WISE OWL’S FIRST CHANNEL 4 COMMISSION TO AIR ON WEDNESDAY 21st APRIL

WISE OWL’S FIRST CHANNEL 4 COMMISSION TO AIR ON WEDNESDAY 21st APRIL

Wise Owl Films today announced its first Channel 4 commission, Second-Hand For 50 Grand, following the staff and customers of one of Britain’s leading companies in pre-owned luxury.

The 1x60 minute documentary goes behind the scenes at Xupes exploring how second-hand chic is the latest growing trend in the luxury goods industry – from Chanel handbags to rare Rolex watches.

Run by 33-year-old CEO Joe McKenzie, Xupes is a 35-strong team based at the company HQ in Hertfordshire. The documentary follows Joe and his dedicated team as they buy, sell, fix and find the rarest pieces of luxury items on the planet – for clients each with their own special personal reasons for owning, or wanting to own them.

Joe bought his first watch for £500, sold it for £1000 and was hooked. Today the business deals in watches, handbags and jewellery - turning over a neat £15m a year.

Wise Owl Films’ Creative Director Mark Robinson said: “In 2021, second-hand chic is the latest must-have for luxury lovers who want something that no one else has got. It was fascinating to see how much expertise and detective work went into finding – and putting a value on – these incredible rare items. It was a privilege to hear the often emotional stories behind why clients fall in love with them”.

Second-Hand For 50 Grand will air on Channel 4 on Wednesday 21 April at 10pm. It is a 1 x 60 minute film commissioned for Channel 4 by Will Rowson, Commissioning Editor, Factual. The documentary is filmed, produced and directed by Tom Green and executive produced by Matt Drury for Wise Owl Films.

Second-Hand For 50 Grand is the latest commission for the Leeds-based Lime Pictures factual label Wise Owl Films, whose other recent commissions include the BBC2 documentary When Bob Marley Came To Britain, the More4 series David Jason’s Great British Inventions; Sky Arts’ Guy Garvey: From The Vaults and the upcoming BBC2 series Yorkshire Firefighters.

LUCY SMITH JOINS WISE OWL FILMS TO HEAD UP PUSH INTO FORMATS AND FEATURES

Lime Pictures non-scripted label Wise Owl Films has appointed Lucy Smith as Development Executive to head up their push into Formats and Features in 2021.

Lucy was previously senior development producer at MultiStory Media where her credits included The Big Flower Fight (Netflix) and You Are What You Wear (BBC1).

Before working at the ITV Studios label, Lucy was at betty where her development slate included Gone To Pot and £10k Holiday Home (ITV) before moving to Firecracker Films where she worked on Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (W) and How The Other Kids Live (C4).

Wise Owl Films Creative Director, Mark Robinson, said: “Lucy is one of the most sought after development executives in the UK and we have been trying to persuade her to come home to Yorkshire and work with us for a very long time. We are absolutely delighted that she is now finally back in the North and able to help us expand and grow our output in Formats and Features”.

Lucy said: “After living and working in London for the best part of a decade I’m chuffed to be finally home in Yorkshire and am looking forward to working in Leeds at such a key point in the city’s TV history. It's a great time to be making TV shows out of Yorkshire and I want to direct my energy into the growing production scene here - and help Mark in his ambitious plans for Wise Owl Films”

ITV COMMISSION TRIBUTE TO THE LATE, GREAT BOBBY BALL

ITV COMMISSION TRIBUTE TO THE LATE, GREAT BOBBY BALL

Wise Owl Films has been commissioned to make an ITV tribute show in celebration of one of Britain’s most popular entertainers. Rock on, Tommy – The Bobby Ball Story will document the life and work of comedian and actor Bobby Ball, who passed away last month.

Wise Owl Wins First BBC2 Series Commission

Wise Owl Films has won its first BBC2 series commission, following Yorkshire firefighters on and off duty, using the latest technology to bring viewers closer than ever to real emergencies and the men and women dealing with them.

The four-part documentary series has been commissioned by BBC England and BBC Two and follows the work of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"GUY GARVEY: FROM THE VAULTS” BOX SET NOW AVAILABLE

"GUY GARVEY: FROM THE VAULTS” BOX SET NOW AVAILABLE

All six episodes of our new Sky Arts music series “From The Vaults” are now available to watch as a box set on Sky and Now TV.

Elbow frontman and broadcaster Guy Garvey lifts the lid on two decades of TV gold – with era-defining musical performances, long-lost studio appearances and revealing interviews from the archives.