Channel 4 has announced the five production companies who will produce content for its new short-form comedy pipeline. 

The initiative will provide a platform for emerging voices from across the UK to produce a series of experimental comedy shorts. All the content will be showcased across Channel 4’s social channels, including YouTube and Facebook.


The production companies selected in this commissioning round, which is dubbed ‘Sparks,’ are: Very Nice TV; The North East Comedy Hot House; Merman & Mermade; Mother’s Best Child and Blink Industries.


They will produce a combined total of 120 shorts honing in on the interests and experiences of young audiences. Tone will range from “the risky, to the mischievous to the feel good, creating new styles of sketch comedy, as well as referencing stand up, mime, musical comedy or animation.”


The shorts will land on Channel 4’s social channels from late Autumn 2019.


Laura Marks, the Channel 4 Commissioner for the project said: “Showcasing new writers and talent from across the country and providing a platform for them to try the things they wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to do is hugely exciting for us. We look forward to unearthing the comic voices of the future and seeing how our online audiences respond.”

Staff Reporter

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