ITV Studios America and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked an first-look scripted development, production and distribution pact with Little Engine Productions, the company co-founded by Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo. Their recent credits include Nat Geo’s miniseries Saints And Strangers, USA Network’s Rush and ABC’s Missing.
Under the overall deal, ITV Studios America will act as Little Engine’s studio partner on projects targeting U.S. networks and streaming platforms. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will focus on projects structured as European co-productions.
“Gina and Grant’s vision for Little Engine, their proven experience and their deep relationships with talent and networks around the world align seamlessly with our strategy to build a global scripted television business,” said ITV Studios America president Philippe Maigret. “When presented with the opportunity of finally working together to deliver compelling television for audiences worldwide, we knew it was something we could not pass up.”
Formed in 2007, Little Engine has had projects in the works at FX, TF1, AXM, RTL and other international outlets. It also produced feature films including 2000’s What Women Want and 2004’s 13 Going on 30.
“Gina and Grant’s stellar track record of producing fantastic television, combined with their international aspirations, make them the ideal partners,” said Ruth Clarke, EVP Global Content Strategy & Investments at ITV Studios Global Entertainment. “We look forward to working closely together to develop European-based projects for a global audience.”