Big Zuu To Star In UKTV Sitcom; Hillary Clinton’s HiddenLight Launches Formats Division; Pitch Film Fund 2022 Announces Winners
The winners of the Pitch Film Fund 2022 Award have been announced, with Maternal – a film about protection and family – taking home the Lucy Scher Award. The winners of the fund, which has been operating since 2009, will receive £40,000 ($55,000) to use towards the development of their short films.
The Innkeeper, a comedy by Irish writer Denise Deegan that retells the Nativity narrative through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl, won the Comedy Award, while Stump, a drama by Finnish newcomer Silva Kuusniemi about environmental campaigners in Finland, got the Drama Award. Meanwhile, UK-based Eva Edo won the Lucy Scher Award for Maternal, a story about family and protection, with Tom Cozens and Lewis Rose as contenders.
Gbemisola Ikumelo, a BAFTA-winning comedy writer, and FilmFour executive Amy O’Hara were among the judges. Judges “could see the relevance of themes in both our winning concepts – homelessness and environmental care – but also chose these two in particular for the manner they had built their tales,” according to The Pitch Director Luke Walton.
Big Zuu is set to star in a sitcom on UKTV.
Big Zuu’s Big Eats star Big Zuu will star with Hugo Chegwin from People Just Do Nothing in a comedy from UKTV channel Dave in his first scripted production. Big Zuu’s non-scripted show, in which he travels the country in his food van, is one of Dave’s most popular in recent years, and Sneakerhead will see him star as part-time entrepreneur Mulenga in a workplace sitcom set in a fictional Peterborough business called Sports Depot, which will shine a light on young working life in Britain.
The three-part comedy is written by BAFTA Scotland emerging talent writer Gillian Roger Park and is produced by People Just Do Nothing independent Roughcut Television.
HiddenLight, founded by Hillary Clinton, has established a Formats Division.
HiddenLight Productions, founded by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, has created a formats business and received its first contract from Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. According to the company, HLP Studios will “bring HiddenLight’s ethos to formats and popular factual,” with Inside the Superbrands as its first project.
Kellogg’s, Heinz, Walkers, and Guinness are among the renowned British brands featured in the show. HiddenLight was founded by the Clintons and Sir Richard Branson in late 2020 and has received commissions from YouTube for If I Could Tell You One Thing and Apple TV+’s Gutsy Women.