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ITV Studios Inks First-Look Scripted TV Deal With Little Engine Productions

ITV Studios America and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have inked an overall first look programming development, production and distribution agreement with Little Engine Productions and its co-founders Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

Under the new pact, Matthews and Scharbo — who have been behind NatGeo’s mini-series “Saints & Strangers” and USA Network’s “Rush” — will work on scripted television content for networks and streaming platforms with ITV Studios America focusing on domestic projects and Global Entertainment focusing on European TV nets.

“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 Philippe Maigret, president of ITV Studios America. “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.”

“Gina and Grant’s stellar track record of producing fantastic television, combined with their international aspirations, make them the ideal partners. We look forward to working closely together to develop European-based projects for a global audience,” added Ruth Clarke, EVP of global content strategy and investments for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

The producing duo commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Maria, Philippe, Ruth and everyone at ITV as they share our passion and vision for global ground-breaking television and innovative financing structures. It’s the perfect partnership.”

Little Engine Prods. was founded in 2007. Since, the shingle has produced over 100 hours of network television, including NatGeo’s “Saints & Sinners,” USA’s “Rush,” ABC’s “Missing,” plus global projects for FX, TF1, AXM, RTL and more.

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