Monday 21 November, 2022
UKTV has commissioned Get Off My Phone!, six short-form comedy episodes (6x15') for Dave's YouTube channel.
Get Off My Phone! is produced by Mermade and is a new format that sees six comedians hand over their phones to their family members. Giving them free reign to deep dive into their digital other halves, their family members will be able to access messages, social media platforms and dating apps to name a few, taking their relationships to a whole new level.
The brave comedians taking part in the series include Ania Magliano, Travis Jay, Thanyia Moore, Hayley Morris, Finlay Christie and father-daughter duo Grace and Alastair Campbell.
The first episode of Get Off My Phone! is available now. Further episodes will drop on YouTube on Fridays at 5pm.
Get Off My Phone! has been commissioned for UKTV by Sarah Asante, commissioning editor and ordered by Erina Jones, director of social and online media with Cherie Cunningham, Dave channel director and Andrea Amey, general manager for digital.
The series is produced by Mermade and directed by Josh Buckingham, series produced by Charlie Laurie with Benjamin Sutton as director and producer.
Sarah Asante said,
I'm very pleased we are making this original series for the Dave YouTube channel, working with some young, up and coming talent that we've had our eyes and ears on for a little while. The idea of sharing the entire contents of your phone with a family member is both an amusing one, and also a rather terrifying one. Rather them than me!
Erina Jones said,
We are so excited to launch Get Off My Phone!, our second YouTube exclusive series for Dave. Dave's YouTube presence is a critical part of Dave's mission to connect with audiences wherever they're spending their time and this warm and funny series is sure to do just that.
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But Dave isn't just restricted to television screens. There's exclusive online content, with Youtube's Big Zuu's Wrap Clash and Who Cares? With Amelia Dimoldenberg, as well as Facebook series The Comedy Guide To Life, Bad Advice with Olga Koch and BackChat. Dave's partnership with CALM has led to exclusive commissions and innovative online and marketing campaigns such as #BeTheMateYoudWant. Dave also crowns its yearly Joke Of The Edinburgh Fringe every August.
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Mermade is a digitally focused production and entertainment company working across the US and UK. We specialise in scripted and non-scripted for social, digital and OnDemand broadcasters. Mermade was founded in 2018 as the sister company to Merman. We exist to delight and disrupt the premium digital landscape. Generating original IP and breaking the new wave of talent.
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