Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Big Talk Productions [draft]

Hadn't noticed until reading this article about the best upcoming films for Spring 2011 another common link between Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul - not just S.Pegg, N.Frost + (on the former two) director E.Wright, plus WT/WT2 ... but also the UK production company Big Talk Productions:
Big Talk Productions was founded in 1995 by producer Nira Park.[1] The company's first television series was Spaced. Directed by Edgar Wright, the series featured Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes and Nick Frost. Two seven-episode series were made for the show from 1999 to 2001. Since the end of its second series, Spacedcult following. has gained an international
Big Talk continues to establish itself as a leader of British sitcoms with shows that include Black Books and Free Agents. The company's most notable productions however are its feature films starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the first two films in the "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy" continued to establish the career of the lead actors upon their releases. In 2010, Big Talk Productions served as a co-producer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a feature-film adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim comic book series.[2] Paul, directed by Greg Mottola, stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as two men who befriend a fugitive alien.[3] Attack the Block is the debut feature from comedian Joe Cornish and is executive produced by Edgar Wright. It stars Nick Frost, Jodie Whittaker, Luke Treadaway and a host of newcomers, and will be released in the UK on May 13th 2011.
Future projects
Big Talk has several feature films and television that either in production or in development. Edgar Wright has been reported to be directing three feature films for Big Talk. Baby Driver, a film set in the United States, has been described as "a wild spin on the action and crime genre"; The World's End, another film featuring Pegg and Frost, will be the final film in Pegg and Wright's "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy";[4]

Apart from its feature films, the company will produce several television series for BBC Two and BBC Three. Him & Her, is a new comedy series focusing on a couple in their mid-series. The series, produced by Big Talk's CEO Kenton Allen, stars Russell Tovey and will air on BBC Three;[5] Rev. is another sitcom, focusing on the enormous daily frustrations and moral conflicts of a reverend (played by Tom Hollander). The series began production in January 2010.[6]

They're the sole production co (highly unusual, at any budget level) behind the new sci-fi Attack the Block, budgeted at £8m [IMDB].

Nice link to Paul in particular, but also note that, just as with WT (HGrant/RCurtis; PGreengrass etc) and Warp (SMeadows, PConsidine), there are key creatives behind the company's impressive record of success: S.Pegg, N.Frost, E.Wright (all also stalwarts of WT/WT2).

Furthermore, there's a nice example of marketing, and how its differentiated between the US and UK auds. Take a look at the US promo site + the UK promo site and note the differences; the same as we'll see with the marketing of a great many other WT films, espec the rom-coms

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