Category: BBC Films
David Thompson, Head of BBC Films, and Kenton Allen, Creative Head of BBC Comedy
Talent and Comedy North, announced today that BBC Films and BBC Comedy will work
together to develop comedy feature films, led by Kenton Allen and Head Of Comedy
Jon Plowman working with the BBC Comedy team of writers and producers.
Kenton Allen, an Oscar-winning producer who produced this year's Academy award winning
short film Six Shooter, will lead the development initiative for the comedy
department that produces an enormous variety of hit comedy programming including
shows such as Little Britain, Extras, Ideal and Funland.
Alongside exploring the potential to develop existing brands into feature films,
Kenton Allen and the Comedy team will also work with a wide variety of writers and
writer/performers to develop feature films.
Kenton Allen said: "Many of the comedy talent we work with ultimately want to
paint on a bigger canvas, and this relationship with BBC Films means that we can
now offer them that opportunity.
"From initial development in Radio and the
Internet, through Television and on to Film, BBC Comedy can offer the best
comedy talent the best possible development path for their work.
"BBC Comedy has
a fine tradition of developing iconic comic voices from Ronnie Barker to Ricky
Gervais and I'm confident that this opportunity will lead to some truly original
David Thompson said: "I am very excited about working with
Kenton and The BBC Comedy team.
"Comedy is very much a target area for us at the
moment, with several interesting projects in development, the recent successful
releases of Debbie Isitt's Confetti, and, Michael Winterbottom's A Cock & Bull