Fizz, part of Banijay Group’s RDF, has struck a partnership deal with Belfast-based start-up Nice One Productions. 


The project, which received funding from Northern Ireland Screen, will see Crystal Maze producer Fizz work with the comedy entertainment business to co-develop and co-produce a range of formats for local and national broadcasters. 


The partnership comes in the wake of increasing demand from UK broadcasters for content from the nations. Fizz and Nice One have come together to target five original ideas initially, with all productions stemming from the partnership intended to be produced in Northern Ireland, using local talent and locations.  


The new Northern Irish partnership has been spearheaded by Fizz’s Creative Director, Neale Simpson, and Nice One’s Founder and Creative Director, Chris Jones. 


Nice One’s commissions to date have included Fright Shorts for BBC iPlayer and What Makes You Tic? for BBC Three. Chris Jones’ credits also include Ask Rhod Gilbert, Monumental with Adam Hills and Britain’s Favourite Childrens Books, with David Walliams.


Fizz is behind Channel 4’s The Crystal Maze, E4’s soon-to-return Shipwrecked, and ITV’s daytime quiz show, Tipping Point. 


The announcement follows RDF West’s recent partnership with Cardiff-based Wales&Co.  





Jon Creamer

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