Superindie iZen, that houses indies in Spain, the Middle East and the UK has announced the launch of Clapperboard.

The new scripted-content production company will be overseen by Mike Benson, MD of UK indie Chalkboard and director of iZen’s UK strategy. Benson will also be bringing in senior scripted creative executives over the coming months whilst Chalkboard continues as a non-scripted entity alongside its sister company Storyboard Studios, based in Scotland and led by co-founder Natalie Humphreys.

The launch of Clapperboard follows Chalkboard’s first drama commission, Cold Call for Channel 5.

Clapperboard aims to offer a commercial and creative home for leading writers and directors in the UK by offering them a partnership with enhanced commercial terms more akin to a co-producer.

Mike Benson said: “iZen is all about creative collaboration and with the launch of Clapperboard we want to approach drama differently and recognise the central role played by writers and directors in creating brilliant drama. We want to offer a platform to help creators in the complex process of bringing their ideas to life, by giving them the necessary production and financial support, and the backing of a reliable international group with experience in the production of all scripted genres”

Jose Velasco, Chairman of iZen added: “The launch of Clapperboard as a new iZen partner company in the UK will complement the non-scripted work of Chalkboard and its Glasgow-based sister company Storyboard Studios and help us in our mission to make brilliant television of all genres for the UK market. Clapperboard will be 100% focused on creating and producing gripping scripted content.”

iZen is an independent, producer-owned content production group with production companies in the Middle East, Spain and the UK. The group, which produces scripted, factual, documentary and entertainment programmes for major players across the world, consists of Imagic TV (Middle East), Zebra Producciones, Europroducciones, Boca a Boca, Hill Valley, Proima and Newco (Spain) and Chalkboard TV and Storyboard Studios (UK).

Jon Creamer