Magazine article Screen International

ITV Studios Acquires Stake in Blumhouse Television

Magazine article Screen International

ITV Studios Acquires Stake in Blumhouse Television

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Secure And Hold: The Last Days Of Roger Ailes, The Purge on expanded roster.

Jason Blum's content empire took another step forward this week with the announcement that the prolific producer has partnered with the British TV powerhouse.

ITV Studios has acquired a 45% stake in Blumhouse Television as it builds its US scripted TV studio operations.

The new studio will finance and produce original scripted and unscripted 'dark' genre programming and look to partner with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on global distribution of future projects.

Heading the slate is Secure And Hold: The Last Days Of Roger Ailes, a limited series from Tom McCarthy and journalist Gabe Sherman about the notorious former Fox News chief that is set up at Showtime.

McCarthy is shepherding the series John Harrington Bland, Sherman and Jennifer Stahl are writing and will serve as co-executive producers.

The roster includes The Purge, a co-production with Universal Cable Productions based on the film franchise (pictured) from creator James DeMonaco that Blumhouse Productions made with Universal Pictures.

DeMonaco will oversee the series, which is described as cross-genre show that will air on USA and Syfy. Platinum Dunes and DeMonaco's longtime producing partner Sebastien K. Lemercier are executive producers on the series.

Co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold will continue to lead the television operation and have extended their long-term deals as part of the partnership with ITV.

The pair will continue to report to Blum and Blumhouse president Charles Layton, and all join ITV on the board of the expanded TV operation.

Blumhouse Television launched in 2012 and has won Emmys for The Jinx and The Normal Heart, produced Cold Case Files on A&E and 12 Deadly Days for YouTube Red. It also serves as executive producer the upcoming Sharp Objects for HBO, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, starring Amy Adams.

"Over the past few years, we have been working to build Blumhouse Television into an independent studio so we can have the autonomy to work with the best storytellers and give them freedom to create the best dark genre programming," Blum said. …

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