Studio71 Creator Adam Beales from Derry-Londonderry is the latest presenter to join the Blue Peter team
The world’s longest-running children’s TV show has today unveiled Derry-born Adam Beales as its newest Blue Peter presenter. Adam is the 40th Blue Peter presenter and will co-host alongside Lindsey Russell, Richie Driss, Mwaka Mudenda and Henry the dog, in his first show this Thursday (September 3rd) on CBBC and BBC iPlayer at 5.30 pm.
YouTuber Adam, 20, is already familiar with the CBBC audience as he is a regular face on The Dog Ate My Homework. He left school as Head Boy with 11 GSCE’s at A* and was considering Oxford or Cambridge before his YouTube channel took off, which now has nearly 3 million subscribers and often features his mum and dad and younger brother, 11-year-old Callum. He’s best known or posting pranks, challenges, DIY crafts and life hacks so should slot right in with the ‘here’s one I made earlier’ creations on the show as well as the formidable challenges the presenters have to undertake.
In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family while eating pizza and watching TV, as well as driving his beloved car. Despite his claim of leading a ‘boring life’ Adam loves pranking people (especially his younger brother), travelling, meeting new people around the world and living and experiencing their culture. He’s travelled from as far as the USA to Thailand.
Adam follows in the footsteps of fellow Northern Ireland presenters, the late Caron Keating and, more recently, presenter number 30, Zoe Salmon.
Adam says: “I’m super excited to become Blue Peter Presenter number 40. I am humbled and ecstatic to be part of such a legendary production. It’s kind of weird – in a super exciting way – that the show I once watched when I was younger, is now the show I will be presenting along with the talented Lindsey, Richie, Mwaksy and of course, Henry. I can’t wait to get stuck in, even with the challenges they throw at me, though I am hoping none of them involve cheese – I hate cheese!”
It might not involve cheese, but Adam’s first challenge is a biggie. He has been thrown straight in with a mountain rescue challenge. He will be winched down a cliff face to complete a training exercise with the Buxton Mountain Rescue team and will share the results of his challenge live in the studio in the coming weeks.
Blue Peter Editor, Ellen Evans, said: “Adam really impressed us during his auditions, he’s a natural in front of the camera, but he’s also very funny, incredibly warm, brilliant with kids and also perhaps a little bit mischievous which the Blue Peter audience will absolutely love.”
Head of BBC Children’s In House Productions, Helen Bullough, adds: “Throughout lockdown, Blue Peter fans have been telling us how much they’ve enjoyed and appreciated the show’s unstinting commitment to engaging, inspiring and entertaining them and we can’t wait for Presenter Number 40 to join us and get stuck in! Adam is playful, thoughtful and already popular with our audience, who I’m sure will give him the biggest ever Blue Peter welcome.”
Blue Peter is live on CBBC every Thursday at 5.30pm and is available on BBC iPlayer.
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Studio71 UK Wins Channel 4 Series: A Great British, Female, Gay, Disabled, Covid Compliant Adventure with Rosie Jones
Comedian Rosie Jones fronts the 4-part travelogue series exploring the nation’s best holiday hotspots & Britain’s quirky culture
Comedian Rosie Jones isn’t going to let a global pandemic stand in the way of her travel plans, this year she’s off on an adventure that ticks all the boxes… A Great British, Female Gay, Disabled, Covid Compliant Adventure (w/t). In this new four-part subversive travelogue from Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, Rosie will endeavour to prove that you don’t need a big budget to have the time of your life – you just need to have the power of minority and an infectious sense of humour.
In the heightened reality of this series, Covid-19 and subsequent financial constraints put an end to Rosie’s planned global, luxury travelogue. But this doesn’t damper Rosie’s enthusiasm to get the show made, as she convinces Channel 4 telly bosses to instead let her explore the UK and all it’s amazing eccentricities, oddities and beauty spots – all on a shoestring.
With a different location to explore each episode, Rosie finds adventures in the unlikeliest of places, each week joined by a celebrity guest, ready to get stuck into the nature, nightlife, and quirky culture of Great Britain.
Who needs Venice when Norwich has its share of canals, local wine, and… wrestling? Will anyone turn their nose up at salt tasting and the adrenalin rush of cliff camping in Holyhead? How could anyone resist foraging on the coast with goths in Whitby? Rosie will stop at nothing to treat her guest to the very best that Britain has to offer.
From glorious vistas of the great outdoors to buddy road trips, this unique series will seek to parody all the tropes of a traditional travelogue. But with the additional scripted layer of a Commissioning Editor character whose endless demands drive the actuality of the travel programme, this series aims to celebrate diversity whilst lampooning the TV industry.
Rosie Jones said, “I spent lockdown back in Yorkshire with my parents, which was…tricky! But it did remind me how beautiful my hometown of Bridlington is, with its beautiful beaches, wildlife, and lovely locals. I want to explore more brilliant places like this. To be honest, I’m just over the moon to be leaving the house again!”
Jody Smith, Executive Producer and Studio71 UK VP Creative Director, said “Rosie’s so boundlessly enthusiastic about everything, that after months of being stuck indoors and her usual crammed stand-up schedule on pause, we’re excited and fearful of what will happen when we unleash her on Britain. We’re so pleased to make this show for Channel 4, who have been enthusiastic in us roasting them.”
Sarah Lazenby, Head of Features & Formats for Channel 4, said, “Rosie Jones’ dark and mischievous humour knows no bounds. So what could possibly go wrong giving her her own show to rampage across the U.K. and send up TV bosses? We’re delighted to be working with this minx and Studio 71 to deliver what promises to be a wickedly funny and brilliant British adventure for viewers.”
Rosie’s Great British, Female Gay, Disabled, Covid Compliant Adventure (w/t) has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Sarah Lazenby, Head of Features & Formats. The Studio71 UK production will be produced by Executive Producers Jody Smith and Tom Payne and directed by Tom Levinge.
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‘F**ks Given’, the sex and relationships podcast hosted by Moxie talent ComeCurious and produced by Studio71 UK won Bronze at the annual British Podcast Awards. The podcast which launched in late 2018, was nominated as one of six podcasts in the ‘Best Sex & Relationships’ category and won third place after ‘Brown Girls Do It Too’ and ‘Masala’ podcast.
‘F**ks Given’ was created to help debunk the mystery and myth of sex and encourage listeners to be more informed around sex, sexuality, gender, preference. It has won support from a variety of publishers from Stylist, Dazed, The Metro, VICE and Refinery29.
Studio71 was also nominated for a second award, for ‘Best Network’, alongside The Guardian, The Athletic and Somethin’ Else, the latter of whom scooped Gold place in the category as well as winning big for ‘Podcast of the Year’.
The British Podcast Awards was launched in 2017 in partnership with acast to commend the best podcasts from the UK. The awards celebrate podcasts in comedy, business, current affairs, family and more, as well as live and branded episodes and more. Podcast’ Shagged, Married, Annoyed’ took home the mighty Listener’s Choice Award, while ‘Tunnel 29′ won Moment of the Year and Renay Richardson was named as this year’s Podcast Champion.
This year’s ceremony was streamed online with nominees linked via Zoom calls. Many famous broadcasters helped reveal the nominees, including Claudia Winkleman, Chris Moyles, Jon Ronson, Fearne Cotton and Annie Mac as well as previous award winners including George the Poet.
More information, including the full winners’ list, can be found here. ‘F**ks Given’ presented by ComeCurious can be streamed via acast, Spotify, iTunes and all good streaming platforms.
A+E Networks® UK has commissioned Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, for a returning series of Forged with Steele starring 22-year-old blacksmith and YouTube star Alec Steele, to be broadcast on SKY HISTORY in early 2021.
Forged With Steele follows blacksmithing wunderkind and renowned YouTuber (2+Million subs) Alec Steele, as he creates an array of iconic weaponry from across the ages. Steele draws on his love of history and incredible talent for blacksmithing, honed over a decade, to examine some of the past’s most deadly weapons.
Alec has now made a big move from Norwich to the wilds of Montana, where – with his new and equally youthful bladesmith friend, Will Stelter – he is plying his unique trade among the farmers, miners and ranchers of the famous ‘Big Sky Country’.
The new 12×30 series follows Steele as he crafts a new set of impressive apparatus from a number of historical eras. In the series, he acquires ancient skills including gem-setting, inlaying and engraving, to reconstruct more of history’s most remarkable armaments, including the mighty 16th Century Zweihander – sword which stands at 1.4m high, an ornate Cavalry sabre inspired by those used in the American Civil War, as well as a wicked-looking scythe, worthy of the Grim Reaper, and eighteenth-century naval boarding axes. Steele also tries his hand at playful – but deadly – concealed weapons such as Chinese rope darts and a sword cleverly disguised as a cane.
Steele was first introduced to the art of blacksmithing when he was just 11 years-old at a county fair and over the years has documented his blacksmithing journey and technical prowess: amassing an audience of over 2 million subscribers and a staggering 340+ million video views on YouTube. In 2017, HISTORY profiled him for the series Forged in Britain, which explored the lives of five contemporary forgers in the UK. His first series, Forged With Steele, premiered on HISTORY UK in October 2018 and followed the young blacksmith at his workshop in Norwich.
In this new series, viewers are invited to Alec’s new base in the Western US state of Montana where he now resides. His impressive new space has been equipped with a vast range of tools – both modern and ancient – to tackle his new challenges. Along with his remarkable array of historically recreated weapons and tools, he also has a growing sideline in clothing and merchandise as well as apparel for his other great love – cycling…
Alec Steele says “I’m so excited for the launch of series 2 of Forged With Steele where viewers can follow me as I create even more of history’s most astonishing weapons. Since series 1, I’ve advanced my blacksmithing skills and begun learning the art of gem-setting, inlaying and engraving so I can recreate these incredible pieces of history with even more detail.”
Forged With Steele series 2 was ordered by Dan Korn, VP Programming at A+E Networks UK. For Studio71 UK, Tom Payne is series producer, with Jody Smith and Tom Payne as executive producers.
Dan Korn, VP of Programming at A+E Networks® UK commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Alec back to Sky History, together with a new talent in Will Stelter. Their expertise and crafting skills are mesmerising and their enthusiasm is infectious. This really is history in the making”
Jody Smith, VP Creative Director from Studio71 UK, added: “We’re thrilled how well the first series performed for HISTORY and it’s great to get back in the workshop with Alec, whose skills continue to amaze us, as he takes on even more ambitious projects in this second series. We’re pleased to have introduced Alec to a new audience that have embraced him on TV as they have done on YouTube.”
Forged With Steele series 2 is currently in production and scheduled for early 2021 on Sky HISTORY, available on Sky, Virgin, BT and Talk Talk.
Red Arrow Studios International distributes Forged with Steele worldwide.
HISTORY became Sky HISTORY on 27th May on all broadcasting platforms across the UK. For more information about Sky HISTORY, click here.
About Alec Steele
Alec Steele has documented his career by creating videos around his passions for both steelwork and history. Continuing his progress in Series 1 of Forged with Steele, for the second series, the craftsman will forge a new set of iconic weapons, demonstrating his technical ability and vast knowledge of history to create each one. Leaving school at 16 to pursue his craft, Steele initially began making bespoke tools and products but soon discovered there was a huge audience eager to follow his journey into the field. Now with over 340 million views and over 2.15 million subscribers to his channel on YouTube alone, he’s tapped into a highly engaged market that shares his love for the ancient art of blacksmithing.
The former Fulwell73 and Zeppotron Exec joins Studio71 UK in a newly created role to further supercharge the company’s development slate following its successful broadcast commissions.
Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, today announces the hire of Joe Varley as Director of Development.
In his new position, Varley will lead the expansion of Studio71 UK’s development slate, across comedy entertainment, factual and scripted comedy, reporting to Jody Smith, Studio71 UK VP Creative Director.
A veteran of the television industry, Varley joins the team with over a decade of experience. Previously, he has held Development Executive roles at Fulwell73 and Wonder TV Productions, and Head of Development at Endemol-owned Zeppotron and Tiger Aspect. His credits include BAFTA-winning Fonejacker (E4/C4) and Facejacker (C4) as well as developing BAFTA-winning Murder in Successville (BBC Three), Drunk History UK (Comedy Central), viral hit Little Prankers (BBC Three), and he is the creator of ITV’s Dinner Date format. Throughout his career, he has created, developed and produced television programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Comedy Central and has multiple other production credits under his belt including Room 101 (BBC), Britain Today Tonight (C4) and Alan Carr: Chatty Man (C4).
Varley’s addition will boost Studio71 UK’s development slate following several new scripted and unscripted commissions for multiple broadcasters and platforms, including: recently-announced reality wedding show Countdown To I Do is in production for TLC, following a 2019 wedding series also for the channel; an 18-part series, Forged With Steele, for HISTORY UK with blacksmith Alec Steele; and the scripted comedy series Fully Blown with breakout viral talent Donna Preston and Verona Rose for BBC Three. Studio71 UK has also created formats for social including several BBC Factual series such as IGTV doc Fashion Conscious and three series for BBC’s Tiny Happy People and has produced original series for digital platforms such as Snapchat.
Jody Smith, Studio71 UK VP Creative Director, says: “Joe’s passion for new talent and ability to develop smart, funny ideas makes him the perfect fit for Studio71. Through our talent agency Moxie, we work with some of the UK’s best entertainers for young, diverse audiences, creating fun factual and comedy entertainment. In Joe we have found someone who knows how to build exciting TV projects around this type of talent, and make use of the detailed knowledge we have of their audience’s behaviour.”
Varley adds, “While it may be a while before we can all brainstorm in the same room again, now is an incredibly exciting time to join such a fresh thinking company. As TV is increasingly being challenged by online and new platforms, Studio71 is brilliantly positioned to bridge that gap, and with my passion for working with new talent and creating fun formats, I hope to bring more inventiveness and escapism to screen.”
Part of Red Arrow Studios, Studio71 was established in the UK in 2017 as a multi-channel network and now works with hundreds of digital creators across multiple platforms. It began its production unit and podcast network in 2018, and has since created shows for linear and digital, and has a slate of ten different podcasts covering comedy, health & wellbeing, film, food and sex & relationships. In 2019, it launched its boutique talent agency, Moxie to help discover and empower talented entertainers from the digital space, which picked up Best Agency for New Talent Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Voice Awards in February 2020.
For further information on Studio71 UK or its production slate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The format’s episodes follow the hours leading up to a couple’s wedding ceremony, entirely self-shot by the bride, groom, friends and family. And one year on, the couple look back at the moments they’ll treasure forever… and those they’d rather forget!
Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company today announces its new TV commission for TLC UK in ‘Countdown To I Do’, a 5×30 series for the TLC UK channel. Countdown To I Do is a reality wedding series which follows couples in the nail-biting last moments before they say, ‘I do’ and returns to the couple one year on to revisit their magical day and explore it in finer detail.
The series revisits another Studio71 UK format, which was piloted on TLC UK’s YouTube channel in 2019 and innovated by having the wedding preparation, drama and emotion captured entirely by the bride, groom and their nearest and dearest.
In Countdown To I Do, viewers will be given a behind-the-scenes look at the run-up to the big day of five sets of partners. Self-shot documentary footage from the perspectives of the wedding VIPs will allow viewers to witness all the unfolding nerves, drama and joy that comes with the most important day in a couple’s life. The format will also see couples look back at their big day – giving further context to any dramas and answering the question of were they to do it all again, would they change anything?
Couples will reveal all the intimate details of the wedding day that made their day special, from the proposal, the planning, the dress and the venue, including specifics on how much they intended to spend – and how much they actually spent! The series will provide a real insider’s perspective of how 5 different couples decided to signify their partnerships, what made them bespoke, what they learned and what they would never do again.
Countdown To I Do will be created using entirely self-shot footage and produced by STUDIO71 UK. While the weddings were shot in the summer of 2019, the retrospective interviews are being produced safely under strict COVID-19 lockdown rules. Countdown To I Do is part of several new formats ordered for Discovery’s Lifestyle & Entertainment channels announced today.
Studio71 UK draws upon its experience in TV development/production and the talent management of hundreds of online Creators to produce the series. Understanding the way Creators and Vloggers engage their audiences on platforms such as YouTube has contributed to the series’ development which allows stories from members of the wedding party to be told down the lens of a camera.
Jody Smith, Studio71 UK VP Creative Director, says: “We’re thrilled to use our experience of working with hundreds of online talent who self-shoot every day and apply that to the most dramatic day of a couple’s lives, training them to tell their story authentically via self-shooting. Joining each couple again, one year later, provides a perspective often overlooked by wedding formats, with each of our couples experiencing big, joyful life changes by the time of their anniversaries.”
The series will be Exec Produced by Jody Smith and Tom Payne, Director of Content.
For further information on Countdown To I Do or any other Studio71 UK production, contact email@example.com.
The sex-positive podcast, F**ks Given with YouTubers ComeCurious is one of only five podcasts selected in the Health & Wellness category for this prestigious accolade.
Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, announces it has been nominated for Best Health & Wellness Podcast in the 24th Annual Webby Awards. The podcast is one of five best podcasts selected in the category and is one of 13,000 entries received in this year’s Awards ranging from over 70 countries worldwide.
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honour” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honouring excellence on the Internet.
IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including Instagram Co-founder Kevin Systrom, Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker and 23andMe Co-Founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki.
“Nominees like Studio71 UK are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries we received this year.”
Fans Can Vote Online to Help F**ks Given Win the Internet’s Top Honour
‘F**ks Given’ is a weekly podcast hosted by sex-positive activists and YouTubers Come Curious (Florence Barker and Reed Amber) which helps to further the conversation around sex, helping dismantle its taboos – particularly for young people. The podcast, which has had over 1 million downloads since it was launched, asks both guests and listeners to celebrate their sexual pasts and participate in the conversation around sexual histories to promote a healthy and honest culture around sex.
Having actively broadened the discourse around sexual education and enjoyment with their YouTube channel, Come Curious have become pioneering figures in the underserved sexual wellness space and possess a young, highly engaged and growing audience previously not served by traditional sex education. ComeCurious are signed to Studio71 UK’s boutique talent management company Moxie, and are one of over thirty social talents on its client roster it is developing for different platforms.
The podcast is eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online. From now until May 8th, F**ks Given fans can cast their votes here
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and honoured in an Internet Celebration on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
‘F**ks Given is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, acast & all good streaming platforms. It is a Studio71 production, produced by Jack Claramunt and Winnie Simon, executively produced by Tom Payne and Jody Smith. For more information on Studio71 or its podcast slate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honour” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honouring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Apps, Mobile, and Voice, Social, Podcasts, and Games. Established in 1996, this year’s Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: WP Engine, Monday.com, Slack, YouGov, BASIC, KPMG, Adweek, Fast Company, The New Museum, and Social Media Week.
Studio71 UK Announces Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast from Award-Winning Authors Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené
The authors of the groundbreaking Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible follow-up their widely acclaimed guide with a new fortnightly, topical podcast that addresses present news while continuing to drive important conversations around the experiences of Black British women.
Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, announces today its latest podcast collaboration in Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast from multi-award-winning authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené who rose to prominence with their pioneering guide to life for young Black Women.
The podcast, which launches 24th April 2020, will explore topical news and popular culture from a Black British female perspective while expanding upon many of the same themes addressed in the Slay in Your Lane book including navigating the workplace, finances, education, health, relationships and dating. Crucially, the podcast will allow the hosts to bring their experiences into the present, allowing listeners an accessible way to engage with the subjects while getting to know the women behind the movement.
Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené released Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible to critical acclaim in 2018 through 4th Estate. It won the Groucho Maverick 2018 Award, the Marie Claire Future Shaper 2018 Award, and was shortlisted for British Book Awards Non-Fiction Lifestyle Book of the Year 2019. The book has sold over 30,000 copies across all editions and has received praise from The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Stylist, Daily Telegraph and more.
The hosts see the launch of the podcast as a natural evolution of the Slay in Your Lane movement which has now produced two literary offerings, and a third (Slay in Your Lane Presents Loud Black Girls) due out later this year. The audio format offers an additional way for Adegoke and Uviebinené to connect with listeners, and they hope the relaxed and candid environment of the studio will reprise a similar tone to their popular live talk and panel discussions and a way to bring new voices to the discussion.
“What we were able to offer in the book – the same accounts that made people laugh and cry, validated experiences, informed their understandings – we hope we can bring to the audio space in Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast in our frank, funny and honest discussions. We’re now in our late twenties but we’re still navigating lives ourselves. We have so many experiences we want to share but we also have lots of questions and hope through Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast, we’re able to help answer them and be a voice for others – Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené.
Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast is the tenth UK podcast production from media company Studio71 UK. It joins a diverse slate of productions hosted by acclaimed young British voices such as wellness expert and Power Hour podcast coach Adrienne Herbert, pioneers of the sex-positive movement and hosts of F**ks Given, ComeCurious, and rising comedians Rosie Jones and Helen Bauer, presenters of Daddy Look at Me. The release of the Slay in Your Lane podcast is a continuation of Studio71’s commitment to providing exceptional storytellers with the opportunity to reach new audiences and believes that Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast will help to bring two more essential and underrepresented voices into the audio space.
‘Slay in Your Lane: The Podcast’ is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, acast & all good streaming platforms. Listen to the podcast here. It is a Studio71 production, produced by Jack Claramunt and Winnie Simon, executively produced by Tom Payne and Jody Smith. For more information on Studio71 UK or its podcast slate, contact email@example.com
About Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené
Adegoke is a multi-award-winning journalist and author. She has worked at ITN, Channel 4 News and is the women’s columnist at the Guardian, and freelanced for Vogue, Elle, and the Independent amongst others. This year she was listed as one of the most influential people in London by the Evening Standard. She was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Woman In Africa awards.
Uviebinené is a multi-award-winning author. She’s a brand strategist and has worked across brands from Nike to HSBC. Uviebinené is a columnist at The Financial Times, where she writes about business culture and the new rules of work and has also written for publications such as Elle and Stylist. She has been named of the most influential people in London by the Evening Standard and she has also been recognised as a woman redefining the creative industry.
Moxie Announces a Multitude of New Creator Signings from the Comedy, Entertainment and Fashion and Beauty Worlds
Social creators and entertainers now represented by Moxie include Ryan Taylor, Munya Chawawa, Chi with a C, Bailey LDN, Anisa Farah, Chantelle Champs, Sarah Conder, Lou Northcote and Romana Habova.
Moxie, the digital talent agency from Studio71 UK announces several exciting signings to its talent roster including standout creators from the comedy, family, beauty and wellness spheres.
Creators now represented by Moxie include YouTuber and pro-biker Ryan Taylor, comedians Munya Chawawa, Chi with a C, Anisa Farah, Bailey LDN and LV General, family creator and mother Chantelle Champs, fashion creator Romana Habova and beauty creators Lou Northcote and Klaudia Cloud. These signings are in addition to Sarah Conder, Kaci-Jay and Grace Conder of favourite UK family channel Dad V Girls who have all signed individually to the digital talent agency to pursue additional opportunities.
The signings come during a successful first year of the Moxie agency which was launched in February 2019 to help discover and nurture the UK’s most innovative social media talent. The recently signed creators join an already stellar slate of over thirty rising and established talent including parkour athletes STORROR, Adam Beales, Dad V Girls, Unknown Vlogs, ComeCurious, and all five members of online reality project Beta Squad; Niko Omilana, Chunkz, King Kenny, AJ Shabeel and Sharky.
James Stafford, CEO Studio71 UK says, “Our new signings to the Moxie roster follow a clear strategy: to uncover and empower the very best entertainers from YouTube and social. Our purpose as an agency is to respond to gaps in the entertainment industry – such as the lack of female comedy entertainers and the ongoing diversity problem in television. We hope that by working with these new creators, we can encourage the same upwards trajectory our existing clients have seen over the past year.”
Since launching into market, Moxie has had several high-profile signings including STORROR who have increased their YouTube following from under one million to now almost six million YouTube subscribers. The group of seven have also played a crucial part in the upcoming Michael Bay for Netflix film, 6 Underground, due for release in December. Family entertainer Adam Beales has collaborated with both CBBC and the Disney Channel in 2019, including a continued partnership with Disney Channel UK. Niko Omilana has recently surpassed 1million subscribers, while sex-positive YouTubers and activists ComeCurious launched a highly successful podcast F**ks Given and has fronted a show for the BBC’s Body Positive channel.
Moxie is a subsidiary brand of Studio71 UK, a media company and branded content studio behind series such as Fully Blown, Forged with Steele, Fashion Conscious and Period Dramas. Studio71 and Moxie have specialisms in discovering and working with talent from the social space, helping broadcasters and brands reach new and underserved audiences. Studio71 is a Red Arrow Studios company.
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New Moxie Signings – in detail
Leading the signings is daredevil pro-biker, YouTuber and entrepreneur, Ryan Taylor who has achieved success on and off the screen. In addition to building a YouTube channel of over 1.8million subscribers, he is the CEO and co-owner of BMX brand Collective Bikes and has launched an independent clothing label Certified.
Munya Chawawa is one of five comedy social media creators newly recruited to the Moxie roster for development and branded content opportunities. Munya Chawawa is a comedian, broadcaster and presenter who is best known for his parody sketches and a plethora of comedy personalities including Unknown P and Ivan Donceubit. Chawawa has had several viral moments with his content and has collaborated with fellow social entertainers such as Manlikehaks, the Singing Dentist, White Yardie and Likkleman and musicians including Donae’o and Aitch. He is nominated for ‘Personality of the Year’ at this year’s UK Entertainment Awards.
Chi with a C
Lucia, or Chi with a C, is a comedy entertainer and actor who rose to notoriety with her parody green-screen sketches including one where she remade a whole episode from the sitcom Friends playing every character herself.
Anisa Farah is a comedy entertainer, using Instagram and YouTube as her platforms of choice. She is known for creating parody content and using green screen to present content herself into well-publicised places such as the Love Island Villa and the Royal Wedding.
YouTube personality, comedian and musician LV General has a wealth of experience in presenting, having worked with platforms Footasylum and Wall of Comedy. He is a frequent collaborator of Beta Squad’s Chunkz and Niko Omilana.
A comedy entertainer, Bailey LDN has grown his profile creating sketch feature
He has previously featured in S1&2 of Wall of Comedy’s Group Chat.
Mother of three young girls Chantelle Champs is a lifestyle and parenting creator who is known for her honest and refreshing approach to parenting.
Lou Northcote is a model, activist and the founder of the radical #freethepimple movement, which campaigns against outdated beauty standards and encourages people to love the skin they are in.
Klaudia Cloud is a premium fashion and beauty creator who uses both Instagram and YouTube to share her expertise and passion for beauty and skincare.
Directed by Rosie Westhoff and produced by Fiona Hardingham, the short film follows the story of an autistic teenager and her sister, and their emotional adjustment following the death of their youngest sibling.
Our Sister, a short film from Director Rosie Westhoff and Producer Fiona Hardingham/Adapted Pictures, is set to premiere at the British Film Institute today, Thursday 10th October, as part of the 63rd annual London Film Festival.
The short film follows the story of Tasha, a 16-year-old autistic teenager and her 14-year-old sister Zoe as they deal with the grief of losing their youngest sibling and individually coming to terms with the reality of life without her.
The story centres on the two sisters’ strong yet vulnerable bond which is seen largely through the lens of Tasha who is autistic. Its lead roles are played by autistic actor Achanti Palmer, and Lauren Corah both of which make their film debut. Supporting roles are played by John McCrea who has starred in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Netflix’s Dracula, and Demi Goodman who has featured in Ch4’s The Trials and on stage in Matilda and The Book of Mormon.
Our Sister is written by newcomers Josephine Brown and Bradley Innes Wilson and is based on writer Brown’s personal experience of growing up with an autistic brother. It is directed by Rosie Westhoff, director of films Treacle, Crush and Blue, and produced by Fiona Hardingham, Co-Executive Producer of Adapted Pictures whose previous work includes One in Five and Distemper.
Our Sister has been cast by Casting Director Heather Basten, who has worked across Nosebleed, The End of the F***ing World and Pin Cushion. It has been shot by Cinematographer and Panalux Award-winner Molly Manning-Walker who attended NFTS and won Best Cinematography for her work on short film November 1st, which has also been nominated for a Student Academy Award. Production Designed is by Jonathan Houlding who has won an Art Directors Guild of America Award for his work on The Martian and filmography includes: Exodus: Gods and Kings, Love Actually & Band of Brothers and edited by Sarah Peczek, who has credits across the Oscar-nominated film Shok, The Innocents and Peaky Blinders.
Both Director Westhoff and Producer Hardingham are passionate about capturing female-centred stories, often those at a crucial turning point in their lives and specifically those which have been underrepresented in film. Therefore, it was important for them that a strong female crew was involved in the project, over 60% of production staff that worked across various departments on the film were female. In addition to this, they brought in acting coach Miranda Harcourt to assist the film’s rehearsal process. Miranda has worked on films such as Lion, Ghost in the Shell and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.
Rosie Westhoff, Director says, “The story highlights beautifully how unique we all are and how when dealing with tragedy, such as the loss of a sibling, we all process and mourn in different ways. This led us to really consider how many stories we’ve watched with a female autistic character at the centre of the narrative and made me question how the needs of people with autism are understood and met by the mainstream. Diversity is vital in storytelling and this includes people with disabilities and certain conditions, but it’s very rarely seen. It’s brilliant that there is a growing appetite for stories about characters from diverse backgrounds. However, when it comes to disability, people are often hesitant to cast disabled actors to play these roles, but it is so important for truth in storytelling. The process of making this film and working with lead actress Achanti Palmer who is autistic has really changed me and made me see things so differently. How she navigates her world and her strength is admirable.”
The independent film has received multiple backings, including by Studio71 UK, BFI NETWORK and independent production company Cat Dragged in Films. It has also received support by Tribeca Film Institute’s Pond5 Program which helped with disability access funding for its young actors and equipment discounts from Genera.
Having launched the production arm of the business in 2018, Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, chose to part-fund the film to demonstrate its commitment to quality independent filmmaking and to support real, authentic storytelling, especially those that hold a light to stories that are often left untold. Studio71 UK is dedicated to creating content for diverse, often underserved audiences, and in 2019 has produced numerous shorts of this nature, including the BBC Three scripted series Fully Blown, as well as three factual series for BBC platforms (Fashion Conscious, Sex in Seconds and Period Dramas), a reality wedding series for TLC UK and an 18-part series for A+E’s HISTORY channel (Forged With Steele). In addition, it produced the independent scripted mini-series Last Dates, directed by Ben Mallaby, which was nominated at the LOCO Film Festival for Best Ensemble and was a part of Encounters Film Festival’s Official Selection.
Our Sister will premiere on Oct 10 at BFI, Southbank and will be followed by an additional screening on Oct 12 as part of the ‘London Calling’ programme. Click here for more information.