Malcolm Clark‘s London-based start-up Seriously TV has won its first commission—a 52-minute documentary on the Zika virus, from ARTE France.
Produced by Seriously and Paprika Films, the as-yet titled project will document the international battles waged against the Zika virus. The disease sprang to the global forefront in 2015 when Brazilian infants were born with deformed skulls.
The film will provide exclusive access to a raft of pioneering experiments from vaccine trials to new methods in combating Zika-carrying mosquitoes.
The Malcolm Clark-directed film was commissioned by ARTE’s Hélène Coldefy. Paprika’s Laurent Baujard serves as executive producer, with Laura Farrenq as assistant producer. Caroline Vermalle is the writer, and Timo Ebermann is the director of photography.
Seriously TV focuses on big specialist factual series and formats for the global market and was launched in June 2016 with backing from fledgling creative incubator the Hot House, founded by Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle.
“Attention may have shifted since the first shocking headlines, but behind the scenes there’s been an incredible story unfolding. We follow the spread of the epidemic and its aftermath like a real-life detective tale. The more scientists study the Zika virus, the weirder and more unpredictable it turns out to be,” said Seriously TV creative director Malcolm Clark in a statement.
“The program will remind viewers there are hundreds of other viruses in nature that could make the same shift that Zika did from animals to humans,” added Baujard.