COMEDY CENTRAL INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONS ‘BROTHERHOOD’ FROM
BIG TALK PRODUCTIONS
Series production starts on the first multi-camera sitcom produced for VIMN’s international portfolio of comedy channels
London, 21 October 2014: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced that series production has commenced for Brotherhood (formally Mummy’s Boys), a new multi-camera sitcom from Big Talk Productions. The 8 x 30 series is being shot on location and in front of a studio audience, starting this month.
Brotherhood features a UK cast, including Johnny Flynn (Scrotal Recall), Ellie Taylor (Snog, Marry, Avoid & Fake Reaction), Gemma Chan (Fresh Meat, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), Ben Ashenden (Siblings, The Pin) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda, Horrible Histories). It is written by newcomers Patrick Carr and Paul McKenna and marks their first scripted television commission.
Lourdes Diaz, Vice President, Head of Global Production & Development, Comedy Central International, said: “Last year we announced Comedy Central International’s strategy to commission multi-camera sitcoms for a global audience. Brotherhood is the first to come through our development pipeline and I am thrilled it’s going into series production. Paul and Patrick have written a fantastic series that will resonate with our core 16-34 audience and the cast is absolutely spot-on!”
Kenton Allen, Chief Executive of Big Talk Productions, added: “We’re thrilled to be continuing our successful relationship with Comedy Central and delighted they are backing Paul and Patrick's whip-smart studio sitcom. We can’t wait to welcome audiences to the Brotherhood.”
Brotherhood follows twenty-somethings Dan (Ben Ashenden) and Toby (Johnny Flynn) who become surrogate parents to little brother Jamie (Scott Folan) after their mum passes away. Dan is a sarcastic joker - anxious and a little uptight. Toby is a naive sweetheart with an eye for the ladies. And Jamie hasn’t said a word in six months.
Thrust into a new world of responsibility, Dan and Toby are in over their heads. Will Dan ever get the upper hand on his live wire work colleague Poppy (Ellie Taylor)? Will Toby get together with Jamie’s gorgeous school teacher Miss Pemberton (Gemma Chan)? Will the boys get meddling Auntie Debbie (Sarah Hadland) off their backs? One thing’s for sure: the brothers only have each other to rely on since, well, that’s all they’ve got.
Brotherhood is produced by Sam Ward (Threesome) and directed by Dominic Brigstocke (I’m Alan Partridge, Smack the Pony, Green Wing). Executive producers are Kenton Allen, Chief Executive of Big Talk Productions, Caroline Leddy (The Inbetweeners), Jill Offman, MD Comedy Central UK & & SVP International Content and Lourdes Diaz, Vice President, Head of Global Production & Development, Comedy Central International.
The first show will be filmed at Pinewood studios this Friday 24th October. Free tickets can be obtained from SRO Audiences www.sroaudiences.com
About Viacom International Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Game One and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 700 million households in approximately 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com, blog.viacom.com and the Viacom Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.
For Further Information:
T: +44 20 3580 3253 / +44 7500 100 005