Ant and Dec ‘looking to branch out on streaming platforms’ like Netflix

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Ant and Dec are reported to be looking to branch out their TV careers further, and are looking into appearing on streaming platforms such as Netflix.

Th presenting duo, who host I’m a Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent, are said to have made the decision after 20 years of appearing on terrestrial TV.

Ant, who’s ex wife Lisa Armstrong has reportedly moved on with a new man, and his TV bestie Dec are said to have hired a new business manager, who is said to be tasked with working on “new streaming opportunities” for the pair.

An insider told The Sun: “Ant and Dec have dominated our screens for years but now they’d like to have a shot working with the streaming giants – including Netflix.

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“They’re tied up in a mega-money deal with ITV so won’t be appearing on screen but want their production company to push into the market.

“There are endless opportunities for their old formats which could end up being put onto streaming platforms.

“They own the back catalogue to Byker Grove and SMTV so there’s scope to get those back out there for fans on a platform like Netflix.

“Plus there are new and exciting ideas that their teams have come up with that could work really well for the streaming giants.

“Netflix is the obvious target but there is scope for ideas that could work on Apple and Amazon too.

“Ant and Dec’s TV business is hugely lucrative, as well as massively successful, and this could be another huge money spinner for them.”

It comes as ITV announced a big change to this year’s I’m A Celebrity, which the pair host.

Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television at ITV said: “We announced last week that we were doing all we could to make the series and I’m thrilled that we can bring the show to viewers albeit not in the jungle. We have a great team both on and off screen and I know they will produce a hugely entertaining series.”

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And, Richard Cowles, Director of Entertainment at ITV Studios said: “We pulled out all the stops to try and make the series happen in Australia. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and despite us looking at many different contingencies, it became apparent that it just wasn’t possible for us to travel and make the show there. However, we are all really excited about a UK version of I’m A Celebrity. While it will certainly be different producing the show from the UK, the same tone and feel will remain.

“Our celebrities will probably have to swap shorts for thermals but they can still look forward to a basic diet of rice and beans and plenty of thrills and surprises along the way”.

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