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Lionsgate Names ITV’s Steve November as U.K. TV Creative Chief

Steve November's drama slate at ITV included 'Downton Abbey,' 'Broadchurch,' and 'Victoria'

Downton Abbey
Courtesy of PBS

Lionsgate has recruited top ITV executive Steve November as creative director of U.K. television as the company looks to ramp up its British television output.

November, who will be based in London, will spearhead the growth of the company’s slate of original programming and manage its relationships with production partners in the U.K. He will report to Zygi Kamasa, CEO for Lionsgate U.K. and Europe, and Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs.

Lionsgate already is a major supplier of premium series to cable, broadcast and digital platforms in the U.S., with a slate of nearly 80 television series on 40 different networks, including ”Orange Is the New Black” on Netflix, “Nashville” on CMT/Hulu, “Casual” on Hulu, and “The Royals” on E!. It is now seeking to replicate that high profile in U.K. television, where it has recently invested in production companies Primal Media and Kindle Entertainment as well as co-financing the hit Channel 4 comedy “Damned.”

November most recently served as director of drama, ITV Channels, and for the past three years was responsible for the ITV drama slate, including “Downton Abbey,” “Broadchurch,” “Doc Martin” and “Scott & Bailey,” as well as new commissions including “Marcella,” “The Durrells,” “Victoria,” “Maigret,” “Unforgotten,” “The Lost Honor of Christopher Jeffries,” “The Frankenstein Chronicles” and the return of “Cold Feet.”

Serving as head of drama across the ITV network for five years prior, he oversaw the development of primetime dramas including “Law & Order: UK,” “Foyle’s War,” “Poirot,” “Marple,” “Wild at Heart,” “Whitechapel,” “Midsomer Murders,” “Mr Selfridge,” “Above Suspicion” and “DCI Banks.”

November also spent seven years at the channel producing flagship soaps “Emmerdale” and “Coronation Street.”

“Steve is a visionary and experienced executive with great talent relationships and a terrific roster of ground-breaking television series to his credit,” Kamasa said. “He is the perfect choice to oversee the continued build of our U.K. television business and to collaborate with Kevin, me and the rest of our teams in identifying exciting new creative and strategic opportunities.”

“Zygi and his team have built a premier film brand in the U.K., and Steve November has the skills and vision to extend that leadership into television,” said Beggs. “We look forward to working closely with our U.K. colleagues in creating and delivering the kind of noisy, quality programming that is a Lionsgate signature to buyers in the U.K., the U.S., and around the world.”