With a reputation for breaking and developing new comedy since its inception, BBC Three is once again on the lookout for new talent.
Earlier this month, as part of BBC Three's Feed My Funny Exclusives, seven new long-form comedies were launched via the BBC iPlayer. The pilots are all different in tone and approach, testing out fresh ideas and talent and proving that BBC Three is never afraid of trying new things. After the success of these exclusives, the channel is now on the look-out for the next raft of innovative, stand-out ideas to populate Feed My Funny.
BBC Three Controller Zai Bennet says: “BBC Three takes its role as a comedy innovator rather seriously. We want writers, directors and performers to feel they have the space to really develop characters and shows, so we’re rolling out our hugely successful online pilot initiative for another year. This year we commissioned seven pilots and we are taking one to series. We’re hoping to at least match that again this year.”
The 2012 Feed My Funny online exclusives featured everything from the surrealist to traditional hidden camera formats, including fresh names on the stand-up comedy circuit like Imran Yusuf and The Boy With Tape On His Face, as well as the esteemed camera trickery talents of Allison Jackson.
This new Feed My Funny commissioning round closes at the end of September 2012. Any commission will need to deliver by 31 March 2013. Ideas should be submitted via the commissioners in the comedy and entertainment departments, with all details on the commissioning website commissioning site.