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ITVS confirms taking Apple Tree stake

ITV Studios (ITVS) has confirmed it has acquired a minority stake in Apple Tree Productions, the new prodco set up by Danish broadcaster DR’s former head of drama, Piv Bernth.

Piv Bernth

As first reported by C21 in October, ITVS has invested in the fledgling outfit, a move that will give its distribution arm, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, exclusive international sales rights to all of Apple Tree’s series.

Apple Tree Productions, which launched at the beginning of December, was set up by Bernth and her deputy at DR Lars Hermann, the duo behind international hits The Killing and The Bridge.

Bernth and Hermann will be joined at Apple Tree by former DR Drama producers Anders Toft Andersen, Karoline Leth and Dorthe Riis Lauridsen.

The deal follows ITVS’s acquisition of a majority stake in Italian prodco Cattleya, the outfit behind Netflix’s first Italian original series Suburra, and its investment in French drama producer Tetra Media Studios.

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