Whizz Kid Entertainment

Whizz Kid Entertainment is a high-profile established independent production company based in the heart of London. It is jointly owned by Ingenious Capital Management Ltd and founder and CEO Malcolm Gerrie.

The company is trusted producer of prime-time entertainment in a range of genres for all the major UK broadcasters and enjoys an enviable track record in format origination, high-quality output and access to major talent.

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Let’s Dance…For Sport Relief

The BBC today announced the return of celebrity packed dance extravaganza Let’s Dance…For Sport Relief. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones, the popular primetime entertainment show, will return to BBC One, with a host of stars eager to step in to their sparkly pumps in aid of Sport Relief. The four x 60 minute series will see famous faces from comedy, sport and television dance their version of famous dances from the world of films, pop promos and stage shows in a bid to be crowned champion of the dance-floor by viewers.

Last series, comedian Robert Webb’s unforgettable rendition of What a Feeling from Flashdance won over viewers who voted him the overall champion of the competition. So, who will compel with their classic dance moves? Whose hip moves will be hilarious? And most importantly, who will win this year’s momentous battle?

The series will run over four Saturday nights, comprising three heats and culminate in a spectacular final dance-off ahead of 2010’s big night of Sport Relief. The celebrities will work with a team of top choreographers to master their dance moves and then take to the floor to give the performance of their lives in front of a live studio audience and a panel of fellow celebrities. Who gets through to the final and who wins is up to the viewers and the panel. Proceeds from the voting will go to Sport Relief.

Jo Wallace, BBC Executive for Entertainment, said: “Saturday nights on the BBC are all about eventful, big, fun, family entertainment and Lets Dance…for Sport Relief absolutely fits that bill. Following on from the last series, the celebrity packed show aims to have audiences singing and dancing along in their living rooms and no doubt in fits of laughter, as the stars of the show try to impress them and the judges with their dance moves, all in the name of charity.”

Malcolm Gerrie Chief Executive of Whizz Kid said: “We are delighted that Let’s Dance…For Sport Relief is back on BBC One. The last series surpassed all expectations drawing in weekly audiences of almost 8 million. We plan to make this series even bigger and better.”

Kevin Cahill, CEO, Comic Relief added: “Let’s Dance…For Comic Relief was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Red Nose Day 09 and I’m delighted that it’s back again this time for Sport Relief. We are confident the artists taking part will inspire viewers to rise to the challenge for Sport Relief. The campaign gets bigger each time we do it. Let’s Dance for Sport Relief will help secure its place in the hearts of the nation.”

Claudia Winkleman said: “I have always said I would do anything Comic Relief ask me to do. I would eat tangerines for a month and I would live in a kayak. The fact they ask me to stand next to a tall handsome Welsh boy and introduce comics and actors re-creating famous dances is extremely lucky. Working on Let’s Dance is the most fun a presenter can have. And that’s a fact.”

Steve Jones added: “Last years’ Let’s Dance was probably the most fun I’ve ever had working on a show.”

The show will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment for the BBC. Jo Wallace is the executive producer for the BBC. The series was commissioned by Jo Wallace and Jay Hunt, Controller of BBC One.

 

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Contact:

Pamela Anderson/Julia D’Rozario 
Tel: 020 8576 7797 
Email: pamela.anderson@bbc.co.uk/julia.d’ rozario@bbc.co.uk

 

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Whizz Kid Entertainment to produce Being… for T4

Independent production company Whizz Kid Entertainment has been commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a broadcast pilot for a new entertainment series called Being… on T4. Fun, stylish and dripping with celebrity access, it is a show for the celebrity-hungry audience of the Noughties.

By using the most up to date technology, Being… will let audiences get a glimpse of how celebrities really live. A pin-hole camera fixed at eye level will be attached to the artist to create original, eclectic and intimate content. Whether the subject is appearing on a TV show, playing a gig, getting a fake tan, meeting fans, visiting a celebrity friend, walking their dogs or spending the day at Disneyland with their Gran the show will capture a colourful and unique day all shot through the actual eyes of the celebrity.

Due to be aired on 24th May at 1pm on T4 Sunday, the pilot features The Saturdays and Alesha Dixon. Whizz Kid Entertainment are currently in discussions with several brands to sponsor a series.

Lisa Chapman, Managing Director at Whizz Kid Entertainment comments: “Being… proves again how Whizz Kid Entertainment is versatile and creative in developing fresh entertainment formats. The Nokia Green Room broke new ground combining live music with ‘reality’ style TV and we hope Being… will do the same for the ‘celebrity access’ format with it’s unique ‘point of view’ twist. We are delighted to be working with Channel 4 again and are working with them to secure an exciting series sponsor.”

Neil McCallum, Head of T4 & Music at Channel 4 comments: “Being… looks set to give unprecedented and intimate access to two of the UK’s hottest musical acts, Alesha Dixon & The Saturday’s. Through state of the art technology, we aim to get an honest snapshot of what it is to be a popstar on the 2009 promo trail, as well as seeing them away from the limelight and being themselves.”

 

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Whizz Kid Entertainment was launched in 2006 and is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and former Initial CEO Malcolm Gerrie. The company was created to produce top quality programmes across a wide-range of genres including Entertainment; Factual Entertainment; Events and Music and has experienced in-house specialists in each field.

In a short time Whizz Kid Entertainment has secured a raft of commissions including Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1), Elton’s New Year’s Eve Party – Live From the O2 Arena (ITV1 & ITV3), Countdown To Midnight: Take That & Guests Live At The O2 (ITV1 & ITV2), Happy Birthday Elton! (ITV1), The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BBC1), The BAFTA Television Awards (BBC1), George Michael: The Road To Wembley (Channel 4), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4) Beauty And The Best (LivingTV), Help! I’ve Got A High Maintenance …. (five) plus a major on-line production – The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for Bloomsbury Publishing.

Tough Cookie forms a key part of our strategy to deliver 360 degree multi-platform programming and have produced video content from over 400 artists (including Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, McFly and Pussycat Dolls). Tough Cookie have been heavily involved in the development of BBC Radio’s online and mobile strategy. Productions include BBC Electric Proms, 6Music Hub Sessions, BBC Radio2 Music Club and content for BBC Radio1, 1xtra, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Red Button

For further information please visit:

www.whizzkid.tv or contact:
Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment
Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682
Email: tracey@whizzkid.tv

Vicky Beaney, Eulogy! or Anne Fuller, Eulogy!
Tel: 0207 927 999
whizzkid@eulogy.co.uk

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Let’s Dance For Comic Relief Ends On A High

Let’s Dance for Comic Relief – the celebrity dance series from the BBC and Whizz Kid Entertainment – was the most watched programme in the UK on Saturday night, with a staggering 8.6 million viewers tuning in for the grand final. The series has enjoyed tremendous ratings success in the UK, with the penultimate episode attracting a peak of 8.7 million viewers (37.3%) on Saturday 7th March.

The four-week long, hugely popular live entertainment series formed a key part of the BBC’s Comic Relief programming schedule, running weekly on BBC1 from 21st February through to the final on 14th March. The British public demonstrated genuine support for the programme and raised over £300,000 for Comic Relief.

After weeks of voting, the British public chose the following celebrities to perform in the final programme: comedian Jo Brand, presenters Dick and Dom, Peep Show actor Robert Webb, athletes Denise Lewis and Martin Offiah, comedians Paddy McGuinness and Keith Lemon, and The Bill actors Lisa Maxwell and Patrick Robinson. In the end Robert Webb’s Flashdance routine, which developed into an online sensation over the course of the series, received the highest number of votes from the public and led him to be crowned winner.

Whizz Kid Entertainment, jointly owned by Malcolm Gerrie and Ingenious Media, partnered with FremantleMedia to produce the popular series worldwide. Rob Clark, Senior Executive Vice President, Entertainment and Production, Worldwide Entertainment for FremantleMedia said: “We’re delighted to be working with a company with such a fantastic track record as Whizz Kid Entertainment, and to be using our global network of production companies to take Let’s Dance to audiences around the world. The show has had fantastic ratings in the UK, and we hope to see the same success in other countries. We’re so pleased to be involved in producing this great original format.”

The series saw different celebrities each week performing a dance routine in front of a live studio audience and panel of experts. Each 75-minute episode featured iconic dances, with everything from movie classics to famous music video routines making an appearance.

Malcolm Gerrie, CEO of Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “We hoped we were on to a winning formula with Let’s Dance for Comic Relief but none of us could have predicted the huge success we achieved. The format has clearly captured the imagination of the nation, both young and old, driving the ratings way above the slot average. The media coverage has also been phenomenal across TV, radio, press and online, creating what can only be described as a ‘cult smash hit’ for the BBC. But most satisfying for all of those in front and behind the camera are the amazing awareness and substantial sum of money that we raised for Comic Relief.”

 

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Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones, is an exciting new live entertainment series, which sees some of the nation’s favourite celebrities pay homage to iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers with their moves. Donning their dancing shoes, they will fight for a chance to be crowned champion of the dancefloor. The series ran over four weeks, comprising three heats and culminating in a spectacular final dance off on Comic Relief weekend on 14th March. Each week viewers voted for their favourite dancers until someone is crowned the Let’s Dance for Comic Relief Champion on the big night.

Whizz Kid Entertainment was launched in 2006 and is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and former Initial CEO Malcolm Gerrie. The company was created to produce top quality programmes across a wide-range of genres including Entertainment; Factual Entertainment; Events and Music and has experienced in-house specialists in each field. In a short time Whizz Kid Entertainment has secured a raft of commissions including Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1), Elton’s New Year’s Eve Party – Live From the O2 Arena (ITV1 & ITV3), Countdown To Midnight: Take That & Guests Live At The O2 (ITV1 & ITV2), Happy Birthday Elton! (ITV1), The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BBC1), The BAFTA Television Awards (BBC1), George Michael: The Road To Wembley (Channel 4), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4) Beauty And The Best (LivingTV), Help! I’ve Got A High Maintenance …. (five) plus a major on-line production – The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for Bloomsbury Publishing.

About Comic Relief

Red Nose Day 2009 has raised more than a whopping £59 million so far

To make a donation, call 03457 910910 (Calls to our new 0345 number will cost the same as calls to 01 and 02 prefixed numbers and will be included as part of any inclusive minutes or discount package)

Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England / Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

Comic Relief spends all the money raised giving extremely poor and disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa a helping hand to turn their lives around

The Comic Relief promise

In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary significant costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public a pound goes to helping transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Red Nose Day raises £50 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £50 million doing just that. It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest.

For further information please visit:

www.whizzkid.tv or contact: 
Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment 
Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682 
Email: tracey@whizzkid.tv.

Vicky Beaney, Eulogy! Jessie Winston, Eulogy! Anne Fuller, Eulogy! 
Tel: 0207 927 9999 
Email: vicky@eulogy.co.uk 
Email: jessie@eulogy.co.uk 
Email: anne@eulogy.co.uk

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Let’s Dance For Comic Relief Goes Interactive

BBC Interactive has commissioned Tough Cookie, part of independent production company Whizz Kid Entertainment, to produce exclusive online video content for Comic Relief’s ‘Let’s Dance’ website. www.bbc.co.uk/letsdance

Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment and Dance Floor Limited, is an exciting new live entertainment series which will run over a 4 week period. It sees some of the nation’s favourite celebrities pay homage to iconic dance routines from films through to music videos, in a bid to wow viewers with their moves. Donning their dancing shoes, they will fight for a chance to be crowned champion of the dance floor. The prime time show launches on BBC One at 6.35pm on Saturday 21st February.

The ‘Let’s Dance’ website will be continuously updated with Tough Cookie content throughout the duration of Comic Relief. Week by week, the site will feature fresh exclusive content including clips from the show, “guess the celebrity” videos, rehearsal clips and backstage footage following individual celebrities right the way through to the finale of the programme. Filming will capture everything from the celebrity’s arrival at the show, rehearsals, pre – act nerves and the grand unveiling performance in front of a live studio audience.

Interaction is integral to the website, so to give viewers the chance to get involved, the show’s top choreographer Richard Marcel will appear in video dance tutorials, giving viewers the chance to master the iconic dance routines featured on the show for themselves.

Andy Wood, Operations Director at Tough Cookie, comments:

“This cross – platform content deal will really complement all the exciting broadcast activity around the programme, bringing Let’s Dance for Comic Relief to life online. This content will be developed completely in-house and we are delighted to be working with the BBC and Comic Relief on such a great cause.”

 

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Whizz Kid Entertainment was launched in 2006 and is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and former Initial CEO Malcolm Gerrie. The company was created to produce top quality programmes across a wide-range of genres including Entertainment; Factual Entertainment; Events and Music and has experienced in-house specialists in each field.

In a short time Whizz Kid Entertainment has secured a raft of commissions including Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1), Elton’s New Year’s Eve Party – Live From the O2 Arena (ITV1 & ITV3), Countdown To Midnight: Take That & Guests Live At The O2 (ITV1 & ITV2), Happy Birthday Elton! (ITV1), The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BBC1), The BAFTA Television Awards (BBC1), George Michael: The Road To Wembley (Channel 4), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4) Beauty And

The Best (LivingTV), Help! I’ve Got A High Maintenance …. (five) plus a major on-line production – The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for Bloomsbury Publishing.

Tough Cookie forms a key part of our strategy to deliver 360 degree multi-platform programming and have produced video content from over 400 artists (including Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, McFly and Pussycat Dolls). Tough Cookie have been heavily involved in the development of BBC Radio’s online and mobile strategy. Productions include BBC Electric Proms, 6Music Hub Sessions, BBC Radio2 Music Club and content for BBC Radio1, 1xtra, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Red Button

For further information please visit: 

www.whizzkid.tv or contact: 
Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment 
Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682 
Email: tracey@whizzkid.tv.

Vicky Beaney, Eulogy! Jessie Winston, Eulogy! Anne Fuller, Eulogy! 
Tel: 0207 927 9999 
Email: vicky@eulogy.co.uk 
Email: jessie@eulogy.co.uk 
Email: anne@eulogy.co.uk

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Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones to host celebrity dance extravaganza for Comic Relief

Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones are set to host a brand new celebrity dance extravaganza for BBC One as part of this year’s Red Nose Day campaign from Saturday 21st February.

Let’s Dance for Comic Relief is an exciting new live entertainment series which sees some of the nation’s favourite celebrities pay homage to iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers with their moves. Donning their dancing shoes, they will fight for a chance to be crowned champion of the dancefloor.

The acts will be a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups. Each week celebrities will recreate a number of famous dances from movie classics such as Saturday Night Fever and High School Musical to pop classics such as Baby One More Time (Britney Spears) and Thriller (Michael Jackson).

The series will run over four weeks, comprising three heats and culminating in a spectacular final dance off on Comic Relief weekend. Each week viewers will vote for their favourite dancers until someone is crowned the Let’s Dance for Comic Relief Champion on the 14th March.

The celebrities will work with a team of top choreographers to master the dance moves and with a team of stylists to represent their dance icon’s look. They will then take to the floor to give the performance of their lives in front of a live studio audience and a panel of experts. Who goes through to the grand final is then up to the viewers and the panel. Proceeds from the voting will go to Comic Relief.

Jo Wallace, Executive Editor, BBC Entertainment says: “I’m delighted to bring what will be a brand new entertainment format to the Comic Relief portfolio. It’s exciting to have Claudia and Steve on board as presenters and the celebrities’ iconic dances will have BBC One viewers glued to their screens!”

Malcolm Gerrie, Chief Executive of Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “This latest commission builds on Whizz Kid’s reputation for producing genuinely exciting live entertainment programming. Let’s Dance for Comic Relief,/i> will offer viewers a combination of great talent, great music and great performances, and we are thrilled to be involved in something as important and worthwhile as Comic Relief.”

Kevin Cahill, CEO, Comic Relief said: ““I am really excited about the format of this show and delighted that it is going to help us raise enthusiasm, awareness and most importantly cash for the Red Nose Day 2009 campaign.”

The show will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment for the BBC.

 

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