ITV Studios has purchased a majority stake in Italian indie Cattleya, the production company behind crime drama Gomorrah.
The moves comes as ITV Studios looks to continue its expansion into international drama, and meet the increasing demand for European series.
Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy, with ITV Studios subsidiary ITV Studios Global Entertainment distributing the company’s TV series where rights are available.
Along with Gomorrah, Cattleya has co-produced crime thriller Suburra, Netflix’s first Italian original series, as well as Romanzo Criminale.
Maria Kyriacou, president of ITV Studios International, said: “Cattleya has established an enviable reputation as a first-class drama producer, and built strong global relationships to develop ambitious projects which appeal to audiences everywhere.”
“This, coupled with our confidence that the demand for high-end European drama will continue to grow, makes Cattleya a perfect partner for ITV Studios as we continue with our strategy to build an international scripted business.”
Cattleya was launched in 1997 by Riccardo Tozzi, who now runs it alongside president and co-CEO Giovanni Stabilini and co-CEO Marco Chimenz.
Tozzi said: “We are thrilled to join ITV Studios. Its strategy of investing in European and international high-profile production companies and TV content is perfectly in line with the ever-growing demand for high-end drama series.
“It also corresponds to the direction in which Cattleya has been headed over the last several years, to create scripted drama that will present the best of Italian and European talent to the world.”