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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Brian Conley returns to a TV near you to host TIMELINE a brand new game show for Challenge

Challenge today announces the commission of a brand new game show Timeline hosted by comedian and TV presenter Brian Conley. In this exciting new, studio-based show, three teams of contestants will compete against each other in a race against the clock to place in order key historical moments, cultural items, weights or distances, on a Timeline. The 10 part series, produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment, will premiere on the channel in early 2014 (TBC).

Each week, three teams of two will compete against the clock to complete a timeline from a choice of three categories. Each correct item on their Timeline, placed via a touch-screen panel, will earn the teams points. The team who scores the most and makes it to the final round will only have the time remaining on their clock to play the big money game. It means time really is money!

Family favourite and funny-man Brian Conley takes on the role of master of ceremonies as each round of Timeline brings a new twist with increasing levels of difficulty. Whether it’s placing game shows in the order they appeared on TV, or working out which came first – the VCR or Live Aid, Brian will use his charm and charisma to interact with contestants, revealing whether the teams have placed their items correctly on Timeline.

In the final nerve wracking round, the remaining team with the most points will have the opportunity to win a big cash prize, but will they have enough time? The clock will be ticking…

Brian Conley comments; “I can’t wait to start the clock and get cracking on Timeline. On paper this show sounds simple but in reality it’s much trickier than it looks. Time literally is money and I can’t wait to meet the couples who are going to step up to the challenge. Let the mayhem commence.”

Stephen Ladlow, Director of Challenge adds; “I’m thrilled to be announcing Timeline on Challenge. It’s the perfect show for the channel and I couldn’t think of anyone better to be at the helm than the legendary Brian Conley. He’s going to be a smash hit with the contestants and Challenge viewers alike!”

Lisa Chapman, Managing Director: Whizz Kid Entertainment Ltd adds; ”Whizz Kid Entertainment is delighted to be working with Challenge on our exciting brand new game show – Timeline. The series has huge entertainment value with its mix of nostalgia and fast-paced trivia, and with Brian Conley at the helm it will also have a lot of laughs.”

The series was commissioned by Chris Brogden, Commissioning Editor, Sky Entertainment. Timeline marks Sky’s further commitment to commission quality content for Challenge since it re-launched on Freeview in 2011 and Freesat in 2012. Sky promises to deliver high-quality, content to customers, supported by a commitment to increase investment in programming to £600 million by 2014, an increase of more than 50% over three years. Timeline aims to emulate the success of the channels other key commissioned programming, including Takeshi’s Castle Rebooted, Blockbusters and TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp.

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Further information:

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Publicist, Sky Arts
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Notes to editors: 

About …Talks Music
For Whizz Kid
Host and Executive Producer – Malcolm Gerrie
Director and Executive Producer – Jeff Wurtz
Executive Producers – Sally Atkins & Lisa Chapman
Producer- Shawn Tesser
For Sky
Commissioning Editor – Barbara Lee

About Challenge

Challenge is the home of ‘contest’. It offers cult shows, world famous quiz formats, innovative new game shows and superb TNA Impact Wrestling action. From original UK commissioned content to iconic classic shows from the past, there’s something for everyone.

Challenge is available on Freeview channel 46, Sky channel 145, Virgin Media channel 13, Freesat 145

About Sky

Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.

Sky is the UK’s biggest investor in television content, investing more than £2.3 billion a year in channels such as Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky News. Around twothirds of Sky’s content spend is invested in the UK and Sky is the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programmes. More than 30 million people watch Sky content each week. Alongside its commitment to offering customers a greater choice of high-quality content, Sky is a leading innovator. Customers enjoy total control and flexibility over their favourite TV through Sky+, watch TV on the move through Sky Go, and enjoy the best quality TV experience at home through High Definition and 3D.

Sky distributes its content broadly over several platforms, including satellite, cable, IPTV, mobile and WiFi. NOW TV, Sky’s second consumer brand, builds on the company’s leadership in internet TV. Sky is also the UK’s fastest-growing home communications company and favourite ‘triple-play’ provider of TV, broadband and home phone. Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates by taking positive action on the environment, supporting grassroots sport, opening up the arts to more people and raising the aspiration of young people in schools. Sky employs 23,500 people, has annual revenues of £6.8 billion and is estimated to support a £5.4 billion contribution to UK GDP. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BSY).

About Whizz Kid Entertainment

Whizz Kid Entertainment is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and CEO Malcolm Gerrie (former CEO of Initial, part of the Endemol Group). The Chairman is Patrick McKenna (CEO Ingenious) and Lisa Chapman is Managing Director.

The company produces a range of high-quality programmes specialising in formatted entertainment programmes, 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), Being… N-Dubz (Channel 4), Camp Bestival and Bestival 3D (Sky Arts / Sky 3D), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4), U2 Live On YouTube (YouTube, Sky1HD), Stand Up To Cancer (Channel 4), The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury Publishing on-line), George Michael the Road to Wembley (Channel 4) Jools Holland: My Life In Music (BBC2), Titanic: A Commemoration In Music & Film (BBC2) and MSN: Exclusives (MSN).

Please visit www.whizzkid.tv for more information on our shows and team.