UK entertainment prodco Fizz, part of Banijay Group’s RDF, has struck a partnership with Belfast-based comedy start-up Nice One Productions to co-develop and co-produce a range of formats for local and national broadcasters.
The partnership is in line with RDF’s commitment to production outside London and follows RDF West’s recent partnership with Cardiff-based TV and radio prodco Wales & Co.
With five projects already in the pipeline, all productions stemming from the partnership are intended to be produced in Northern Ireland using local talent and locations. The project has already received funding from Northern Ireland Screen.
The partnership is spearheaded by Fizz creative director Neale Simpson and Nice One founder and creative director Chris Jones, and aims to increase non-scripted activity emerging from Ireland.
Nice One’s past commissions include Fright Shorts for BBC iPlayer and What Makes You Tic? for BBC3. Jones’ credits as producer, exec producer and director include Ask Rhod Gilbert, Monumental with Adam Hills and Britain’s Favourite Children’s Books, with David Walliams.
Fizz is behind Channel 4′s The Crystal Maze (pictured), E4′s returning Shipwrecked and ITV’s daytime quiz show Tipping Point.
“Working with our talented friends in Fizz/Banijay is a big step forward for Nice One and gives us a real chance to create and produce funny, feel-good formats from Northern Ireland,” said Jones in a statement.