STV Group has rebranded its production company from STV Productions to STV Studios.
The name change “reflects the growing portfolio of businesses which are part of the STV production family and the diverse multi-genre output of the company, and is a statement of intent about STV’s future growth.”
Alongside its Drama, Factual and Entertainment divisions – led by Sarah Brown, Craig Hunter and Gary Chippington – STV Studios has interests in three other production companies – Primal Media (Big Heads for ITV, Jerk for Channel 4 and Carnage for Sky One); Two Cities (Patrick Melrose) and Elaine Collins’ drama indie, Tod Productions.
STV’s Celebrity Catchphrase was the first big entertainment show in the UK to go back into production post-lockdown, with the team safely filming ten episodes at Maidstone last month, and all other STV-produced programmes are now back filming. The Factual team secured and produced a series for Channel 5 during lockdown, The Palace and the Press. STV Studios drama team last month celebrated BAFTA nominations for the critically acclaimed The Victim and Elizabeth is Missing, with leading actress Glenda Jackson celebrating a win for her performance in Elizabeth is Missing.
Across three drama labels STV has 68 projects in development, of which 35 are in funded development and 39 are at script development stage. Across unscripted there are 75 projects in development, with a large number in advanced discussions with commissioners.
David Mortimer, Managing Director of STV Studios, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the resilience and innovation shown by our production teams these past months and am delighted that all of STV’s shows are now back in production under strict safety protocols.
“This is a hugely exciting time for us and our rebrand to STV Studios more accurately reflects the kind of business we’ve evolved into and our ambition for the future. Alongside our own brilliant entertainment, drama and factual teams we’re growing our portfolio of partners, with Primal, Two Cities and Tod all valuable members of the STV family with creative leaders that I admire greatly.
“Across STV Studios’ now six creative labels our development pipeline is the strongest it has ever been. Together we’re delivering a host of diverse, high quality content from the nations and regions for multiple broadcasters, and I’m very excited about what the future holds for STV Studios.”
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