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STV pairs with Primal for formats

Scotland-based production outfit STV Productions is teaming up with Lionsgate-backed Primal Media to coproduce large-scale entertainment formats.

David Mortimer

The companies have signed a two-year deal to develop formats for production in Scotland targeted at UK and international networks.

The move is part of a strategic shift from focusing on developing returning series for terrestrial and digital players to serving the growing demand for quality programming from the UK’s nations and regions.

Primal Media was founded in 2016 by Mat Steiner and Adam Wood, and is behind a range of entertainment shows including Carnage for Sky1, Bigheads for ITV and Release The Hounds for ITV2.

Lionsgate will distribute any new formats that emerge from the partnership.

David Mortimer, who moved from Tinopolis to become MD of STV Productions in September, said: “I’m so excited that we are teaming up with Primal Media. Adam and Mat are two of the most talented entertainment producers in the business, so I know we will do great things together.”

Last week STV Productions announced that its drama team has secured television rights to two debut novels by Scottish authors. Best-seller Maggie & Me, by writer and columnist Damian Barr, and Fishnet, by award-winning journalist Kirsten Innes, have both been optioned and will be developed by head of drama development Claire Armspach and head of drama Sarah Brown.

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