Channel X and Hopscotch Films have joined forces to create new indie, Channel X Hopscotch, based in Glasgow.

Channel X is behind Home for C4, Detectorists for BBC and So Awkward for CBBC and Hopscotch Films’ credits include The Story of Film and Women Make Film.

The two companies will develop scripted comedy and drama projects based and created in Scotland and already have a slate of projects in development.

Hopscotch’s Carolynne Sinclair Kidd will be CCO of the company, whilst John Archer from Hopscotch and Alan Marke and Jim Reid of Channel X will be the company directors.

On creating the company Carolynne Sinclair Kidd said: “Early in my career I produced the award winning comedy drama series High Times for STV and it was one of my favourite productions to work on. With the collaboration of the brilliant Channel X, I’d like to champion sparky, edgy, contemporary comedy like this, and help it find a home not only in Scotland but within the whole of the UK and worldwide. There’s no reason why we can’t be making world class shows from Scotland like End of the F***ing World or Schitt’s Creek, and I’m going to be working with the talent to make that happen.”

John Archer said: “In these times we need a good laugh more than ever. Carolynne is one of Scotland’s great producers and Channel X are a brilliant, imaginative company whose work we’ve always admired. They are a great partnership for us.”

Channel X’s Alan Marke & Jim Reid said: “In our view, Scotland has been underrepresented on the UK’s comedy and drama scene. There is a wealth of writing, performing and craft talent in the country and we would like to help turn that talent into modern, relevant and world beating narrative TV. We’re excited to be working with Carolynne and John collaboratively in order to achieve that.”

 

Jon Creamer