ITV Studios renews content deal with TVNZ
May 5, 2023
ITV Studios and Television New Zealand (TVNZ), New Zealand’s largest television network, have announced the renewal of the partners’ long-standing first-look output deal, gaining exclusive access to ITV Studios’ upcoming programming across genres, including drama, entertainment, factual entertainment and documentaries.
In addition to the output deal, marquee brand Love Island and its three English language versions from the UK, Australia and the US, alongside selected international seasons from around the world, will return to TVNZ+. The UK’s companion series Love Island: Aftersun and the brand’s first spin-off series, Love Island Games, which brings together former Islanders from around the world for a second chance as they compete in couple and team challenges, will also be available on TVNZ+ following its debut in the US on Peacock in June.
Augustus Dulgaro, Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships, Asia Pacific at ITV Studios, said, “The quality, diversity, and commercial appeal of our global catalogue allows us to continue this incredible partnership with TVNZ. We’re delighted to keep offering New Zealand audiences with the very best of our new and returning series.”
TVNZ Director of Content, Cate Slater, added: “We’re thrilled to be continuing our long-standing partnership with ITV. This output deal ensures New Zealand viewers will continue to have access to some of their favourite shows, from The Chase to Coronation Street. They’ll also get to watch some of the very best UK scripted and non-scripted content, with programming from ITV Studios’ comprehensive slate appearing across our channels and platforms. Along with this deal, we’re excited to welcome Love Island back home to TVNZ+. The global juggernaut is a fan favourite for a reason, and we know Kiwis will love being able to stream it for free once again.”
As part of the multi-year deal, TVNZ will continue to show some of ITV Studios’ most popular series such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Chase, The Voice UK, The Voice USA and The Voice Australia and Hell’s Kitchen.
TVNZ has acquired more than 10,000 hours of scripted and non-scripted programming from ITV Studios in the Asia-Pacific region over the last decade. Most recent acquisitions include three new ITV/ITVX dramas: Malpractice, the new medical thriller from World Productions, directed by Philip Barantini and written by former NHS doctor Grace Ofori-Attah; Nolly, the three-part drama starring Helena Bonham-Carter from writer Russell T Davies and Nicola Shindler’s Quay Street Productions; and Maternal, the six-part medical drama executive produced by Patrick Spence and Kat Pugsley for ITV Studios, alongside Jacqui Honess-Martin and James Griffiths, and produced by Betsan Morris Evans.
The deal was brokered by VP Sales Camelia Mowbray and New Zealand Sales Executive Harry Seward.
Love Island is co-owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios. The show has been commissioned in 26 territories. Love Island Games is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company.