Whizz Kid Entertainment

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Rufus Hound and Katy Brand dance their way through to the final in week one of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief!

Comedian, Stephen K Amos, Eastender, Cheryl Fergison, The Bill actors, Sally Rogers and Chris Simmons, footballer, Jason Cundy (dancing with Peter Shilton), and Bellamy’s People actors, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas will all appear in the third heat of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief as part of this year’s Sport Relief’s Rise to the Challenge Campaign it was announced today. Denise van Outen has also been confirmed as a panellist for this Saturday’s show alongside comedian, Vic Reeves and comedienne and contestant from last year’s show, Jo Brand.

The show, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones will see the six acts perform iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers and win a place in next week’s spectacular final dance off. Who goes through and who gets a chance to compete in the final will be down to the public phone votes and the panel.

The final will see two more celebrity acts compete alongside Rufus Hound, Katy Brand, Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold and Debra Stephenson for their chance to be crowned the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion on Saturday 13 March. Panellists in the final will include impressionist Jon Culshaw, comedian, Jack Dee and last year’s Let’s Dance Champion, Robert Webb.

Show three will feature performances from Stephen K Amos, Cheryl Fergison, Sally Rogers and Chris Simmons, Jason Cundy and Peter Shilton, Felix Dextor, Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas and Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson and Jenny Éclair.

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

 

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For further information contact

Natasha Ayivor, 020 8225 6703 natasha.ayivor@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

About Sport Relief As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 19th March to Sunday 21st March 2010 including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21st March. All the cash raised by the public will help transform the lives of those living tough lives across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Since its launch in 2002, millions of people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £80 million. Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams’ astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard’s truly amazing marathon a day around the UK.

Further information is available on www.sportrelief.com

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

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Let’s Dance For Sport Relief – first group of celebrity contestants revealed

The BBC today announced the first celebrity names lining up to trip the light fantastic for this year’s Let’s Dance For Sport Relief.

Katy Brand, Rufus Hound and Shappi Khorsandi represent the world of comedy, alongside some of the nations favourite Grumpy Old Women, Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph and Susie Blake. Also taking to the dance floor will be sporting greats such as footballers Peter Shilton and Rodney Marsh and snooker legends Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor.

This year’s contestants will be judged by an all-new and exciting panel that sees the judging line-up change for all four shows. The panel of three will predominantly feature faces from the world of comedy and celebrities who performed last year.

Together the viewers and the panel will vote for their favourite dancers to go through to the final. Comedians confirmed so far are Jack Dee and Frank Skinner.

Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones return to host the show which kicks off Saturday 20 February 2010 on BBC One.

The series will run over four weeks, comprising three heats and culminating in a spectacular final dance-off on Saturday 13 March.

The show will see some of the nation’s favourite celebrities pay homage to iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers with their moves and a chance to be crowned champion of the dance floor. Each week a celebrity act (a mix of solo dancers, duos and groups) will perform a number of famous dances such as Single Ladies (Beyonce), Greased Lightning (Grease), Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson), Bad Guys (Bugsy Malone) and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire).

They 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.

Will they rise to the Sport Relief challenge when they take to the floor and give the performance of their lives in front of a live studio audience and the panel?

Who goes through and who gets a chance to compete in the final will be down to the public and the panel.

The final will see six celebrity acts dance with the hope of being crowned the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion on Saturday 13 March.

Proceeds from the voting will go to Sport Relief. Jo Wallace, Executive Editor, Comedy Entertainment, BBC, said: “Saturday nights on the BBC are all about eventful, big, fun, family entertainment and Let’s 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, CEO, Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “Last year’s series exceeded all expectations and Robert Webb’s brilliant interpretation of Flashdance captivated the entire nation: young and old! “This year, Let’s Dance For Sport Relief hopes to do the same again with some of the most iconic dances of all time being performed by some of the country’s most-loved entertainers and sport stars.” Comedian Robert Webb was crowned champion last year after he wowed the public and judges in the grand final with a spectacular dance routine to Flashdance: What A Feeling.

Tune in to see who dances off with viewers’ hearts to be crowned Celebrity Let’s Dance Champion for 2010.

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

 

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Notes to editors:

About Sport Relief

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives.

The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 March 2010 including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21 March.

Since its launch in 2002 over a million people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise more than £80million.

Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams’ astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard’s amazing marathon-a-day around the UK.

All the cash raised will help transform the lives of those in desperate need across the UK and in the world’s poorest countries.

Further information is available at www.sportrelief.com.

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

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Rufus Hound is the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion – 2010!

Rufus Hound has fought his way to victory in the grand finale of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, following a show-stopping performance of Fight For This Love.

After the viewers were treated to an almighty dance off between the six finalists – Rufus Hound (Fight For This Love), Katy Brand (Single Ladies), Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold (Born To Hand Jive), Debra Stephenson (Smooth Criminal), Cheryl Fergison (Ice Ice Baby) and The Grumpy Old Women (Poker Face), presenters Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Rufus Hound as their favourite and the show’s champion.

However, in a night of high drama, Cheryl Fergison had to pullout of dancing live on the show, when she pulled a muscle during rehearsals earlier in the evening. A recording of her performance from last week was shown instead, enabling viewers to phone in and vote for her.

After his win Rufus Hound thanked his choreographers saying: “They’ve been amazing, very patient. It’s not easy getting a fat lad to move like this. So they’ve done a heck of a job!”

Following Rufus’ performance, last year’s winner and finale panellist, Robert Webb said: “It almost goes without saying you are more compelling and watchable than Cheryl Cole. However, what you’ve also added is a costume that clearly hurts – in my experience the British public respects that!”

Impressionist, John Culshaw commented: “I was loving that like the audience. I’m a great fan of your work anyway, I think you’re a brilliant comedian on Argumental and all the shows you do. Brilliant attitude that went over into the dance and (in the voice of Simon Cowell) – I think Simon Cowell would be very happy with the beautiful tribute you paid to his Cheryl. I thought that was very deeply moving – it’s three yeses!”

Comedian, Jack Dee followed with: “Rufus, Rufus Hound. You are a hound. That was world class and you’ve given us my mojo back. Can I just say, this is a charity, when you take that leotard off could you please incinerate it! Well done. It was very good.”

Following the hand-over of the Let’s Dance trophy by last year’s champion, Robert Webb, viewers’ favourite Rufus Hound then closed the series in style with a memorable encore of their homage to Fight For This Love.

Tonight’s show also included performances from N-Dubz, with their latest single, Playing With Fire and the cast of Billy Elliot performing Expressing Yourself

 

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For further information contact

Natasha Ayivor, 020 8225 6703 natasha.ayivor@bbc.co.uk

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Each phone vote costs 50p from a BT landline, of which 36.8p goes to Sport Relief

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 19th March to Sunday 21st March 2010 including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21st March. All the cash raised by the public will help transform the lives of those living tough lives across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Since its launch in 2002, millions of people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £80 million. Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams’ astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard’s truly amazing marathon a day around the UK. Further information is available on www.sportrelief.com

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

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Ice-cool Cheryl Fergison and the gaga Grumpy Old Women through to the final in week three of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief!

Eastender, Cheryl Fergison and The Grumpy Old Women, Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson and Jenny Éclair have strutted their stuff straight into next Saturday’s final of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, following their show-stopping performances in the third and last heat of the series.

Presenters Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Cheryl Fergison as their favourite, the fifth act to win a place in the final on Saturday 13th March after performing an exceptional homage to Ice Ice Baby.

An astonished Cheryl Fergison said: “It’s brilliant. Thank you everyone who’s voted. All these guys (her backing dancers) they are just fantastic. We’ve had a ball. It’s been brilliant!”

Runners up Grumpy Old Women and The Footballers then faced the three panellists who decided which act would win the sixth and last place in the final after their performances of Poker Face and Men in Black respectively. Panellist Jo Brand voted for The Grumpy Old Women. Next up, Vic Reeves also gave his vote to The Grumpy Old Women – automatically awarding them the last place in the final. Following Cheryl’s performance Jo Brand said: “It was nice to see a bit of hip-hop as opposed to hip replacement in our house. Well done. It was bang on the money. It was fantastic! I am a hip-hop artist as you probably know. My hip-hop name is Big Smalls. It was brilliant. Fantastic. Loved it!”

Vic Reeves followed with: “It was fantastic! I love Cheryl. I’ve got posters of Cheryl all over my bedroom. A nice use of the Double Plum Roll and the American Chutney Dash. I enjoyed that one!” Denise Van Outen said: “And The Caterpillar (dance move) was absolutely fantastic. I think you’ve raised the bar tonight. It was very good.”

Following a rather energetic performance of Poker Face, Grumpy Old Woman, Jenny Éclair, said: “I’m not sure if it’s possible for women to have hernias, but I think I may have just had one. I’m spitting bits of wig and I went horribly wrong. We went a bit gaga ladies there and forgot it halfway through.” Viewers’ favourite Cheryl Fergison closed the show with an encore of her hilarious tribute to Ice Ice Baby.

Tonight’s show was the third of three heats and saw performances from Stephen K Amos (Rhythm of Life, Sammy Davis Jr), Cheryl Fergison (Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice), Sally Rogers & Chris Simmons (Hips Don’t Lie, Shakira / Wyclef Jean), Jason Cundy & Peter Shilton (Men in Black, Will Smith), Felix Dextor, Lucy Montgomery & Rhys Thomas (Rasputin, Boney M) and Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson & Jenny Éclair (Poker Face, Lady Gaga).

There were also performances from the cast of Chicago and Justin Bieber. Next week, the six celebrity finalists Rufus Hound (Fight For This Love), Katy Brand (Single Ladies), Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold (Born To Hand Jive), Debra Stephenson (Smooth Criminal), Cheryl Fergison (Ice Ice Baby) and The Grumpy Old Women (Poker Face) will take to the dance-floor for their chance to wow the viewers in one almighty dance off. Only one will be crowned the Let’s Dance For Comic Relief Champion on Saturday 13 March on BBC One, 7.00pm.

 

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For further information contact

Natasha Ayivor, 020 8225 6703

Notes to editors:

About Sport Relief

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 19th March to Sunday 21st March 2010 including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21st March. All the cash raised by the public will help transform the lives of those living tough lives across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Since its launch in 2002, millions of people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £80 million. Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams’ astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard’s truly amazing marathon a day around the UK. Further information is available on www.sportrelief.com Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

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Let’s Dance For Sport Relief – Last group of celebrities revealed!

Comedian, Stephen K Amos, Eastender, Cheryl Fergison, The Bill actors, Sally Rogers and Chris Simmons, footballer, Jason Cundy (dancing with Peter Shilton), and Bellamy’s People actors, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas will all appear in the third heat of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief as part of this year’s Sport Relief’s Rise to the Challenge Campaign it was announced today. Denise van Outen has also been confirmed as a panellist for this Saturday’s show alongside comedian, Vic Reeves and comedienne and contestant from last year’s show, Jo Brand.

The show, hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Steve Jones will see the six acts perform iconic dance routines in a bid to wow viewers and win a place in next week’s spectacular final dance off. Who goes through and who gets a chance to compete in the final will be down to the public phone votes and the panel.

The final will see two more celebrity acts compete alongside Rufus Hound, Katy Brand, Kate Garraway and Richard Arnold and Debra Stephenson for their chance to be crowned the Let’s Dance For Sport Relief Champion on Saturday 13 March. Panellists in the final will include impressionist Jon Culshaw, comedian, Jack Dee and last year’s Let’s Dance Champion, Robert Webb.

Show three will feature performances from Stephen K Amos, Cheryl Fergison, Sally Rogers and Chris Simmons, Jason Cundy and Peter Shilton, Felix Dextor, Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas and Lesley Joseph, Susie Blake, Linda Robson and Jenny Éclair.

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

 

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For further information contact

Natasha Ayivor, 020 8225 6703 natasha.ayivor@bbc.co.uk

Notes to editors:

About Sport Relief As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The Sport Relief Weekend takes place from Friday 19th March to Sunday 21st March 2010 including a night of Sport Relief telly on BBC One and the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile events across the UK on Sunday 21st March. All the cash raised by the public will help transform the lives of those living tough lives across the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

Since its launch in 2002, millions of people have taken part in Sport Relief, helping to raise over £80 million. Sport Relief has a unique history of dedicated people doing extraordinary things to rise to the challenge, from David Walliams’ astonishing swim across the English Channel to Eddie Izzard’s truly amazing marathon a day around the UK.

Further information is available on www.sportrelief.com

Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

 

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Outside-In – a Brand New Winter Music Festival for Channel 4

It’s January…it’s cold. You’re mooching around longing for sunshine… the summer festivals are a distant memory, there’s nothing to look forward to… or so you thought! Whizz Kid Entertainment, The Sage Gateshead and Channel 4 bring you the Outside-In Festival – a winter festival of ice cool proportions.

On Saturday 30th January 2010 it may be freezing outside but inside the stunning venue there will be a scorching mix of live music, massive acts, the hottest new bands, celebrity access and party antics! All the riotous joy of an outdoor festival without the mud and not a welly in sight! We’re melting away the winter blues and throwing a summer party!

A one day ticket gets you access to multiple stages, five hours of non-stop chart topping music and, with just 3,000 tickets available, the opportunity to get up close and personal to some amazing artists. First names confirmed include: Pixie Lott, N-Dubz, Sugababes, The Courteeners, Taio Cruz, Alphabeat, Example, Erik Hassle and Lostprophets. Working with Generator, the music development agency based in Newcastle, Outside-In will also feature the cream of the North East’s emerging talent including: Polarsets, Let’s Buy Happiness and Karoshi.

Festival goers are being told: ‘Life’s a beach so dress accordingly’ and if they turn up in their bikinis and Bermudas (free coat check provided!) they can look forward to spotting themselves when the festival highlights broadcast in early February on Channel 4’s: T4, 4Music and The Box TV channels. Metro Radio will also be broadcasting live from the festival.

Jenny Sanderson and Cat Hopper (see photo attached), are from Gateshead College who are sponsoring one of the main stages. They’ve had enough of the cold and decided to buy tickets and join the summer party. Jenny pictured (left) said: ‘ We think it’s a great idea to get in the summer spirit in the middle of winter; it’ll be strange going to a festival indoors dressed in our beachwear but if everyone enters into the spirit of the event it’ll be like being on holiday.’ Organisers have stressed that if the cold snap continues snowmen may be admitted!

The Outside-In Festival is partnered by Northern Film & Media, One North East, and forms part of NewcastleGateshead’s world-class programme of festivals and events, developed by Culture 10 Funds raised by the event will be helping some of The Prince’s Trust’s charity initiatives in the North East. Tickets go on sale at 8am on Monday 30th November, price £38.

Go to www.thesagegateshead.org for updates and tickets, or call 0191 443 4661.

See also www.channel4.com/T4 and www.metroradio.co.uk

Neil McCallum, Head of T4 and Music, Channel 4, says: “We’re delighted to be involved with the Outside-In Festival and kick start the new decade with a big, brand new event in the Channel 4 music calendar and one that looks set to start the New Year in spectacular style. It’s the first time we’ve partnered on a show of this kind in the North East and we look forward to working with all the various partners to make the first ever Outside-In Festival a huge success for those lucky enough to attend or able to watch it exclusively on T4 and 4Music.”

Malcolm Gerrie, Chief Executive, Whizz Kid Entertainment, says: “It’s always exciting to create a new event of this calibre, but to be able to bring it home to the north east and to The Sage Gateshead is really special.”

Ros Rigby, Performance Programme Director, The Sage Gateshead, says: “The Sage Gateshead is ideal for festivals of all kinds, and with its spectacular glazed Concourse overlooking the River Tyne, we’re also able to bring the outside in! We are very excited to work with Whizz Kid to bring this amazing line-up to the North East.”

Tom Harvey, Chief Executive Northern Film and Media, says: “Northern Film & Media is delight to help bring the Outside-In Winter Festival to Newcastle. Whizz Kid Productions have a first rate track record of producing innovative and enjoyable entertainment programmes. I’m sure the public will enjoy the event and it is great to see a music show produced in Newcastle on national screens again. Our North East Content Fund is really helping to bring production back to the North East.”

Carol Bell, Head of Programme Development for culture10 at Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, says: “We are committed to building on the festivals offer for young people in the North East, and are delighted to welcome the first Outside-In music festival to the region. The festival is a fantastic addition to the calendar, featuring many big names as well as breakthrough talent and we hope to work with our partners at Whizz Kid and Channel 4 to continue to host the festival at The Sage Gateshead in the coming years”.

 

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For further information, images or interview requests please contact:

Kirsten Swanston, Media and Marketing Officer, The Sage Gateshead 
(t) 0191 443 4561 (e) kirsten.swanston@thesagegateshead.org

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

Notes to Editors:

Whizz Kid Entertainment 
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.

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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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