ITV Studios taps Louisa Forsyth as VP, Global Content, Scripted

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (UK) has named Louisa Forsyth as VP, Global Content, Scripted, completing scripted content team after Bea Hegedus joined across scripted earlier this year.

It also follows on from senior non-scripted hire Cecilie Olsen joining the Global Content team, which oversees ITVS GE’s co-productions, content strategy and programme acquisitions as well as managing the distributor’s relationships with producers.

As ITVS GE heads into this year's Mipcom with a compelling new slate of UK and international dramas, including more hours of non-English content than ever before, Forsyth will work across ITVS GE’s wide range of international producers and clients, reporting into Kate Barnes, SVP, Global Content, Scripted & Co-productions.

Forsyth has joined from Sky, having been with the organisation since 2003, where she held a number of positions, including ten years in Acquisitions, Entertainment and, most recently, in the Corporate Affairs team working across its Bigger Picture initiative leading the Sky Ocean Rescue content activity and MAMA Youth Project.

Julie Meldal-Johnsen, EVP of Global Content, said: 'Louisa joining us is perfect timing as we prepare to head down to Mipcom. I’m delighted that the scripted content team is now complete and, as we look to cement our place as a truly worldwide producer distributor, Louisa’s international experience strengthens our cause as we are now ideally positioned to collaboratively cater for our creative partners and clients.'

Said Forsyth: 'I am thrilled to be joining ITVS GE at this exciting time of content growth and delighted to be working with the talented Global Entertainment team to further expand our drama portfolio internationally.'

ITV Studios’ scripted slate for Mipcom is headed by The War of the Worlds, the Mammoth Screen and Creasun production of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi tale for BBC1; Dark Heart, a new crime series from critically acclaimed writer Chris Lang, produced by Silverprint Pictures in association with Britbox for ITV, and West of Liberty, based on Thomas Engström’s novel centring on former Stasi agent and CIA informant Ludwig Licht, produced by Anagram Sweden and Network Movie. There is also a strong non-English language presence with Balthazar (Beauborg Stories), Les Secrets (Beauborg Stories) and Hunters (SF Studios and Harmonica Films).