07 April 2016
CPL STRIKES EXCITING, NEW JOINT VENTURE DEAL – NIT TV – WITH AWARD-WINNING COMEDIAN HARRY HILL
Celebrating two series deal with Sky and scripted development deal with BBC, London – BAFTA-winning independent television and radio production company CPL Productions and multiple award-winning comedian and author Harry Hill announced the launch of Nit TV today.
The new joint venture will see CPL Productions and Harry Hill growing the company together, with CPL acting as the production company for all programmes.
The first commission on their slate is for a two series deal (8 × 30’) with Sky for comedy cookery show Harry Hill’s Tea-Time – a programme featuring Harry’s usual brand of madcap family friendly fun with special star guests.
Celia Taylor, Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning and Richard Ackerman, Commissioning Editor, at Sky, have commissioned the series. Executive Producers are Mobashir Dar, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux for CPL Productions / Nit TV.
Nit TV has also tied up a script development deal with the BBC for a sitcom created by, and starring, Harry Hill. Based on his best-selling comic-memoir, Livin’ The Dreem: A Year In My Life…Probably, it promises a heady mix of tall tales from Harry’s life at home with his mum and even taller tales of celebrity encounters from the centre of the showbiz whirlwind, Bexhill.
Harry Hill commented today: “It’s great to be working with Danielle and Murray at CPL and finally finding a permanent home for all my TV ideas. This new teatime show is a natural fit for Sky – we’re both risk takers! The sitcom idea is one that’s been bubbling under for a while and I’m looking forward to working with Shane Allen at BBC Comedy who’s been a great supporter of mine.”
CPL Productions Managing Director Danielle Lux commented: “We’re overjoyed to be collaborating with Harry Hill, one of the UK’s most popular and unique performers over the last two decades. His creative vision and irreverent approach is a perfect fit for CPL.”
CPL Productions Creative Director Murray Boland added: “We love Harry and these fantastic deals with Sky and the BBC are just the start of a dynamic and lively future for Nit TV.”
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About CPL Productions
CPL is one of the most successful independent TV and radio production companies in the UK. The company’s output spans primetime entertainment, comedy and factual entertainment. An impressive roster of hit shows includes Sky One’s BAFTA-winning A League Of Their Own, ITV1’s Off Their Rockers, Channel 4’s Married At First Sight, and BBC One’s Decimate. CPL is currently filming its first drama commission, Brief Encounters, for ITV – set in the early ‘80s, the six part series introduces Steph, Nita, Dawn and Pauline as unlikely entrepreneurs who begin to sell exotic lingerie – to the dismay (and often delight) of their loved ones – starring Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin, Sharon Rooney and Penelope Wilton.
CPL Productions is part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group (a ProSiebenSat. 1 Group company).
About Harry Hill
Harry Hill is a multiple award-winning comedian and author who has created some of the most successful TV shows of the last two decades including Harry Hill’s TV Burp, collecting three BAFTAs, eight British Comedy Awards and a Golden Rose of Montreux along the way.