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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Jonathan Pie’s American Pie

11th December 2018

PRESS RELEASE

 

Jonathan Pie’s American Pie

Whizz Kid Entertainment and Slice Productions are delighted to announce that BBC Three have commissioned Jonathan Pie’s American Pie – a 60-minute mocku-docu-mentary, fronted by spoof news reporter Jonathan Pie (AKA comedian Tom Walker).

The programme will go live on the platform on 12th December 2018 and follows Jonathan Pie across the pond on the US campaign trail.

Pie is pretty annoyed with being sent to America; not only is Pie likely to miss his son’s fifth birthday party but to add insult injury, he also has a documentary crew in tow following his every move for an ob-doc on the life of a British news reporter.

Jonathan meets real people who don’t normally have a voice as he sorts through the utter carnage of US politics and delivers an extremely entertaining, witty take on Trump’s America. He talks to all sides: Republicans, Democrats and Independents whilst attempting to work out whether Trump is going to destroy the planet with his stance on climate change, his dubious relationships with volatile countries or his Twitter account.

Pie comes away with a lot of his preconceptions blown out of the water but also with a few intact as he tries to prove two things: Trump is an awful human being. Not all Trump voters are awful human beings.

 

Jonathan Pie, BBC News Reporter: “It was nice to be asked to do anything for BBC Three, personally I would have preferred the Question Time gig, but I wish Fiona Bruce well…and I assume Antiques Roadshow is now up for grabs?”

Executive Producer and Head of Comedy Entertainment for Whizz Kid Entertainment, Genevieve Dolittle says: “Having enjoyed collaborating with Jonathan Pie for a few years now, we are very excited to see how the character has evolved so brilliantly for a longform documentary.”

Commissioning Editor, BBC Entertainment Commissioning, Pinki Chambers, says: “’Tom Walker’s ‘Jonathan Pie’ creates waves with his strong opinions and delivery on various social media platforms. We’re delighted to bring some of those controversial views to BBC Three as he visits Trump’s America.’

Jonathan Pie’s American Pie will be available on BBC Three at 10am on the 12th December 2018. This is a collaboration between Whizz Kid Entertainment and Slice Productions. Pinki Chambers is Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment, and it was executive produced by Genevieve Dolittle, Malcolm Gerrie and Lisa Chapman from Whizz Kid Entertainment.

 

 

Notes to Editors:

Press contact:

Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment

Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682

Email: tracey@whizzkid.tv

Founded in 2006, Whizz Kid Entertainment is an independent UK production company majority-owned by entertainmentOne. The company’s CEO is Malcolm Gerrie and the Managing Director is Lisa Chapman. The board includes Chairman Stuart Baxter (President, International Distribution, entertainmentOne), Tara Long (Exec VP Of U.S. Alternative Programming) and Polly Williams (Head of Scripted Drama at Entertainment One & Creative England)

 

 

 

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE ACQUIRES MAJORITY STAKE IN UK NON-SCRIPTED LEADERS WHIZZ KID ENTERTAINMENT

Extending eOne’s Non-Scripted Capabilities into New Territories

Building on the Two Companies’ Successful Collaboration on the Upcoming US Version of
“Ex on the Beach” for MTV, Based on Whizz Kid’s Hit UK Format

April 6, 2018 – London/Los Angeles – Entertainment One (“eOne”) today announced that it has acquired a majority stake in UK non-scripted television production company Whizz Kid Entertainment (“Whizz Kid”), led by founder Malcolm Gerrie and Lisa Chapman.

Marking eOne’s first UK-based television production company acquisition, the transaction further broadens eOne’s robust UK business, a hub for the Company’s Family and Brands business, with marquee property Peppa Pig, as well as film, scripted television and international distribution operations. The move also represents eOne’s continued growth and investment in the non-scripted space and propels its dynamic non-scripted development and production capabilities into new territories.

The transatlantic non-scripted foothold is expected to build on the momentum of Ex on the Beach, the popular Whizz Kid format currently being adapted by eOne for MTV in the US, with additional US adaptations of audience-favorite Whizz Kid formats, while reciprocally bringing eOne’s expansive US non-scripted slate to the UK market.

“Whizz Kid gives us a strong footing in one of the most creative markets in the world and is a great first step in our ambitious non-scripted global expansion strategy,” said eOne’s Tara Long, EVP, Alternative, Television. “Malcolm is a highly-respected industry executive with broad experience in the international market. We couldn’t be more excited to hit the ground running together with new series on both sides of the Atlantic.”

“From the first moment we met Tara and the eOne non-scripted team we knew there was a real chemistry. eOne is a major player on the world stage and I’m thrilled to partner with them on this next chapter of the Whizz Kid story. Our former partners Ingenious have been terrific from the very beginning and we thank them and Patrick McKenna for all their unwavering support,’’ said Gerrie, CEO, Whizz Kid Entertainment.

‘’The team at Whizz Kid always set the bar high creatively,’’ added Lisa Chapman, Managing Director, Whizz Kid Entertainment. ‘’Having already collaborated on Ex on the Beach with eOne in the US, we are now looking forward to creating even more ambitious and daring global entertainment formats.’’

Established in 2006, Whizz Kid has a track record of creating resonant non-scripted brands, such as Ex on the Beach (9 seasons), Let’s Dance for BBC 1 (5 seasons) and the Life On Screen specials for BBC2 (co-produced with BAFTA).  The company is also a leading live event specialist producing the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) and numerous live events – which is a growing area of focus for eOne. Whizz Kid has long-standing relationships with key broadcasters in the UK including BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5, which through continued success will reinforce partnership potential across all genres and support eOne’s deep scripted development efforts in the UK.

Whizz Kid will continue to be led by Gerrie and Chapman, who will report to Long, and will operate under its own banner and brand. The rest of the senior team remains in place and will continue to focus on the development of original non-scripted entertainment programming with significant international appeal.

eOne‘s robust slate of non-scripted shows includes Death Row Chronicles for BET; 2017 Emmy® nominee for LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later; Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. the first biography to be authorized by the rapper’s estate for A&E; hit new series Siesta Key for MTV; The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show from executive producer Wilmer Valderrama for Fuse; Growing Up Hip Hop and Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, the docu-series franchise following the next generation of hip-hop royalty for WEtv; and Mary Mary for WEtv, among others.

eOne and Whizz Kid were brought together by WME. Whizz Kid was represented in the deal by ACF.

 

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One’s robust network includes newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.

The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.

For additional information:
Jackie Rubin
jrubin@entonegroup.com
424-274-4151

 

 

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VICKY PATTISON TO THE RESCUE WITH BRAND NEW MTV SHOW EX ON THE BEACH: BODY SOS

BRAND NEW SERIES PREMIERES

WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY AT 8PM, ON MTV!

WWW.MTV.CO.UK/BEACHBODYSOS  

@BEACHBODYSOS

#BEACHBODYSOS

 

The wait is finally over as everyone’s favourite Queen V is back! Vicky Pattison returns to MTV with brand new show, Ex On The Beach: Body SOS. Vicky is on a mission to help 16 individuals get beach body confident, tune into Ex On The Beach: Body SOS Wednesday 17th January at 8pm, on MTV!

Vicky and her squad of trusty trainers will be taking on two lucky individuals per episode, as they transform from eating kebabs to rock-hard abs! Whether exercising for the first time or learning to love the bodies they have, the 16 individuals will have 12 weeks to transform not only their bodies but their confidence. Expect a lot of sweat and even more tears…

Starting at Beach HQ in the UK, the aim of the game is to get the individuals to love the body they’re in. From weight loss to getting buff, each individual has his or her own goal and they’ll get to show off their hard work at their very own Ex On The Beach style reveal in Spain. Get ready for your jaws to hit the floor!

Vicky has been on her own, well-documented, weight loss journey so who better to motivate these beach body ready wannabes? From the gym floor to opening your fridge door, the Beach Body SOS team will be addressing fitness, nutrition and body positivity, proving that it doesn’t have to be a New Year to become a new you.

Vicky’s team of trainers include; Lee Constantinou, who was responsible for whipping Scarlett Moffat into shape, Aussie bikini babe Shona Vertue, Tyrone Brennand, who ran the London marathon as astronaut Tim Peake’s shadow runner, former Miss England and Britain’s Next Top Model contestant, Charlotte Holmes, Ex On The Beach alumni Joss Mooney, TOWIE’s Charlie King as well as former Love Island contender, Rykard Jenkins, who is definitely not shy about showing off his body…

The Tablet of Transformation will also be joining the best trainers and glam squad in the biz, motivating all 16 individuals as they improve not only their fitness but also their positive attitude towards their body.

Tune in to Ex On The Beach: Body SOS on Wednesday 17th January at 8pm, on MTV to see who will be beach body ready in time for their reveal.

 

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For more info please contact Insider Communications:

Rachel@insidercomms.com/ Rania@insidercomms.com

020 3667 3230

 

 

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BBC TWO DOCUMENTARY TO CELEBRATE MICHAEL PALIN’S LIFE ON SCREEN

BBC TWO DOCUMENTARY TO CELEBRATE MICHAEL PALIN’S LIFE ON SCREEN

Michael Palin: A Life on Screen will be co-produced by BAFTA Productions and Whizz Kid Entertainment

London, 5 December 2017:  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced that the life and career of Michael Palin CBE will be celebrated in an hour-long television special to be broadcast on BBC Two in the New Year

Michael Palin: A Life on Screen, co-produced by BAFTA Productions and Whizz Kid Entertainment, will reflect on Palin’s fascinating career as a BAFTA-winning actor, writer and presenter.  The programme also hears from some of Michael’s closest colleagues and friends, including John Cleese, David Jason and Connie Booth, who share their fond memories and candid stories of working with Michael.

Clare Brown, Director of Production at BAFTA, said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to shine a spotlight on Michael Palin’s wonderful career. Michael is hugely talented and his work has inspired so many people to discover their own love of comedy and travel throughout the past five decades. Following the BBC Two broadcast of Sir Lenny Henry: A Life on Screen last December, BAFTA Productions is proud to be continuing to profile incredible talent, and to make unmissable content for audiences around the world.”

Katherine Allen, Executive Producer at Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “We are delighted to be working with BAFTA Productions and BBC Two once again, to celebrate the life and career of one of Britain’s best-loved actors and presenters, Michael Palin. Michael has some truly wonderful stories to tell and his in-depth interview for the programme is a joy to watch.”

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC says: “BAFTA and Whizz Kid have made a terrific programme paying tribute to one of the country’s most versatile talents.  Whether he’s making us laugh, making us cry or showing us the world through new eyes he is, and will always be, at the top of his game.”

Palin started out as a writer for The Frost Report and The Late Show, before the BAFTA-winning Monty Python’s Flying Circus firmly established his comic reputation. As a founding member of the world-renowned comedy group he wrote and starred in forty-five Python episodes and five feature films.

Palin’s dramatic roles on television have included political drama GBH, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA in 1992. He has also written and presented a host of critically-acclaimed travel documentaries, including BAFTA-winning programmes Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure and Sahara, and BAFTA-nominated Full Circle, Himalaya, New Europe and Brazil, and also the arts documentary Michael Palin and the Mystery of Hammershoi.

Palin has also received BAFTA recognition for his film work; in 1989 he received the BAFTA for Leading Actor for his performance in A Fish Called Wanda, and The Monty Python team were honoured at the 1988 British Academy Film Awards with the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.

More recently, Palin received a BAFTA Fellowship at the British Academy Television Awards in 2013, in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to the moving image industries.

The Life on Screen series is produced and directed by Samantha Peters of Whizz Kid Entertainment, in partnership with BAFTA Productions, for BBC Two. These in-depth special programmes celebrate the career of some of the most outstanding British television and film talent.

 

Notes to Editors:

For further information on BAFTA productions and ‘Michael Palin: A Life on Screen’, please contact Amanda Hearn – 07540 745 492 – amanda.hearn@freuds.com

 

About BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For advice and inspiration from the best creative minds in working in film, games and television, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.

 

BAFTA Productions creates unique, unmissable content for its channels, clients and for broadcasters all over the world. With exclusive access to BAFTA events and unrivalled contacts within the film, television and games industries, BAFTA Productions makes exceptional talent available to a global audience.

 

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WORLD RENOWNED DJ FATBOY SLIM JOINS JULIEN TEMPLE’S GENRE-BUSTING PROJECT IBIZA – THE SILENT MOVIE AS MUSIC DIRECTOR


Cornerstone Films to handle worldwide sales and distribution

 

London – October 17, 2017 – Legendary music film director Julien Temple’s (Glastonbury, The Filth and the Fury, London, The Modern Babylon) Ibiza – The Silent Movie, currently undergoing principal photography in Ibiza, has added Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) to collaborate with Temple as its music director. This unique and innovative project, financed by leading international entertainment production and finance company Silver Reel and BBC Music, based around a feature length documentary film will provide a compelling audiovisual journey into 2,000 years of Ibiza’s bohemian soul. The film will capture Temple’s iconic style and will feature music from and curated by renowned artist Fatboy Slim (Right Here, Right Now; Praise You; Weapon of Choice).

Temple says; “With the incredible 2,000 year history of this magical island as a subject and the genius of Norman Cook now on board to produce a soundtrack you can dance to, we believe this film will take event media to a whole new level”.

An Essential Arts Entertainment, Whizz Kid Entertainment and Nitrate Film production, Ibiza – The Silent Movie is developed from an original idea by Whizz Kid Entertainment’s CEO Malcolm Gerrie, and reunites Temple with Essential Arts Entertainment’s Richard Conway and Andrew Curtis (The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, Habaneros) who are producing the film. Gerrie and the BBC’s Jan Younghusband are executive producers, and the BBC has the UK TV rights.

Cornerstone Films will oversee worldwide film sales and distribution.

 

For further information, please contact:

Anna Bohlin/ Cornerstone Films

ab@cornerstonefilm.com

+44 771734 6058/ +46 76326 0578

 

ABOUT CORNERSTONE FILMS

Cornerstone Films is a London/LA based international film production and sales company. A leader in its field, the company was launched in the spring of 2015 by Mark Gooder and Alison Thompson.  Cornerstone represents and curates a diverse slate of films of enduring quality, ranging from commercial wide release movies to talent-driven films from world-renowned filmmakers.  The company secures rights to some of the best independently produced films, optimising the value of those rights by exploiting them across the world through sales and distribution to studios and independent distributors.  The company is building long-term relationships with global producing partners, offering creative and market-place support early in the production process and collaborates closely with German production and distribution company X-Filme.

 

Cornerstone’s slate includes: Mike Leigh’s upcoming British historical drama Peterloo; Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut Georgetown starring Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave, and Annette Bening; The Kill Team by Academy Award® nominated director Dan Krauss, starring Nat Wolff and Emmy award-winner Alexander Skarsgård; Daniel Kokotajlo’s award-winning Apostasy which had its world premiere in the Discovery section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival; boxing drama Journeyman by writer, director and actor Paddy Considine which had its world premiere at the London Film Festival; Henry-Alex Rubin’s crime-thriller Semper Fi; The Chocolate Money directed by Adam Shankman; John Turturro’s dramatic comedy Going Places starring among others Turturro and Susan Sarandon. Currently on release is BAFTA Award-winning director Joel Hopkins’s Hampstead; starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson. In addition, the company previously handled Mick Jackson’s Denial, starring Academy Award® Winner Rachel Weisz alongside two-time Academy Award® nominated Tom Wilkinson; Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin starring Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, and Brendan Gleeson; and Asif Kapadia’s Academy Award® winning Amy Winehouse documentary Amy.

 

ABOUT WHIZZ KID ENTERTAINMENT

Whizz Kid Entertainment, is an independent content production company founded by CEO Malcolm Gerrie in 2006. Headquartered in London the business produces a wide variety of high-quality programmes specialising in formatted entertainment, live events, music, digital and arts programming.
Production highlights include: ‘Let’s Dance for Comic/Sport Relief ‘(BBC1), the ‘EE British Academy Film Awards’ (BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3), ‘Camp Bestival’ and ‘Bestival 3D’ (Sky Arts / Sky 3D), ‘The Turner Prize’ for Channel 4, ‘The Nokia Green Room’ (Channel 4), ‘U2 360 at the Rose Bowl’ (Sky One/ YouTube), ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ (Channel 4), ‘George Michael the Road to Wembley’ (Channel 4), ‘Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden’ (ITV1/ITV2), Dancing Through the Blitz: Blackpool’s Big Band Story’ (BBC2), ‘Lip Sync Battle’ for Channel 5, ‘Julie Walters A Life on Screen’ and ‘Stephen Fry: A Life on Screen’ (a co-production with BAFTA Productions) for BBC Two. The chairman of Whizz Kid Entertainment is Patrick McKenna and MD is Lisa Chapman. Ingenious Group is a shareholder in Whizz Kid Entertainment. http://www.whizzkid.tv/

 

ABOUT ESSENTIAL ARTS ENTERTAINMENT

Essential Arts was set up two years ago by three leading music, film and television industry figures with over 80 years of experience by Producer Richard Conway, Music Executive Jim Gottlieb and Director Julien Temple with the intention of sourcing, developing and producing music based projects for Film, Television and multi- media platform release involving unique artists of integrity, authenticity and passion and subjects of substance, depth and meaning whose appeal is commercial, cultural and timeless. Previous projects include the critically acclaimed The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, Julien Temple’s “Habaneros” currently in final stages of post production and now in active production, the Julien Temple’s “Ibiza – The Silent Movie”.

 

ABOUT NITRATE FILM

Nitrate Film is Julien’s own production company that for many years has produced and directed both fiction and non-fiction releases winning critical and multiple awards along the way. Films include The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, The Filth and the Fury, The Future is Unwritten, Glastonbury, London The Modern Babylon and the Grierson award winning Requiem For Detroit?.

 

ABOUT SILVER REEL

Silver Reel is a leading international entertainment production and finance company creating elevated, high-quality content. Established in 2009, Silver Reel has developed, executive produced and produced 35 feature films with a production volume exceeding 600m USD including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson, the critically acclaimed thriller Eye in the Sky starring Helen Mirren and Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

 

Current releases include Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. Other films include The Wife, starring six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce as husband and wife, directed by Berlin Silver Bear winner Bjorn Runge and the highly anticipated Loving Vincent, currently in release, the first fully painted animated film about Vincent van Gogh.

 

ABOUT BBC MUSIC

BBC Music will present a feast of television programming this autumn. This October, BBC One broadcasts a new six-part primetime music series, Sounds Like Friday Night, produced by the award-winning independent production company Fulwell 73. Last month, BBC Music brought live coverage of The Mercury Prize on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music. BBC Studios presented Later 25 at the Royal Albert Hall, a special edition of Jools Holland’s show celebrating 25 years on BBC Two last month. This November, BBC One broadcasts Harry Styles at the BBC and Sam Smith at the BBC.

ABOUT FATBOY SLIM

Beach party and hedonistic party pioneer Fatboy Slim is well known for his pursuit of fun and firsts. From DJ’ing in the toilets at Manumission, to playing on the great wall of china, to 250k people on Brighton Beach to the houses of parliament, Igloos in Austria, Flamingo Beach in Brazil and can now claim to have played the most consecutive Glastonbury’s of any artist, 19 and counting He is an international platinum recording artist having sold over 10 million albums with accolades as far reaching as MTV best video awards, Grammys and a Brit. He has previously worked with Baz Lurhman and McG of Charlies Angels fame on film scores but working with Julien Temple as music director on Silent Movie is a real first.

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WHIZZ KID ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING BACK PIMP MY RIDE TO UK

WHIZZ KID ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING BACK PIMP MY RIDE TO UK

Ex On The Beach indie strikes new deal for classic format

 

MIPCOM 2017

Award-winning UK independent producer Whizz Kid Entertainment has announced that it has struck a deal via its US agent partner WME to option the format rights to Pimp My Ride from the US-based originators of the format Breakfast Anytime Inc. WME brokered the deal in conjunction with Breakfast Anytime format consultant Alex Fraser.

The original series of Pimp My Ride launched in 2004 to a weekly average audience of 5 million viewers on MTV USA.  Since then it has been seen by 1.6 billion people worldwide and continues to be one of the highest rating re-run shows in MTV history. The format was sold to 171 territories around the world. In the original format, each episode saw one hopeful selected to have their car given the ultimate makeover with a star host. LA Based production company Breakfast Anytime Inc has recently brought the rights to the format back in house.

Rick Hurvitz, President at Breakfast Anytime Inc said: ‘Pimp My Ride is an evergreen format with terrific potential for innovation – and for that we needed a producer partner in the UK with the credibility, creativity and prestige to give this format the best possible relaunch. The talented group of visionary producers at Whizz Kid have a clear vision for the future of this franchise in the UK and beyond and as one of the pivotal territories for format innovation and exploitation and as such see this deal as the perfect gateway to refresh this well-loved show.’

Whizz Kid’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Gerrie said ‘I met the format originators Rick Hurvitz and Ari Shofet in LA and we hit it off immediately.  I’ve always loved Pimp My Ride and between us we’re going to give this classic brand its own unique makeover.  We are thrilled to be bringing it back to the UK and have exciting plans for its relaunch.’

Head Of Development Caroline Roseman added “The success of reinvented brands such as Through The Keyhole and Blind Date has demonstrated that the UK audience will always embrace the return of a much-loved show.   What makes the relaunch such an exciting proposition is that in its 10-year hiatus, what’s now possible to achieve both on the inside and outside of a car will really blow people’s minds.  We want to supercharge and supersize the format for the UK market.’

 

About Whizz Kid Entertainment:

Whizz Kid Entertainment produces award-winning programming across a wide range of genres, including entertainment, factual entertainment, events and music. Founded in 2006 by acclaimed producer Malcom Gerrie, the company is majority owned by Gerrie and Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited.

Whizz Kid’s mission is to create and produce premium multi-platform content across the entertainment, music and events spectrum.   Its success can be measured in its many high-profile commissions, which include Ex on the Beach for MTV International,   The BAFTA Film Awards for the BBC; Lip Sync Battle for Channel 5 and Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief for BBC1.

 

For further information on Whizz Kid Entertainment, please contact:

Cheryl Clarke at Mushroom Media on:
Tel: +44 (0)7939554109
E: cheryl@mushroom-media.co.uk

 

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NEW BBC TWO DOCUMENTARY TO CELEBRATE SIR LENNY HENRY THIS CHRISTMAS

NEW BBC TWO DOCUMENTARY TO CELEBRATE
SIR LENNY HENRY THIS CHRISTMAS

 Sir Lenny Henry: A Life on Screen is an in-depth TV special on the BAFTA-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer, co-produced by BAFTA Productions and Whizz Kid Entertainment

London, 22 November 2016: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced today that Sir Lenny Henry, one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and writers, will be celebrated in an hour-long television special to be broadcast on BBC Two this Christmas. The programme is co-produced by BAFTA Productions and Whizz Kid Entertainment.

The one-off special will delve in to the archives to showcase some of Lenny’s incredible work, spanning his 41 years in show business – from his early appearance on New Faces, through his instrumental roles in Tiswas and Comic Relief, to becoming one of Britain’s most diverse and critically acclaimed performers.

The programme will feature interviews with close friends and colleagues who helped shape Sir Lenny’s glittering career, such as Richard Curtis, Kim Fuller, Michael Grade, Trevor McDonald and Chris Tarrant, as well an in-depth interview with Sir Lenny himself. The programme is to be produced by Samantha Peters who has been the inspirational Producer of the three Life On Screen series to date.

Clare Brown, Director of Production at BAFTA, said: “Following the Special Award that we presented to Sir Lenny at the British Academy Television Awards earlier this year, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to create a programme that illustrates the versatility and passion of this talented performer this Christmas.”

Katherine Allen, Executive Producer at Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: We are incredibly happy to be working once again with BBC Two and BAFTA Productions to shine the spotlight on another fantastic entertainer, Sir Lenny Henry.”

Pinki Chambers, Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment, said: “Viewers are in for a real treat as we see Lenny and the people closest to him share some hilarious and interesting stories behind the some of his most memorable shows.”

Patrick Holland, Channel Editor of BBC Two, and Pinki Chambers, Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment, commissioned the programme. Executive Producers are Clare Brown for BAFTA Productions and Katherine Allen for Whizz Kid Entertainment.

Sir Lenny Henry: A Life on Screen will air this Christmas on BBC Two.

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Notes to Editors:
For further information on BAFTA Productions and ‘Lenny Henry: A Life in Television’ please contact:
Amanda Hearn at freuds
T 07540 745 492
E amanda.hearn@freuds.com

For further information on Whizz Kid Entertainment please contact:
Justin Crosby at Boom! PR
T 0203 176 6688/ 07966 22836
E justin@boomdialogue.com

About BAFTA
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.

BAFTA Productions creates unique, unmissable content for its channels, clients and for broadcasters all over the world. With exclusive access to BAFTA events and unrivalled contacts within the film, television and games industries, BAFTA Productions makes exceptional talent available to a global audience.

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LET`S SING AND DANCE WITH MEL AND SUE

Mel and Sue to present Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief

Earlier this month, BBC One announced Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief. Today Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are confirmed as hosts for the brand new Saturday night prime time show.

Mel and Sue will bring their own formidable and comic double act to Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief with access all areas to the performing celebrities’ routines, breath-taking – in more ways than one – vocals.

Mel Giedroyc says*: “Since leaving the Royal Ballet twelve years ago, Mel is really looking forward to getting back on her points and showing the brave Comic Relief celebrity dancers how to split leap and ball change. She’s delighted to be taking time out from her busy schedule at the Royal Opera House (she was recently called “a complete and utter Tosca” in the starring role of the eponymous opera) to take part in co-hosting duties for Let’s Sing and Dance For Comic Relief.”
Sue Perkins says: “I’m thrilled to be co-presenting Lets Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, not least because it will finally show the world why I was voted West Penwith’s Krumping Champion (over 40s category).”
Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content says: “Mel and Sue are the perfect pairing to present BBC One’s Saturday night singing and dancing extravaganza for Comic Relief.”

Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning says: “Bringing Mel and Sue to BBC One on a Saturday night is hugely exciting. Their warmth, wit, charm and chemistry married with their genuine love of entertainment are all a perfect fit for Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief. They will challenge contestants to stretch their hamstrings, vocal chords and of course don red noses in the most memorable way possible.”

BBC Worldwide will oversee the international format rights for the series with BBC Worldwide’s Nicki McDermott, Head of Format and Entertainment Acquisitions adding: “We’ve already seen how internationally appealing dancing has been, so we’re confident that the multi-tasking opportunities and pitfalls that singing adds to the mix will see many other countries wanting to emulate the entertainment values this series affords viewers everywhere.”

Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief will be on BBC One next year ahead of Red Nose Day 2017. It will be produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment. Jo Wallace is Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment, and it will be executive produced by Malcolm Gerrie and Lisa Chapman from Whizz Kid Entertainment and Nic McNeilis.

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