The Incorporated Television Company
(or ITC Entertainment
as it was more commonly referred to on-screen) was a British
television company largely involved in production and distribution. It was founded by Lew Grade
ITC was founded by television mogul Lew Grade
in 1954 as the Incorporated Television Programme Company
. Originally designed to be a contractor for the UK's new ITV
, the company failed to win a contract when the Independent Television Authority
felt that doing so would give too much control in the entertainment business to the Grade family's companies (which included large talent agencies and theatre interests) although the ITA said that ITPC were free to make their own programmes which they could sell to the new network companies.
However, the winner of one of the contracts, the Associated Broadcasting Development Company, had insufficient funds to start broadcasting, so ITC was brought into the consortium and Lew Grade came to dominate it.
From 1955 - 1966, ITC (known from 1954-1957 as ITP) was a subsidiary of the Associated Broadcasting Company
(ABC) which soon changed its name to Associated TeleVision
(ATV) after threats of legal action from fellow ITV company Associated British Corporation
- and produced its own programmes for ATV and syndication in the United States. It... Read More