Gobstopper Television, the British indie helmed by Ross McCarthy, has launched sister label Flying Saucer TV.
Flying Saucer will specialize in creating and developing features and formats across the non-scripted space.
The creation of the newly minted production outfit marks the next stage in Gobstopper’s development strategy following a buyout from investor Greenbird and parent company Keshet earlier this year to take the company fully independent.
Gobstopper is now exploring first-look distribution partnerships having parted ways with Keshet International.
Flying Saucer, meanwhile, is to begin the recruitment process in the near future to staff a fully-dedicated creative team.
The budding studio has already won its first commission: the tentatively titled Cats and Dogs at War, a 4 x 60-minute format for 5Star.
The new format will feature experts in cat and dog behaviors as they respond to house calls where the homeowner’s pets are unable to live harmoniously together under the same roof.
Kit Morey serves as commissioning editor on Cats and Dogs at War, which is expected to broadcast across Channel 5′s 5Star in 2021.
“Our range of programming has developed into two distinct areas over the past six years and Flying Saucer TV will concentrate on features and factual formats programming, whilst Gobstopper will continue to produce reality and entertainment,” said Gobstopper CEO Ross McCarthy (pictured) in a statement.
The Manchester- and London-based Gobstopper was launched by McCarthy in 2015 and specializes in creating formatted reality and entertainment programming for the domestic and international markets. Its production stable currently includes BBC3′s Plastic Surgery Undressed, MTV’s Revenge Prank, MTV International’s Just Tattoo of Us and Channel 4′s The Surjury.