New factual indie Zeppelin Films has secured its first three commissions.
Founded by former BBC Commissioning Editor, Managing Director Elliot Reed, Zeppelin Films’ first commission is a six-part series for 5STAR, Rich Kids Go Homeless, which looks at exposing the gulf between the haves and have-nots in Britain today.
In each hour-long episode a wealthy young person with negative views of homeless people, will live on the streets as a rough sleeper with nothing but a sleeping bag. With no money, ID or possessions they want to prove they can get back on their feet again in only a few days.
Managing Director Reed said: “Zeppelin Films was founded to make thought-provoking and engaging formats and documentaries, and this first commission confronts young people’s misconceptions and challenges their views in an immersive situation. We hope the experience will teach them a thing or two about having absolutely nothing, change the way they think about homelessness – and possibly themselves.”
Zeppelin Films’ second commission is a four-part series, Grounded with Grandad (w/t), also for 5STAR, which will attempt to bridge the gap between the young and old in the hour-long programmes.
This series looks at what happens when you force young people to move in with the over 70s. Old and young are paired up and in each episode, entitled youngsters will move into the homes of lively OAPs who live – and have lived – life to the full. What can teens and twenty-somethings learn from the experience of living with older people who’ve seen it all before? Some have never spent time with anyone older than their parents. This will be a totally brand new experience for both groups.
Reed added: “We’ve hit the ground running with these commissions and they both have the same sensibility at their heart, to give the audience a different view of life, and to connect the disconnected. We look forward to developing more formats and documentaries for a wide range of broadcasters which allows us produce content to both engage and entertain.”
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