Zeppotron


UK indies: ITV backs new indie, Endemol expands Zeppotron

Men Behaving Badly scribe Simon Nye and Tiger Aspect MD Sophie Clarke-Jervoise (pictured) have teamed to launch Genial Productions, with minority investment from ITV. Genial will focus on returning comedy and comedy drama series. Both Clarke-Jervoise and Nye have defined comedy backgrounds, with the former having previously served as head of comedy at BBC, while the […]

Rack Pack is BBC’s ‘top’ iPlayer original to date

The BBC has said that its comedy-drama film The Rack Pack is its “most successful BBC iPlayer original to date” after notching up more than one million views. In its January iPlayer Performance Pack, the BBC said that the film made it into the top 20 most requested iPlayer titles in January in its first […]

BBC iPlayer orders first original film

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered The Rack Pack, a comedy film for its iPlayer streaming and catch up service. The feature will be made by Endemol Shine-owned prodco Zeppotron and launch on iPlayer in December. The comedy drama will be set in the 70s and 80s snooker scene and detail the rivalry between Alex […]

Frankie Boyle, Matt Berry originals for iPlayer

Comedians Frankie Boyle and Matt Berry are creating more originals for UK on-demand service BBC iPlayer. Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy follows on from last year’s successful Scottish Referendum Autopsy, and will see the acerbic comic (Tramadol Nights) attempting to make sense of the UK General Election in front of a live audience that decide if […]

Robinson out as Endemol Shine reveals UK team

Tim Robinson is leaving the Endemol Shine Group as the mega-indie this morning revealed its UK management team. Early indications were that Robinson, previously Shine Group’s COO, was negotiating what one source described as a “top international role”, but this has not come to pass. He will exit in the spring. The news came concurrently […]

Independence vote exclusive for BBC iPlayer

UK pubcaster the BBC has commissioned a one-off comedy event exclusive to the iPlayer on-demand platform, featuring comedian Frankie Boyle, to mark the Scottish independence referendum on September 18. Frankie Boyle’s Referendum Autopsy is being made exclusively for BBC iPlayer by Zeppotron, an Endemol company. Filmed at Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon in front of a live […]

Zeppotron co-founder exits for All3Media’s Objective

UK prodco Objective has hired Ben Caudell as head of comedy. Caudell was one of the cofounders of Zeppotron, the UK producer now owned by Endemol. Another of its founders, Charlie Brooker, recently set up his own Endemol-backed production company House of Tomorrow. At All3Media-owned Objective, Caudell will report to CEO Andrew Newman, and oversee […]

Charlie Brooker launches indie with Endemol

Writer, satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker has launched a new indie with production giant Endemol. Brooker will be creative director of House of Tomorrow, which will create drama, comedy and feature films for the UK and international markets. This marks the second time a Brooker prodco has partnered with Endemol. He launched Zeppotron with the […]

The vision for Sky Vision

Carl Hall and Sophie Turner Laing tell TBI about how the freshly minted Sky Vision will be adding Sky’s upcoming original dramas to its slate as well as working with Sky News and Sky Sports to bring new programming to market. Distribution guarantees mean Sky can fully fund Plans to package and sell Sky News […]