Company to be divided into four departments
LONDON — ITV Studios, the production and distribution arm of the U.K. broadcaster, is to undergo a radical restructure aimed partly at making it easier for its international clients to work with the outfit.The move, which will see around 15 jobs disappear mostly at senior level, was announced Tuesday as part of a staff consultation. In future ITV Studios will be divided into four departments: factual, entertainment, daytime and scripted. The number of controllers is being reduced to eight and they are being renamed creative directors. ITV emphasized the decision to streamline the department was not motivated by cost cutting but aimed at making the firm “more outward looking” as it puts a renewed emphasis on international activities. ITV Studios managing director Lee Bartlett said the restructure was the next step in his vision for the department to become a world class content business. “As part of this journey we must evolve the way we manage our business and today’s proposals will simplify our creative structure and create a truly flexible production management team, so we continue to deliver first rate programming for our U.K. and global clients,” he said. ITV Studios employs 2,200 people, according to a spokeswoman, and “less than 1%” of the workforce would be pink-slipped as a result of this latest change. A new director of production is being appointed. She is Claire Poyser, who will work across all ITV Studios departments domestically and internationally. Another change is the new position of production executive working in the international formats unit in response to the growth in international sales.