ITV has bought a majority share in production company World Productions, the producers of BBC hit series Line of Duty.
World Productions CEO Roger Charteris will step down from his position, with creative director Simon Heath assuming the chief executive role. They will continue to oversee creative and day-to-day management alongside managing director Roderick Seligman.
ITV Studios’ distribution business, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, will manage international distribution of new series.
Julian Bellamy, managing director, ITV Studios, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Simon and the World Productions team into the ITVS family. World has made a name for itself as one the country’s foremost drama producers with a raft of brilliant, stand out series from BBC’s Line of Duty to Channel 4’s Born to Kill.”
Heath added: “We’re delighted to be linking up with Julian and his terrific team at ITVS. With their support, we’re looking to build on the success of the last five years and expand into the future.”