STV Studios is one of the UK’s leading content businesses and is Scotland’s biggest production company. It has an impressive track-record of success across drama, entertainment and factual with broadcasters and streamers, including commissions for BBC One and Two, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Apple TV+, BBC Scotland, discovery+, and Sky.
STV Studios is a family of nine creative labels. Our in-house labels are STV Drama, STV Entertainment and STV Factual. We own a majority stake in award-winning unscripted producer, Primal Media, who focus on high impact event TV; and a minority stake in Northern Ireland based drama producer, Two Cities Television, who are currently in production in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with a police drama for BBC One. We own the younger-skewing entertainment label, Barefaced TV, who were commissioned by global streamer, discovery+ in February 2022; and we have a co-production agreement with scripted specialists, Tod Productions, through which we have recently won a commission with Apple tv+. Our most recent additions, both minority stakes, are unscripted producers Hello Mary, based in Brighton, and Mighty Productions based in Glasgow and London.
Following a period of organisational and creative reinvention, we are building momentum across all genres, winning 16 commissions in 2021 and a further 20 commissions in the first half of 2022. 2021 was the division’s most successful financial year in terms of revenue and profit, carrying strong momentum into 2022.
Recent productions include six-part prison drama for Channel 4, Screw, recently re-commissioned for a second series; genre-bending series Murder Island for Channel 4; daytime quiz format Bridge of Lies for BBC One; and returning factual series, The Yorkshire Auction House, for Discovery-owned Really.
STV Studios also successfully licences its back catalogue around the world, delivering very profitable revenue for the division on an ongoing basis.
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