Malcolm Gerrie has played a central role in defining the parameters of entertainment, music and events on television around the world. His early credits include The Tube, Channel 4’s legendary show from Newcastle Upon Tyne – his home town, which totally re-invigorated live music TV when it launched in the 1980s. It famously gave Madonna her first ever UK TV appearance and launched the careers of Paula Yates and Jools Holland. Gerrie followed this up with The White Room, which had a similar impact on the genre in the first half of the 90s.
Malcom produced and created three series featuring the band S-Club 7 for the BBC and Fox Family USA, the series broke all ratings records and was sold to over 70 countries world -wide. Two series of the award winning GRIM TALES FEATURING RIK MAYALL for ITV. TOTALLY FRANK, a comedy drama series for C4 following an all-girl band from England as they try to make it big in the USA. ED STONE IS DEAD: comedy sitcom for BBC Three inspired by the cult series Randall And Hopkirk Deceased. COMIN’ ATCHA and CEOPATRA IN THE HOUSE: sitcom for ITV: two series and a major Christmas special following the day-today adventures of three real-life teenage sisters and their band Cleopatra, their Mum and baby sister Terri. The series was a ratings smash and sold to numerous countries internationally.
Recent programmes include DOCUMENTARIES ON SOFT CELL; THE STORY OF READY STEADY GO! and JOAN ARMATRDING: ME, MYSELF, I: a one hour special featuring the UK’s first black female singer-songwriter: all for BBC. WHIZZ KID recently produced its first feature: IBIZA – THE SILENT MOVIE directed by the legendary Julien Temple for BBC and world-wide theatrical distribution. Soundtrack by Fatboy Slim.
In 2012, at the request of the three original women who founded the ground-breaking project in the USA, Malcolm brought STAND UP TO CANCER over to the UK from the USA and sold the format to Channel 4 where it has become a major annual event in the channels schedule. It was the first time in the channels history they had featured a charity telethon. Whizz Kid Ent produced the show for the first two years.
Malcolm and the team at Whizz Kid (and before at Initial) have produced THE BAFTA FILM AWARDS for twenty years on BBC ONE: the programme is sold extensively world-wide.