FilmRise expanded its licensing deal with ITV Studios to include more than 5,000 hours of scripted and unscripted titles, including 3,000 hours of new premium British series such as Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.
The extended deal includes the ad-supported and ad-based video-on-demand rights to several new and classic British shows that haven’t been available to stream in the U.S. until now. In addition to renewing the two Gordon Ramsay reality shows, the series Upstairs, Downstairs, Prime Suspect, starring Dame Helen Mirren, Brassic, and Nanny 911, will also debut on FilmRise.
The platform hosts thousands of scripted and unscripted content across home and garden, lifestyle, true crime, competition, and reality series, with some titles exclusively streaming in the U.S. and Canada.
Max Einhorn, senior vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at FilmRise, and Rob Kaplan, senior vice president of sales, U.S., and global account and global partnerships at ITV Studios, announced the licensing agreement at the National Association of Television Program Executives 2024 event on January 16.
“With the expansion of this deal with ITV Studios, we are positioning ourselves as a key player to further distribute exceptional British drama and non-scripted content to the U.S. FAST and AVOD audience,” said Einhorn.
Last June, FilmRise acquired the U.S. streaming rights to more than 480 British TV episodes from BBC Studios. The free platform has been building its selection of titles, including the Truthseekers series, tech thriller The Admirer, and children’s show The Wiggles. The Streamer also signed deals with The CW Network and Samsung TV Plus to add channels and content to its service.
FilmRise debuts the first five seasons of Brassic, one of Sky One’s most successful comedy series in seven years. Also joining the platform are seasons one and two of Romulus, an epic tale of the origin of Rome in the 8th century BC, seen through the eyes of Iemos, Euros, and Ilia, three people marked by death, loneliness, and violence.
The complete series of Prime Suspect and all five seasons of the iconic series Upstairs, Downstairs also debut on FilmRise, four seasons of the British realities series Nanny 911, and twelve seasons of The Hotel Inspector with hotelier Alex Plizza.
FilmRise is an ad-supported streaming platform with more than 50,000 scripted and unscripted TV series, films, and documentaries, including Death Valley Days, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Heartland, Bloodline Detectives, and Forensic Files. It’s available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, VIZIO, YouTube, Xbox, Google Play, and the App Store.