C4 SPARKS

Channel 4 has commissioned Northern Film + Media’s North East Comedy Hot House to commission 24 digital shorts by North East creatives and comedy talent to bring more regional voices to the comedy scene.

We are proud to champion the following production companies who we’re currently collaborating with on SPARKS 💥

Couch Potato Films

Couch Potato Films is an indie production company based in Hartlepool producing scripted and unscripted content for online and broadcast, short film and feature film development, production and post-production. It was founded in 2015 by producer Adam Bouabda to make cool content about the North, in the North.

Adam Bouabda of Couch Potato Films: “SPARKS is an amazing opportunity for a business like mine. Here in the North East, we don’t have a huge amount of creative commissions knocking on our door. SPARKS is giving us a chance to prove our talent, our production capabilities and build relationships that will eventually see us as the go-to Indie in the North East for Channel 4, other broadcasters, SVODs and content creators worldwide.”

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Roundhouse Pictures

Roundhouse Pictures is the production arm of the creative agency The Roundhouse, which specialises in making short-form content that bridges the gap between corporate and original commissions.

James Craggs of Roundhouse: “The opportunity to take part in something like SPARKS is what we consider a real game changer – not just for us as a production company but for the region’s production industry and we want to see that thrive as much as possible. We don’t just see this as a chance to make something different, we see this as the chance to learn from the top people in the industry and to deliver to a new and different criteria. We believe we’ll come out of this as a much better company in every way.”

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FNA

Gateshead-based FNA began as a filmmaking collective in 2002 and since then it has written, directed and produced dozens of shorts, a feature-length comedy and is currently in post-production with its first feature-length documentary.

Zahra Zomorrodian of FNA: “Comedy has always been our favourite genre and SPARKS is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with our passion, work with emerging talent from the region while giving us our first Channel 4 commission.”

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Tri-Hard Films

Tri-Hard Films creates, develops and produces exciting ideas and opportunities. They love working with new talent, believing experience has to start somewhere. They are in the process of developing comedy ideas, from sketches to sitcoms, and SPARKS is their first step on that road.

Morgan Stephenson of Tri-Hard Films: “SPARKS tests the water, sets the standards, matches the talent and awakens the North East to the exciting time ahead. SPARKS will allow us to balance results-drive production with up-front creative comedy.”

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Candle & Bell

Candle & Bell is a video and film production company who champion storytelling and bold, creative ideas. Founded in 2013 after amassing over a decade’s worth of experience working with HBO, Sky, Scottish TV, and BBC, Candle & Bell are committed to promoting filmmaking in Tyneside and the North East.

 

 

 

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