STV Productions and Red Arrow Entertainment Group have agreed to a strategic international partnership, incorporating co-investment, co-development and worldwide distribution.
The multi-year deal, which involves investment from both companies, will enable STV Productions and Red Arrow Entertainment Group to work closely together to develop brand new formats for UK and international markets. Newly created formats will then be co-produced and piloted on STV´s core channel in Scotland before being taken to the international market.
In conjunction with the expanded partnership, STV Productions will also continue its innovative format deal with US production company, Kinetic Content, part of the Red Arrow Entertainment Group. In 2010, STV Productions announced an exclusive agreement to license each other´s original formats in their respective countries.
Additionally, from January 2014, Munich based Red Arrow International will also become STV Productions’ worldwide distributors for completed programmes and formats, outside the UK.
Alan Clements, director of content for STV Productions, said: “We are hugely excited about the opportunities that this new agreement brings. STV Productions is an extremely ambitious content business and this partnership offers fantastic potential to build on the success of our business in an international market, while working alongside the creative and talented Red Arrow Entertainment Group team to develop brand new ideas for co-production.”
Jan Frouman, Group Managing Director of Red Arrow Entertainment Group, said: “On the back of the existing deal between STV Productions and Kinetic, we have formed an excellent working relationship with Alan and his team. We are thrilled to broaden our partnership across our entire group, and represent STV´s content on a worldwide basis.”
Chris Coelen, CEO of Kinetic Content, said: “We are thrilled to continue our alliance with STV, and to have them join forces with our partners at Red Arrow is extremely exciting both in terms of scale and creativity.”
STV Productions currently works with Red Arrow Entertainment Group and Kinetic Content on Fake Reaction, a panel show produced for ITV2 in the UK currently in its second series, and previously joined forces for Perez Hilton Super Fan, a four-part series for ITV2.
Further STV Productions completed formats available include Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Antiques Road Trip, Country Show Cook Off and First Dance.
STV Productions is one of the UK´s leading content businesses, with ambitious plans for growth and expansion in the UK and overseas. The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, factual and entertainment, producing a wide range of programmes for a variety of networks. Recent commissions include Feature Documentary film Fire in the Night for BBC Scotland to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. In the entertainment genre, STV Productions has produced
Catchphrase and Fake Reaction for ITV1 and ITV2, and Jo Brand´s Great Wall of Comedy for UKTV Gold. Further commissions include ratings success Antiques Road Trip, including a celebrity version, for BBC One and Two and drama The Poison Tree for ITV1. STV Productions also works in partnership with US production company, Kinetic Content, licensing original formats in their respective companies and developing new formats, such as the Perez Hilton Super Fan entertainment series for ITV2.