Brit broadcaster Channel 4 has greenlit three new contemporary drama series, one of which- Kiss Me First- will be a collaboration with Netflix. Airing on E4 in the UK and Netflix globally, Kiss Me First is the newset show from Bryan Elsley, co- creator of Skins. The emotional thriller follows the live of young gamers and explores the relationship between social media and self-image and is an adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s best-selling young adult novel of the same name. The new six-part drama will be produced by Balloon and Kindle Entertainment. It tells the story of Leila, a lonely 17 year old girl addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While playing on the platform, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbours a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance. The series will combine live action with computer-generated virtual world sequences to create the parallel worlds of Leila and Tess’ real life and that of their online alter egos ‘Shadowfax’ and ‘Mania’ in the virtual world of Agora. The series will be produced by Balloon – the prod co co-owned by Bryan Elsley and Harry Enfield – and Kindle Entertainment for Channel 4 in association with Netflix. Bryan Elsley and Melanie Stokes will be exec producers and Bradley Adams will be the producer.
Loaded is a dramedy from Jon Brown that looks at what it means to be rich beyond your wildest dreams at a time when most of your friends are poor. The eight x 45′ minute series follows four life-long friends who become multi-millionaires overnight after selling their start-up vidgame company. Written by Jon Brown (Peep Show), who also serves as exed producer, and based on the award-winning Keshet Broadcasting original series Mesudarim created by Muli Segev and Assaf Harel, Loaded is a co-production between Hillbilly Films and Keshet UK commissioned for Channel 4 by Piers Wenger, Head of Drama. Kate Norrish and Polly Leys are exec producers for Hillbilly Television (Random, Sara Johnson and Avi Nir are exec producers for Keshet along with Muli Segev and Assaf Harel. Roberto Troni and Lee Mason are the commissioning editors at Channel 4.
Tom Basden’s Foreign Bodies, which goes out on E4, is a dramedy following five young travellers on a three month quest around Asia to find paradise, while also trying to find themselves. Basden’s previous credits include Fresh Meat and Plebs. Jonathan van Tulleken (Misfits, Top Boy) is on board to direct several episodes. The writing team includes James Wood (Rev), Tony Roche (Veep), Charlie Covell (Banana), and Edinburgh Comedy award-winning writers Tim Key (Alan Partridge) and Jonny Sweet (Together). This is the second E4 commission for Eleven, who previously produced Glue, which aired on E4 in 2014 and The Enfield Haunting for Sky last year. Foreign Bodies is exec produced by Eleven’s Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson. The series was commissioned for E4 by Piers Wenger, head of drama for Channel 4, and commissioning editor Roberto Troni. It will begin filming in 2016. Entertainment One (eOne) is a co-production partner and will handle worldwide distribution.