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Deadpan Pictures partners with Boat Rocker for scripted comedy-drama Video Nasty
26 Mar 2024 : News Desk
Video Nasty
Irish production company Deadpan Pictures (Northern Lights, Dead Still) to co-produce and distribute 6x30’ scripted comedy-drama series Video Nasty globally.

Boat Rocker, an independent, integrated global entertainment company, has announced it has partnered with Ireland’s Deadpan Pictures to produce Video Nasty, a new 6x30’ premium returning scripted comedy-drama series for BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Three and iPlayer, Virgin Media Television, and WDR (Germany). The series is produced with Screen Ireland. Boat Rocker will distribute the series globally.

Set in 1985, when the home video revolution is in full swing, Video Nasty tells the story of three teenagers who go on a quest to complete a cult VHS collection. Instead, they get mixed up in a murder investigation, becoming chief suspects and public enemies.

“Deadpan are delighted to work with Hugh Travers and Julie Baines again and with veteran director Christopher Smith at the helm, Video Nasty is sure to be a horror-filled treat for BBC, Virgin Media Television and WDR audiences early next year,” said Ailish McElmeel, co-founder and producer Deadpan Pictures.

“With a perfect mix of 80s nostalgia, dark humour and murder mystery, this coming of age story takes a very exciting approach to issues more relevant today than ever before. As funny as it is suspense-filled, this story of three 'mostly normal' Irish teens is anything but normal and Virgin Media Television are delighted to be on board to bring it to Irish audiences” added Sinéad Stimpfig, Head of Commissioning & Acquisitions, Virgin Media Television.

Ailish McElmeel (Northern Lights, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope) is series producing with Julie Baines (Something in the Water, Triangle) as producer. The series is written and created by Hugh Travers (Your Mother Should Know, Red Rock), and directed by Christopher Smith (Spy/Master, Triangle) and Megan K. Fox (Too Good to be True).  

Video Nasty is executive produced by Boat Rocker’s David Fortier (Beacon 23, Slip), Ivan Schneeberg (Beacon 23, Slip), Nick Nantell (American Rust: Broken Justice, Beacon 23), and Erik Pack, in addition to Eddie Doyle and Raphaëlle Oloan for BBC, Frank Tönsmann for WDR, SWR and NDR (FabFiction-Initiative), Nada Cirjanic for Screen Ireland and Ailish McElmeel, Paul Donovan and Marc Lorber for Deadpan Pictures and writer Hugh Travers.

Production will commence in April with filming taking place in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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