Factory produces Newzoids
13th February 2015
Factory are proud to be creating “Newzoids”, a topical puppet animation sketch show poking fun at pop stars, politicians, sports faces and TV favourites, and depicting some of the most popular faces in modern pop culture.
Imagine David Cameron and Nick Clegg going head to head on “Jeremy Kyle”, Ed Miliband appearing on Ant and Dec’s “I’m A Catastrophe…Get Me Out Of Here”, and where Professor Brian Cox finds an extraordinary new planet in the solar system – Kim Kardashian’s backside.
Characters will be voiced by prominent impressionists such as Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson, Newzoids’ groundbreaking mixture of low-tech traditional puppetry and state of the art animation puts a satirical and surreal spin on the stories and celebrities we read about every day.
The six part series combines high-energy puppetering, snappy writing and pinpoint accurate impressions. Newzoids takes a satirical view on the week’s news events using a cast of outrageous and off the wall characters based on some of the world’s most prolific celebrities.
In the world of Newzoids, nobody in the public eye is safe. Amongst the roster of famous (and infamous) faces on the Newzoids roll call are Ant and Dec, Wayne Rooney, Beyonce, Harry Styles, Prince Harry, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Barack Obama, Russell Brand and Simon Cowell.
The writing team has a good mix of established and up-and-coming talent including Pete Sinclair, Sarah Morgan, Madeleine Brettingham, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch, Colin Swash, Annabel Port, Dan Gaster, Carey Marx, Tom Neenan, Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris.
Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment and Comedy for ITV, said “ITV has a rich history of playing popular satirical comedy in peaktime on its main channel, and it seemed a good time to revive it this year. We are pleased to be adding to our growing comedy portfolio with this funny and biting look at the world of politics and celebrity.”
Newzoids is a co-production for ITV between Citrus Television and Factory. The Series was commissioned by Director of Entertainment and Comedy for ITV, Elaine Bedell, and Claire Zolkwer, Commissioning Editor, Comedy Entertainment, ITV.