We’ve produced the online content for Beauty & the Beast: The Ugly Face of Prejudice, a new Channel 4 show made by Betty. We partnered with the Centre for Appearance Research to produce a major research project investigating how body confidence issues can impact on our everyday lives. More than 60,000 users have taken part in our online body confidence survey, making it one of the biggest research projects of its kind in the UK. The Centre for Appearance Research said: “This will be invaluable, not only for developing new resources and programmes to help people living with appearance-related conditions, but also for campaigning around body image issues and raising awareness about the need for continued investment in this important field.” We also produced Judging by Looks, a game to test your perceptive powers by asking you to make snap judgements about total strangers, which was played more than 50,000 times in the month after launch.
Maverick has been nominated for Best Independent Production Company at the prestigious Broadcast Awards 2011, with Embarrassing Bodies also nominated for Best Popular Factual Programme.
How to Look Good Naked with a Difference has won the 'Features Award’ at the AMI (Ability Media International) awards 2010. The judges recognized the campaign, working with Debenhams, to create an influential advertising campaign using a disabled model in a mainstream way, could have a major positive effect on how disabled people are represented in our culture.
ITV1’s hit documentary series, Children’s Hospital, is back for a second 12 x 30” series (to TX in Spring 2011) and an hour long Christmas special to be shown this year. Filmed at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the new series will be presented for the first time by Lorraine Kelly and promises to provide the same mix of moving and uplifting drama that attracted audiences of over three million to the first series.
How to Look Good Naked…With a Difference won the Factual Media Award at the Radar “People of the Year Awards” 2010. The judges were looking for “…the very best practice in disability equality - to identify the organisations and individuals who are 'ahead of the curve' and can show us all the way forward”.
Bizarre E.R. is back for a fourth series; Maverick’s hugely popular hospital documentary series for BBC3 has begun production in two A&E departments: Northampton General Hospital and, for the first time, Bradford Royal Infirmary. As well as the most extraordinary cases from A&E, the new series will also feature some of the most incredible stories of miraculous medical survival from around the world. Cases this series will include a Norwegian man savaged by a polar bear, a case of bubonic plague in New Mexico and a Polish soldier whose severed hands were replaced with those of woman.
Maverick has produced two new fashion mini-series, Fashion Wizards and Get the Look, for Disney Channel. Both shows air in October.
Fashion Wizards sees four kids challenged to create a fashion collection and catwalk show. The show will follow them at every step of the way, from researching high street trends, putting a mood board together to working with a designer. In Get the Look fashion stylist, Electra Formosa, shows viewers how to dress like their favourite Disney star, from Hannah Montana to Sterling Knight. Maverick’s Charlotte Reid is the executive producer of both shows.
Maverick has been named the second most respected independent production company by its rivals in an industry poll of the 100 top indies, published in Televisual magazine. One source praises the company for “really grasping the potential of multiplatform” while another rival indie says “It’s a great 360 degree company”.
Maverick is proud to have two of the five nominations for best documentary at the Mind Mental Health Media Awards, with Sectioned (BBC4) and Embarrassing Bodies (Channel 4).
Maverick Television has gained unprecedented access to the world of modelling in a new observational documentary series which follows in the footsteps of Channel 4's successful series One Born Every Minute and The Family. The 7 x 60' series will place a multi-camera documentary rig in a commercial environment for the first time: the offices of the world-famous model agency Premier Model Management. The Model Agency will reveal the reality of daily life in the world's most glamorous industry. A colourful cast of characters inhabit the high-octane world of The Model Agency. From bookers, scouts and office assistants to the models, designers and photographers who pass through the doors of the Agency, this series follows them all for two months - in the office, at the fittings and on the catwalks - during the build up to London Fashion Week.