BBC Comedy & BBC Three commission Studio71 UK scripted comedy ‘Fully Blown’ as part of Threesomes strand
The 3×3’ minute series follows two best friends, Vanessa and Demi, who rise above their boring, sometimes painful lives by creating superstar rap personas – Starz and Gap C. These Southampton girls know you’ve gotta “fake it ‘til you make it” and then fake it some more. But will their success ever catch up with their ambition?
Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, has been commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, to produce ‘Fully Blown’, a new scripted short-form series.
The series stars Verona Rose and Donna Preston, comedy performers and writers who first came to Studio71 UK’s attention when a comedy skit they made went viral. Sarah Morgan (‘Not Going Out’, ‘Intelligence’) wrote ‘Fully Blown’ together with Rose and Preston, and it is directed by Ella Jones (‘Foot in Mouth’, ‘Sarah Chong is Going to Kill Herself’).
‘Fully Blown’ is inspired by Donna and Southampton-born Verona’s real-life experiences, and follows the story of two friends, Vanessa (played by Verona) who is torn between sticking with her comfortable, safe but hum-drum career or joining best pal Demi on chasing the dream they’ve had since childhood – to become music stars.
In the three-part series, we follow the duo on one of Demi’s side hustles as she tried to scrape together enough money to fund a music video shoot. They manage to blag a cameo in a music video of one of the UK’s leading grime stars – but their tactic to make a lasting impression doesn’t go to plan. What’s more, Vanessa has an underlying secret that could put an end to their music aspirations and even their friendship.
‘Fully Blown’ is a deep dive into friendship and aims to speak to viewers navigating young adulthood and the complexities of following your dreams in a world that’s increasingly tough for young people. The series plays with the theme of authenticity in an age of social media, where image is everything.
The series is drawn from Verona’s personal experience of growing up in Southampton where she felt, in her own words, ‘Too black for Southampton, but not black enough for London.’
Jody Smith, Studio71 UK’s Creative Director, says “Verona and Donna have created two characters that are so big and have so much heart that it was a challenge to cram them into a short-form series. It’s been fantastic working with them and the hugely talented writer Sarah Morgan and director Ella Jones – all the more special being Studio71 UK’s debut scripted commission.”
Sarah Asante, Commissioning Editor for the BBC, said “I couldn’t be more excited about the transmission of this project because showcasing new and emerging on and off-screen talent is what makes this job so rewarding. The stars of Fully Blown are a triple threat and I can’t wait to see how audiences respond to this project and all the projects we’re backing with the Threesomes strand on BBC Three…”
‘Fully Blown’ will be released by BBC Three. It sees Studio71 UK continuing to develop and produce original series, specifically for the underserved 16-34 bracket. ‘Fully Blown’ follows previous productions from Studio71 UK including factual series, ‘Forged With Steele’ on A+E Network’s HISTORY starring 20-year-old blacksmith and YouTube personality Alec Steele, and three factual short series for BBC, including ‘Sex in Seconds’ hosted by Come Curious, comedy series ‘Period Dramas’ and the upcoming ‘Fashion Conscious’ hosted by Grace Mandeville.
The series is Executive Produced by Jody Smith, Studio71 UK Creative Director and Tom Payne, Head of Content, and the Commissioning Editor is Sarah Asante for the BBC. It will be available on BBC Three.
Created by and starring: Verona Rose and Donna Preston
Also starring: Kemah Bob, Jo Martin, Daniel Barker, Ghetts
Written by: Donna Preston, Verona Rose, Sarah Morgan
Exec Producers: Jody Smith, Tom Payne
Director: Ella Jones
Producer: Alex Wilson
Associate Producers: Donna Preston, Verona Rose
BBC Commissioning Editor: Sarah Asante
Studio71 UK announces new house-based reality concept, BETA SQUAD, project featuring five of its rising male creators
Today, Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, reveals its largest ever creator-led project in BETA SQUAD – an online reality project with five rising creators which sees all members embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. In March, creators Chunkz, Niko Omilana, King Kenny, AJ Shabeel and Sharky – all of which have individual channels and who are signed exclusively to the Studio71 network and managed by its agency, Moxie management – will leave their family homes for the first time to live in a state-of-the-art mansion at a secret location in London, England.
Studio71 UK celebrated the launch of its boutique management company Moxie, with a spectacular event at Oval Space, showcasing its dynamic, digital artists and announcing its biggest projects to date: BETA SQUAD.
On Friday 15th February, the UK arm of Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, hosted a huge party at London’s Oval Space to welcome in its new talent management company. Moxie. The event was attended by Moxie’s top-tier talent including all seven members of STORROR, Niko Omilana, Chunkz, King Kenny, Sharky, AJ Shabeel, Joel & Lia, Kate Elisabeth, Come Curious, Mam Sham as well as other creators and influencers in the space including Millie T, Ryan Taylor, Zac Alsop, Jamz Supernova, Jake 100, Jamie Rawsthorne.
Broadcast announces the winners for its annual workplace satisfaction guide, with Studio71 UK its third place winner.
The Broadcast list, sponsored by Universal Production Music, features 30 companies which hail from across the UK with the Endemol Shine Group-owned Dragonfly claiming the top employer and the ITV Studios-owned The Garden coming second place.
Continuing Studio71’s commitment in supporting the UK’s bravest and most exciting creators from the YouTube and digital space, Moxie has been launched to assist emerging creators to reach their full potential, strengthening their existing skills to allow them to break from their original platforms and reach greater audiences. Moxie will also help connect creators to influential players in the industry, from strategists to brands to broadcasters, allowing them to expand their ideas and build their empires while losing none of their authenticity.
Studio71 UK adds to its catalogue of podcasts with talent-led formats, ‘Power Hour’ and ‘F**ks Given’
STUDIO71, a Red Arrow Studios company, has continued its expansion into the podcast business with two original, empowering and female-fronted podcasts launching this week, which will contribute to the health and wellness space.
YouTube personality Alec Steele stars in new series on HISTORY UK.
A+E Networks® UK has commissioned Studio71 to produce a new 18x30min series for flagship channel HISTORY in the UK.
Forged with Steele, produced by Studio71 in the UK, follows the up-and-coming star of English blacksmithing and blade-smithing YouTube personality Alec Steele, as he recreates a breathtaking array of historic weaponry, in his Norwich forge.
Using his remarkable skills, honed over a decade (Alec started forging when he was only 11 years old), Alec creates weapons that have proved decisive in some of history’s most iconic battles, from the Roman Gladius and Viking Battle Axe, to the Bowie Knife and M9 Bayonet.
Tyler West hosts a new Studio71 UK podcast dedicated to celebrating world’s most innovative entrepreneurs
TV presenter, fitness guru and influencer Tyler West will launch a new podcast with Studio71 UK, a Red Arrow Studios company, to discover and shine a light on success stories of young entrepreneurs. Every Day Hustle with Tyler West invites the creators, thinkers and makers that have hustled their way to the top of their fields without necessarily following a ‘traditional’ pathway.
Next week marks the 10th annual Summer in the City event in London celebrating the online space’s best creators and users. Already grown a reputation for drawing in attendees in the thousands, this year looks to be no exception – with plenty of talent from Studio71’s network representing at the three-day event.
Along with the industry awards which celebrates the best influencer campaigns, agencies and managements, Summer in the City is the one UK event established for creators and fans of the online space. It coincides with International Vlogging Day, a day dedicated to encouraging individuals to share their stories with the world.