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Banijay secures commissions from BBC3, sets debut for C5 warships docuseries

UK pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned Fight Dirty, a single 30-minute entertainment format from entertainment label Fizz and Irish prodco Nice One Productions. The series will see two messy British households compete to “clean up their ...
August 22, 2019

UK pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned Fight Dirty, a single 30-minute entertainment format from entertainment label Fizz and Irish prodco Nice One Productions.

The series will see two messy British households compete to “clean up their act” and win a cash prize – but neither property knows the surprise that’s in store for both of them in the process.

Fight Dirty is the first commissioned from the co-development and co-production partnership between Nice One and Fizz, which is owned by UK-based prodco RDF, part of global producer-distributor Banijay Group.

The project, supported by funding from Northern Ireland Screen, was born out of a shared commitment between Fizz and Nice One to invest and grow production in Belfast. More commissions from this partnership are expected to be announced shortly, according to Banijay.

Clare Mottershead of BBC3 commissioned the show, which is co-executive produced by Neale Simpson for Fizz and Chris Jones for Nice One. All worldwide rights to Fight Dirty are owned by Banijay Rights.

“I’m so happy and grateful that BBC3 are the first broadcaster to back our partnership with Fizz and immediately saw the potential for big laughs and learnings in this ‘filthy-to-fabulous’ funny format from Belfast,” said Jones, founder and creative director of Nice One, in a statement.

In other Banijay news, Channel 5 has set a Sept. 4 premiere date for its previously announced three-part docuseries World’s Greatest Warships (pictured).

The series charts the history of the warship from the dawn of the 20th century to the present, including the HMS Dreadnought, USS Enterprise, Tirpitz and Ark Royal. Each 30-minute episode incorporates interviews, original filming aboard existing ships, archive footage and access to original ships plans and computer-generated animations of long-lost ships.

World’s Greatest Warships is executive produced by IWC’s Dominic Bowles. It was commissioned by Guy Davies at Channel 5. Banijay Rights is handling global distribution.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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