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 – 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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