Keshet renames UK Unscripted Division and scores Richard Ayoade Quiz – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Keshet, the Israeli media company, shakes up its unscripted business in the UK.

The company has renamed its unscripted branch of Keshet Productions to Interstellar and will place it under the umbrella of Greenbird, the superindie group it acquired in 2018.

Interstellar will be led by Managing Director David Williams, with Jamie Ormerod promoted to Creative Director and Marisa Guagenti as Head of Production.

Keshet Productions is the unit responsible for series comprising Singletown, the ITV2 format broadcast in the United States on HBO Max, ITV4 Speed ​​phenomena and CBBC Craft festival.

He is also at the origin of two new shows: Questions team, hosted by Richard Ayoade for UKTV, and an adaptation of the Australian format Show me the honey! for CBBC.

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The fidgetcube revealed that Travel man star Ayoade, who directed Jesse Eisenberg’s feature film Double, was piloting Questions team back in September. It has now received an order for an eight-episode series from UKTV, the broadcaster supported by BBC Studios.

Each standalone episode sees Ayoade invite three comedians to write and host their own set of questions for the others to play. With a new guest list every week, each show promises to be a showcase of unusual interests, inventive play, and top new and established comic book talent. The series was created by Ormerod, who produces alongside David Williams. Tom Corrigan produces.

It also produces Show me the honey! which will see four children and their families try their hand at beekeeping for the first time. The show, which is produced in Scotland, is a seven-part series presented by Youtuber and bee enthusiast Maddie Moate. It is based on an ABC Australia format. David Williams produces and David Aitken is the series producer.

The company’s UK scripted division, headed by Howard Burch, will continue with series such as Apple’s. Suspicion and the BBC The word A, with a refocused focus on developing and producing script-only content for UK and international markets

Keshet International CEO Alon Shtruzman said: “Having recently brought all of our UK operations together under one roof at Lincoln House Studios, it’s the next natural step for all of us to see David and Jamie create their own indie no scripted as part of Greenbird. Together, they constitute a creative force to be reckoned with. We wish them good luck in the future. “

David Williams of Interstellar added, “The countdown is over and we are delighted to launch Interstellar with two series that give a taste of the incredible talent and range of ideas we will develop and deliver.

Stuart Mullin, Deputy Managing Director of Greenbird, said: “It has been fantastic working with David since we joined the Keshet family, so working more closely with him and Jamie to help Interstellar grow and flourish is wonderful. , and we are really looking forward to them continuing with their early success.

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