The Nokia Green Room makes a festive return – Sugababes and McFly already confirmed
Nokia and Whizz Kid Entertainment are to work with Channel 4 to produce an hour-long Christmas special edition of The Nokia Green Room, marking a return for this unique music programme, which mixes live performances with great backstage footage to bring a ‘live concert’ feel to TV.
The Nokia Green Room Christmas Special will feature performances from pop legends the Sugababes and McFly, with further great additions to the programme line-up set to be announced shortly.
The Christmas special show is to be sponsored by Nokia’s Comes With Music, a revolutionary new service which offers unlimited downloads from the millions of tracks in the Nokia Music catalogue when you buy a Nokia Comes With Music handset, This unique offering went on sale in the UK in mid October and will be a key part of Nokia’s music offer moving forward.
The show will initially air on 4 Music on a Sunday 14th December and Sunday 21st Dec on T4 with two late night repeats, followed by a final airing on T4’s Saturday programme the following weekend. The original Nokia Green Room series ran for 15 weeks on Channel 4 in the summer and included performances from Kelly Rowland, Ashley Simpson, Gnarls Barkley, Jonas Brothers, Iglu and Hartley, Courteeners and The Saturday’s.
Malcolm Gerrie, Chief Executive, Whizz Kid Entertainment, commented:
“We wanted to break the mould of traditional TV Pop formats and The Nokia Green Room has done that. Nokia and Channel 4 are both leading the charge in supporting new bands and major artistes on television, mobile technology and the web and their support and enthusiasm for the programme has reflected this.”
Neil McCallum, Commissioning Editor, T4, Youth & Music at Channel 4, commented: “It’s great news to be bringing back The Nokia Green Room for this one off Christmas Special, allowing us the opportunity to look back at a fantastic year of music. Plus having two of the UK’s hottest pop acts, Sugababes and McFly hanging out in the Green Room, along with a selection of 2008’s biggest stars should make for an action packed festive TV treat.”
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Nokia Comes With Music
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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 Countdown To Midnight: Take That & Guests Live At The O2 (ITV1 & ITV2), Happy Birthday Elton! (ITV1), The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BBC1), Beauty And The Best (6-part series for LivingTV), Help! I’ve Got A High Maintenance Wife (five) and The Complainers (a three-part series for C4) plus a major on-line production – the moonlight signing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for Bloomsbury Publishing. In 2006 WKE acquired digital content specialists, Tough Cookie who have placed themselves at the forefront of the booming online video market. Tough Cookie specialises in producing content and live events for brands, labels and cross-media broadcasters, providing live music and interviews for syndication.
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