Back2back Productions has forged a partnership with Belfast-based Afro-Mic Productions to secure the greenlight for a new show called Saved on Camera.
BBC One Daytime has ordered Saved on Camera (15 x 30 mins) from the two indies. The co-production will feature heroic real-life moments caught on camera along with the backstories and interviews with the characters in question. The pay-off at the end of each story will see the hero featured reunited with the person whose life they saved.
Afro-Mic was one of the 15 up-and-coming production companies selected for this year’s Indielab Accelerator, which is where the two companies met and brokered the co-production agreement.
Distributed by Cineflix Rights, Saved on Camera will also be available in an 8 x 60 mins version for international audiences. It will be executive produced by Notman-Watt for back2back and Emma-Rosa Dias for Afro-Mic. The commissioning editor for BBC One Daytime is Muslim Alim.
back2back has also been commissioned for a third season of Scrap Kings on Discovery’s Quest mid next year. The new 20 x 60 mins series, commissioned by Quest’s Simon Downing, follows demolition experts from the UK as they knock down giant tower blocks and blow up bridges, mining machinery and factories. Distributed by Flame Distribution, Scrap Kings is executive produced by Notman-Watt for back2back and series produced by Nigel Gainsborough for back2back.
David Notman-Watt, founder and managing director of back2back, said: “Although very different in tone and topic, Saved on Camera and Scrap Kings are both classic shows, with their strong story arcs, memorable characters and gripping conclusions. Teaming up with Afro-Mic on Saved on Camera is particularly pleasing: being Brighton-based ourselves, we’re flag bearers for regional productions and spend, and look forward to developing further series with our new Belfast-based partners. As for Scrap Kings, the third outing of this crowd-pleasing thumper of a show is shaping up to be the loudest, heaviest and most shocking yet. We’re already fielding calls from scrap yards and demolition companies across the UK keen to be part of the action.”
Emma-Rosa Dias, IFTA-nominated producer and director, and managing director of Afro-Mic, added: “This is a particularly satisfying deal. It’s our first long-form series commission for the BBC; it’s a a brilliant co-production with a producer with a strong track record in this genre; and it has the backing of a distributor with deep international expertise, which gives a clear seal of approval to this idea. This is everyday people performing extraordinary acts of bravery to save others. These are incredible stories, and it’s going to be a real privilege to bring these people together to understand how these events changed their lives”.
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