INTERSTELLAR is an independent production company founded by David Williams with Jamie Ormerod. Together they create and craft eye catching TV out of London and Glasgow. With a proven track record of taking original formats and third party IP from topline to series, Interstellar specialise in popular factual, children's and entertainment television for the UK and beyond.
They’re in it for two reasons - to make great TV with the best talent and to have a stellar time doing it.
David established his prolific career during a golden period of entertainment and reality programming and has spear-headed many of the shows that have driven the UK’s “water cooler moments” of the past 23 years such as Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, Dragons’ Den, Stars in Their Eyes and You’ve Been Framed. He’s given 10 people a million pounds to give away on Unanimous and in Space Cadets convinced a group of people that they were in space, rather than in Ipswich.
Before founding Interstellar, David was the Creative Director of BBC Entertainment North, and has produced and executive produced at indies including Fox Television Studios UK, Endemol and ITV Studios. David also spent six years in commissioning at Channel 4 as a Commissioning Editor in both the Entertainment and Factual Entertainment teams and as the Editor of E4, where he commissioned shows including Made In Chelsea, Playing It Straight, and Tool Academy.
Jamie’s first job in TV was to transfer Dale Winton’s extensive CD collection to a first generation iPod. Since then he’s been privileged to hold senior creative roles at the BBC (Executive Producer for Comedy Entertainment), Remarkable (Head of Development), Tuesday’s Child (Executive Producer) and Endemol Shine (Creative Director).
Jamie is a co-creator of the hit ITV quizzes Tenable and Golden Balls and is also the creator of multiple Saturday night studio entertainment shows including Jim Henson’s That Puppet Gameshow and more recently The Hit List for BBC1.
So far on his Interstellar journey Jamie has overseen the UK development of Singletown for ITV2, Show Me The Honey for CBBC and created Interstellar’s first studio comedy show in Question Team presented by the redoutable Richard Ayoade.
Marisa Guagenti is the Head of Production for non-scripted productions at Interstellar Television Limited. This follows previous roles as HOP for companies such as Pulse Films, Leopard Films USA and Disney’s Maker Studios. With more than two decades of production experience; specialising in live and event programming, entertainment, comedy, large fact ent shows and feature docs, she’s loved pulling off huge events such as The Fifa Awards 2018 which was watched by 3.5 billion people. Marisa joined Interstellar TV in October 2018. Since then she has helped the company produce and successfully deliver Singletown, Speed Freaks, Craft Party, Show Me The Honey and most recently Question Team.
She’s come a long way since getting the part as a tree in her primary school play.
Razor Sharp is a new kind of immersive game show featuring comedians and celebrities including: Remi Burgz, Abi Clarke, Joel Dommett, Toussaint Douglass, Nick Helm, Guz Khan, Olga Koch, Lady Leshurr, Scarlett Moffatt and Katherine Ryan. The celebs will need to think on their feet as they are blind folded and driven to an undisclosed location where they’re immediately immersed, into a range of hilarious, real-world scenarios where they are the lynch pin. As soon as their blind fold is lifted, they must use quick wit and get sharp to nail their improvisation as quickly as possible.
Razor Sharp debuts on Channel 4 YouTube channels, whilst shorter edits of each episode will be released across Channel 4 and Lucozade Alert’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. In addition, a bespoke edit of Razor Sharp will form a new linear TV ad that will debut on Channel 4 on the 10th of June during Celebrity Gogglebox and air across the broadcaster’s portfolio of channels.
This Christmas celebrity feuds are getting settled in underground dance battles and ITV2’s All Star Dance Off is here to bring you all the action, with hosts The Vivienne and Steen Raskopoulos. All Star Dance Off is a brand-new comedy entertainment show which blurs fact with fiction through animation, a cutting-edge virtual studio and lovingly shot dance sequences. Featuring throwdowns between rivals Pete Wicks and Sam Thompson, as well as Karim Zeroual vs Melody Thornton.
You Do You is a ground-breaking four-part social first reality series set in the bustling city of Manchester that follows the lives of a group of young creatives, whose relatable stories are shared with their Instagram community. You Do You is the world’s first ever social reality series commissioned by 4Studio’s branded entertainment team and funded by Instagram. This innovative new digital series introduces us to the lives of SINDYSPLACE – a collective of young creatives who are artists, lovers, collaborators and best friends – and is told across Channel 4’s Instagram Reels, Stories and In-Feed posts, along with full IG Video episodes.
What happens if you ask comedians to write a quiz? It’s a question Richard Ayoade has never asked, and yet he’s about to find out the answer. Each week he invites 3 comedians to play a game – the twist is they each bring their own round of questions for the others to play. Expect rounds from the minds of some of the UK’s top comedians. Whoever gets the most questions right – wins.
Show Me The Honey! is a fun-packed and ground-breaking factual entertainment series for delivery in Autumn 2021. Based on the hit series The Great Australian Bee Challenge, the show follows four children aged 9-14 from across Britain as they become first time beekeepers. The series will be a compelling insight into the world of beekeeping but will also shine a light on the natural world and the threats that it faces with global warming and pollution as well as the vital role that bees play in the food chain.
Breaking up has never been so much fun!
Singletown is a stripped reality show with a unique starting point – it begins with an ending. Cameras follow the story of five couples as they press pause on their relationships to live their best single lives – full of money-can’t-buy exclusive dates, out of this world parties and unforgettable experiences. Living apart from their exes in two luxury apartments, which, to their surprise, are located in the same building, they’re able to spy on their other half. At the end of each week, the couples meet to take part in the Love Locket ceremony: will they choose to reunite and leave the show as a couple? Or will one or both choose to stay single and remain on the show? Recently adapted in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Holland and available on HBOMax.
This isn’t any ordinary party – it’s a Craft Party!
Cara, Curtis, Ethan, Georgia, India and Stanley are an irrepressible team of young Crafters who get creative for an amazing party. During each 15 minute episode, our rotating cast demonstrate how to rustle up a striking piece of art and a creative serving of food that’s both pleasing on the eye and tasty in the tum.
Themes range from catchy contemporary interests like slime, emojis, unicorns and music festivals, to eternally popular party favourites like pirates, monsters and superheroes.
Designed to be easy to follow along at home, who wouldn’t want to make a realistic emoji poop hat, a spinning glitter ball, squidgy grape balls, stunning fruit bouquets, farting slime, gingerbread pirates, rainbow smoothies, a robot head or a 3D festival stage for singing selfies?
Every show culminates in a sparkling party where our presenters bring their cunning creations together to enjoy.
Entrepreneur and daredevil Zef Eisenberg takes on his toughest challenge yet – to break the British land speed record in a car he plans to engineer himself. With over 40 land speed records to his name, he’d already done it on a bike at the iconic Pendine Sands in Wales. Now Zef wants to finish what Sir Malcolm Campbell started in 1927 and break the 200mph barrier in a car and, in doing so, become the only person to hold the British land speed records on both two and four wheels.
In order to prepare for this feat , Zef will challenge his own team of mechanics to take a different vehicle each week and make it as fast as humanly possible.Will the knowledge they gain play a crucial part in helping this real-life Tony Stark achieve a life-long ambition to take his place amongst the British legends of land speed?
Some months after filming was completed for this series, Zef tragically lost his life whilst undertaking another land speed record. He is very fondly remembered by the team at Interstellar.
Be it the format or the finished tape, Interstellar shows travel. Singletown had its global premier in the UK on ITV2. In a short time it has travelled to 5 territories with more soon to be announced and the UK series is playing on HBOMax in the US and will soon be available across Europe and Latin America. Whilst our high-octane car series Speed Freaks is currently on air on Discovery in Latin America and other platforms across central Europe and Russia. If you are interested in obtaining one of our shows get in touch.
Interstellar have successfully launched a number of third party formats in the UK. Keen collaborators, the team always have an eye on the international market looking for the next must see show to bring to the UK.
Interstellar have been able to work with some of the highest calibre talent in the country. Some are household names like Richard Ayoade and Emily Atack, others are brand new faces like Local Honey Man, Curtis Thompson. If you have a passion or area of expertise and an ambition to be on camera, we’d love to hear from you.