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ITV Studios takes Monumental stake

ITV Studios takes Monumental stake
Staff Reporter
30 April 2015

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the indie founded by producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

The agreement will see ITVS GE exclusively distributing all television productions from the recently launched production business, which is already in advanced development on several major scripted series.
Alison Owen is the founder of Ruby Film and Television, the production company she established in 1998. Along with producing feature films including the Oscar nominated Saving Mr. Banks and Jane Eyre; Ruby Film and Television were behind television dramas Case Histories and Dancing on the Edge.
Debra Hayward most recently produced Les Misérables. She was formerly Head of Films at Working Title where she had creative responsibility for the company's feature film slate including the Bridget Jones' Diary franchise, Atonement and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.  Upcoming films include Suffragette and Tulip Fever.
Ruth Clarke, EVP Global Content & Co-Productions, ITVS GE said: "In our increasingly international industry this is a fantastic time for drama production, the opportunities in scripted television are enticing major talent from the film industry. Alison and Debra are prolific and highly respected film producers, with world-class contacts. We have been blown away by their development slate of high end drama which will bring a cinematic approach to the small screen."
"The international television landscape has changed out of all recognition," said Owen. 'It's not just that the wall between television and film has collapsed, it's that the digital business has opened up a whole new space that is ready to house drama every bit as cinematic as movies, full of high quality writing and just as attractive to A-list talent" says Owen.

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