Last week, Maverick Television officially announced in Broadcast that two new Executive Producers have joined the team.
Former freelancer Simone Haywood has already been tasked with executive producing MTV’s My Super Sweet World Class, as well as Disney shows, Get the Junior Look and a one-off special show that will coincide with Disney’s crowning of Rapunzel as a princess. Previously Simone has senior produced I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here NOW! for ITV2 and series produced Pete Doherty In 24 hours, for MTV.
Another brand new exec for Maverick is Ian Holt, who joined this week. Ian is a Bafta-nominated series editor who has worked on James May’s Toy Stories, E Numbers - An Edible Adventure and A Farmer’s Life for BBC Two, and has just finished working on the forthcoming Channel 4 show, Tony Robinson’s Gods and Monsters.
Creative Director Alexandra Fraser said of the new appointments, “Ian is brilliant at delivering factual content in popular, broad-appeal wrapping,” and “Simone has real modernity and is great with talent, as she has proved on our current ventures with MTV and Disney.”
Maverick has produced My Naked Secret - a new 12 x 30” series for TLC International, which will air on Discovery Discovery Real Time and DMAX in the UK. In each episode, a contributor with a debilitating physical condition embarks on a transformative and emotional journey in search of acceptance of their body: from being ashamed of an abnormality which they hide under their clothes or with make-up, to being happy and self-confident. Helping them on their journey is pysychotherapist Anjula Mutanda. Transmission starts in October.
Maverick’s new four part series sees comedian Billy Connolly fulfil a lifelong dream of travelling the world’s most famous highway – Route 66. The 2488 mile long road from Chicago to Santa Monica is the embodiment of the American dream and, set to a soundtrack of some of the best American music of the 20th century, Billy will be taking in everything from the skyscrapers of Chicago and the Wild West badlands of Oklahoma to the deserts of New Mexico and the excesses of L.A., astride his motor-trike. Along the way he’ll meet the disciples of Route 66, from seasoned “roadies” to first-timers living the dream.
Accompanying the series is a book detailing his journey, a CD soundtrack and DVD including over 40 minutes of extras.
Safebreakers is the show that separates engineering ingenuity from mechanical misfortune as two teams go head-to-head each week to build menacing machines out of scrap. After two days building in a cavernous warehouse, the teams must compete in a feat of physical strength, expert precision or downright destruction within a flurry of flames or a colossal quarry, racing against each other to access the seemingly inaccessible safe containing £5000.
Ben Shephard and the teams can be seen on Sky1 & Sky1HD on Monday nights at 8pm. Don’t miss out on the action!
My Super Sweet World Class is going global: from Latin America to South Africa, from Europe to the United States; we’ll be bringing you the biggest, loudest and most sensational parties ever, in ten of the most alluring locations around the world! Production has begun, headed by Maverick TV’s brand new Executive Producer, Simone Haywood (The Brit Awards, ITV, I’m A Celebrity get me Out of Here, ITV, Pete Doherty In 24 Hours, MTV) and Series Produced by Abi Clarke (Mission Beach USA, BBC Switch, Debutantes T4, Chantelle: Living the Dream, C4). Maverick TV is working with the international jet set to create aspirational parties featuring celebrity idents in every single show, ready to transmit all over the world.
The Embarrassing Bodies website is now so popular with fans of the hit TV show that it is saving the NHS tens of thousands of pounds.
The site has now had over 100 million page views and thanks to the new My VideoDoctor symptom checkers, Embarrassing Bodies online has saved the equivalent in GPs' surgery time of around £330,000 since it launched only 8 weeks ago.
Maverick Television, makers of the hugely popular, RTS award-winning observational documentary series Bizarre E.R., has been commissioned by BBC Three to make a new eight-part series, Bizarre Crime. Where Bizarre E.R. featured some of the most extraordinary cases to hobble through the doors of Britain’s A&E departments, Bizarre Crime will focus on Britain’s strangest, stupidest and most ill-conceived criminal shenanigans.
Bizarre ER’s fourth series ended in May: A regular winner of the multichannel slot, frequently rating over 750,000 viewers, it astounded it’s audience with unbelievable but true tales of medical misfortune. From a man who inadvertently super-glued a tiny top hat to his head, to the politics student whose jaw was locked in a yawn during an especially boring lecture, Bizarre E.R. was a viral triumph, with clips regularly topping 1.5 million YouTube views.
Hosted by Ben Shephard (GMTV, The Xtra Factor, Krypton Factor), Safebreakers is a fast paced, engaging series (8 x 60’) that encourages engineering enthusiasts to utilise their mind power and problem solving panache. Each week the series sees two teams build two vehicles in a mechanical challenge that will push them to their limits. It’s a race against each other to access the seemingly inaccessible safe and crack the code to win £5000. Shot mainly in South Wales including the spectacular Caerphilly Castle. Exec Produced by Jilly Pearce and Series Produced by Paolo Proto.
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Channel 4 is to go truly interactive for a new live series from the team behind Embarrassing Bodies. Commissioned by Channel 4’s Features Team, Diagnosis Live from the Clinic will enable viewers with medical concerns to seek advice and be ‘seen’ by the doctors from the comfort of their own homes during the prime time show.
The 6 x 60 minute studio-based series will use video calling to offer the public appointments with Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Dawn Harper along with guest specialists during live broadcast. The series is focussing on live medical advice and consumer health care. The doctors will be arming the caller - and the viewer – with practical advice and information on what treatments and services are available to them both on the NHS and privately.
Each week the Diagnosis Live from the Clinic doctors also aim to diagnose and offer advice for specific ailments or conditions with the help of specialists, in areas such as dermatology or podiatry, providing a second opinion and specialist advice. Alongside the live cases there will be various consumer items featuring tests on over the counter medicines, led by Dr Pixie McKenna, and insight into popular procedures such as laser eye surgery. A dedicated team will be on standby during the show to handle the submissions from people wanting to apply for an appointment whilst the programme is on air. Pre-booking will also be possible via www.channel4.com/clinic
Diagnosis Live from the Clinic will have a huge presence on channel4.com and live web chats with specialist doctors will take place directly following the television programme each week. This adds to the existing portfolio of health-related content on channel 4.com developed by Maverick.
Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis goes behind closed doors at three of the biggest names in UK retail – Liberty, Boots and Habitat - to expose the secret world of buying for the first time. In a twist, these buyers aren’t turning to their trusted suppliers for the next big thing. Instead they’re gambling on the talents of the British public in their quest to find the best and most innovative new products. Tonight, Liberty opens its doors to hundreds of would be designers and inventors – but how many will have what it takes?