Tobacco Dock, London
31 October - 2 November 2019
Tobacco Dock, London 31 October - 2 November 2019
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Tobacco Dock, London 31 October - 2 November 2019

Malcolm Gerrie

Chief Executive, Whizz Kid Entertainment

Careers in TV

  • 17:45 - 18:45
  • Friday 9 November
  • Music in Film & TV
  • The Cockpit Room

    About Malcolm

    Malcolm is the founder of Whizz Kid Entertainment spearheading business development whilst also taking an active role in production and the creative vision of the company. After 30-plus years in the industry there isn't a genre of programming that Malcolm has not been involved with be it prime time entertainment, scripted, arts, music, kids, documentaries, events, 3D, comedy or digital content.

    Famed for his pioneering programming, Malcolm created the now legendary live music entertainment show ‘The Tube’ for Channel 4; he broke new ground in ad-funding with the first UK prime-time series featuring the sponsor in the title (the Pepsi Chart) and he produced the first ever global live stream for YouTube with a live concert from U2 at the Rose Bowl, California.

    Other career highlights have included launching ‘The Match' – a reality/football series for Sky One which remains the highest-rated UK-commissioned show ever for the channel; 15 years at the helm of the ‘British Academy Film Awards’ for a worldwide TV audience, 'Let's Dance’ for BBC1 which ran for five seasons, the hit teen drama series ‘Miami 7’ and ‘LA 7’, and the Emmy award-winning 'Concerto'. Malcolm has also been instrumental in over 15 major charity initiatives for TV including ‘Live 8’, ‘Band Aid’, ‘Red Hot & Blue’; ‘War Child’, ‘Nelson Mandela’s 46664’, ‘Fashion Rocks for the Prince’s Trust’ and ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ which he introduced to the UK following its success in the USA.

    Music is one of Malcolm’s greatest passions. He took over producing ‘The Brits’ for eight years and transformed it into one of the biggest global awards ceremonies; he has produced over 30 music series and concerts, six teen music dramas, and has even hosted the critically acclaimed ‘Talks Music’ series on Sky Arts interviewing some of the most respected musicians in the world including Tony Bennet, Robert Plant and Nile Rogers. In the year 2000 Malcolm was inducted into The Music Manager's Forum British Music Roll of Honour and in 2006 received an horary doctorate from Sunderland University for his contribution to TV and the Arts.

    Malcolm has an unquenchable love for talent – nurturing creatives both in front and behind the camera. He has mentored some of the industry’s best producers and directors and has worked closely with the most famous and respected faces in music, cinema and TV. He remains committed to innovation and creativity and is never afraid to take risks as seen in some of Whizz Kid’s most successful output like MTV’s ‘Ex on the Beach’, ‘The Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film’ for the BBC or his latest passion project ‘Ibiza The Silent Movie’ – which is a feature length documentary created for a joint theatrical, live event and TV (BBC) release directed by the legendary Julien Temple.

    Prior to founding Whizz Kid Entertainment, Malcolm was on the main board of Endemol UK running Initial – a company which he founded in 1988 as Initial Pictures with Eric Fellner which subsequently was bought out by the Guardian Media Group.

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