Our very own Dean Webster has been selected as one of Broadcast’s 2022 Hot Shots in the Development category. This annual emerging talent initiative gives recognition to the ‘brightest and most promising’ individuals from across the industry in broadcasting, production or post-production. You can check out Dean’s career highlights for yourself online and in the print edition of November’s issue of Broadcast.
Ten66 Television has been selected as one of six independent production companies for the programme. In partnership with The TV Collective, C4’s Indie Accelerator provides the opportunity for indies led by Black, Asian and other minority ethnic talent to forge closer bonds with Channel 4 commissioners and departments, grow their network and strengthen their screen business skills. We’re thrilled with the news as Channel 4 have previously commissioned three digital series from us ‘The Black Lesbian Handbook, UK and USA’ and ‘Extraordinary Teens’. The team looks forward to developing a programme for the channel’s broadcast slate.
After six years freelancing regularly with Ten66 Television, we are delighted to appoint Dean Webster as our first Head of Development. After the success of our reality dating format ‘Love In The Flesh’, Dean has stepped up into a permanent position within the company. As Head of Development, he is charged with refreshing the slate and continuing to cultivate new, exciting factual entertainment formats.
‘Love In The Flesh’ proves a significant title for Passion Distribution as they report a second consecutive year of growth. The 2022 Distributors Survey revealed that the company’s annual revenues were up 8.6% to £13.9m, an impressive feat in the wake of Covid. Part of this success lies with Passion’s strong niche of factual entertainment formats including ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’, as well as Ten66’s very own ‘Love In The Flesh’.
Ten66’s Dean Webster, has been selected as part of industry training provider TRC’s SuperSizer 2022/23 cohort. Aimed at Development Executives based in the Nations and Regions, the professional development scheme provides crucial mentoring to those who are ambitious about winning high value commissions. As a regional indie, we hope that the experience equips Dean with the confidence to transform ideas into large-scale returnable formats.
US streaming giant Hulu has acquired our reality dating show Love In The Flesh (8 x 45’), becoming its exclusive stateside home! We couldn’t be happier with the news and, with the series premiering on 26th July 2022, we can’t wait to hear the feedback from its newfound US audience.
‘Love In The Flesh’, which originally aired on BBC Three in the UK, focuses on five real-life potential couples who have already formed relationships via dating apps and social media but who have never met each other in the real world. These online daters are whisked away from the pressures of daily life and their screens to a beautiful Greek beach house where they can explore whether their online relationships can turn into love in the flesh.
The Disney-owned streaming service joins a growing list of international broadcasters and platforms to air the show, which include Discovery (New Zealand), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark) MTV3 (Finland), TV4 (Sweden) and SIC (Portugal).
The series, presented by Zara McDermott, launched on BBC Three in March 2022 and distribution is handled by Passion Distribution.
In a fairytale ending, the winners of this year’s Love In The Flesh have announced their pregnancy! Chibz and Shazelle are expecting a baby girl in the early summer, a magical gift for their new family. Their co-star Lauren also announced her own exciting news shortly afterwards – she is also expecting a baby girl. There’s obviously something in the Love In The Flesh water.
Audience feedback highlighted the show’s diverse and inclusive credentials compared to other mainstream reality dating shows. Repeatedly cited was the involvement of LGBTQIA+ contestants alongside heterosexual ones, the racial diversity of the couples as well as the body inclusivity of the show.
The diversity of the three finalist couples of this year’s Love In The Flesh finale has been applauded by our viewership. Winners Chibz and Shazelle, runners-up Millie and Shelby and third-placed Jess and Kwame were all lauded for their reflection of the diversity of modern UK society.
London-based Chibz and Shazelle were announced the winners of Love In The Flesh in a moving final episode. Runners-up Millie and Shelby and Jess and Kwame came in second and third place respectively. And presenter Zara McDermott served a shock reward to the winners: a holiday to the Caribbean, with the caveat that they’d only be able to redeem if their relationship was still going six months after filming ended. We don’t think that will be an issue!
Love In The Flesh has been applauded for it’s relaxed, effortlessly inclusive attitude to same-sex relationships. With the inclusion of couple Millie and Shelby, the show blends LBGTQIA+ contestants with heterosexual ones. And it doesn’t stop there with the entrance of bisexual Lauren coming into the mix as well. As Digital Spy highlighted, comment in on how other shows haven’t managed to pull this off, ‘”Logistical difficulties” aren’t really a thing for Ten66 Television when it comes to queerness.’
We are happy to welcome Charlie to the team in his position as Junior Researcher. After being an exceptional runner on Love In The Flesh last autumn, he is joining the company on a regular basis as part of the development team.
Olwen has joined the Ten66 team as a Digital Trainee, mostly editing assets for social media as well as taster tapes for development. It’s her first job in telly and, (fingers crossed) first of many!
Get your tissue boxes ready for this rollercoaster of a dating series with Zara McDermott. 5 couples meet for the first date of a lifetime, having previously only spoken online. For some it’s been months, others have been speaking online for years. Tune into BBC Three on Wednesday 23rd March at 10pm to find out what happens when they meet in the flesh.
Tune in from Monday 22nd October 8pm on 5Star for this 3-part series filled with expert tips and tricks to breathe life into your home from storage to gardening.
At a time when more relationships develop and exist online than ever before, our new series Love in the Flesh explores what happens when couples finally meet face to face.
Nick and his team of 7 experts unveil secret tips and tricks to improve anyone’s home, starting with creating more storage, space and organisation.
Over 1 million viewers benefited from the combined know-how of our experienced property presenters.
We’re especially proud that this show was produced and shot completely remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, using a mixture of archive and interviews, with everyone working from home! A feat of patience and clever thinking!
Ten66 Creative Director, Rukhsana Mosam, will be one of the speakers at the Festival in a session called ‘How to Set Up Your Own Production Company’