV Studios International. He will now focus on leading and integrating the U.S. group, which also includes ITV Studios America, Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media and DiGa Vision. At the same time, Buccieri will become Chairman of ITVSGE, the international distribution and consumer products business. Maria Kyriacou, Managing Director of ITVSGE, will in turn take on responsibility for the production operations outside of the U.S. and UK; those include interests in Australia, France, Germany and the Nordic territories. She joined in 2010 from Disney. Kevin Lygo, Managing Director of ITV Studios, said today, “Our strategy is to further develop and grow the American operation both in reality and scripted, which is key to the success of our global content business, and I’m therefore delighted that Paul has stepped up to concentrate on leading the newly enlarged Group, both creatively and strategically, into an exciting new phase.”
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