Former BBC commissioning editor and MD Elliot Reed has secured three new commissions for his factual indie Zeppelin Films.
Reed set up Zeppelin Films in July 2018 with support from investment company Greenbird. Prior to launching his own prodco, Reed served as a BBC factual commissioning editor for six years working across all factual genres, and was an executive producer at factual indie Love Productions.
The first order for the production company is Rich Kids Go Homeless (pictured), a 6 x 60-minute series for Channel 5 sister net 5Star that spotlights the inequality between the haves and have-nots in modern Britain. In each episode, an affluent young person who holds negative views of homeless people will live on the streets with nothing but a sleeping bag. Over the course of three nights, they’ll do whatever it takes to make money while sleeping rough to survive the cold weather. Along the way, the youngsters will meet up with homeless people who are living their lives on the streets.
Zeppelin Films’ second commission is the 4 x 60-minute series, Grounded with Grandad (working title), also for 5Star. . The series will attempt to battle ageism by following youths forced to move in with those aged 70 and over. Each episode features old and young paired up to see what teens and twenty-somethings learn from their experience of living with older people.
The production company’s third commission, meanwhile, will be announced in the coming weeks.