He’s the cigarette-smoking, pint-swilling politician who’s shaken up Westminster’s corridors of power with polarising views and a maverick style.
In 1993 he set up a party of what David Cameron called “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists” with one principal goal: to get Britain out of the EU.
Nigel Farage could never be accused of swinging for Europe. Until now.
The greatest reverse-ferret since Frank Maloney ditched the slacks, the Kent-born Eurosceptic has come out all guns blazing for his European chums as the star of this Paddy Power’s Ryder Cup political broadcast.
Yes, we thought Team Europe needed a suitable attention-seeker to drum up more home support. Jose Mourinho was sadly unavailable but Mr Farage (50) answered the call. Hoot were proud to help with both the writing and as the production company for #SwingForEurope .
Agency: Mischief PR
Client: Paddy Power
Writers: James Rawlings, Tom Woods, James Menzies. Hoot
Producer: Michael Beddoes. Hoot
Directors: Simon Wan & Robin Schmidt. Hoot
Hoot Comedy has partnered with Dutch airline KLM for a 360 degree campaign. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of KLM flying from more UK destinations than any other carrier.
“It was a really exciting brief for us,” says James Rawlings, Creative Director of Hoot Comedy. “The fact that KLM fly from 16 regional airports, forced us to look at the part of the journey that’s now no longer relevant: that long, unpredictable and often stressful journey to the airport. And what if you throw in an unreliable relation to help get you there? This was an exercise in bringing to the screen all those little peculiarly irritating moments we’ve all experienced when embarking on an international journey. Hopefully the audience will identify with those too.”
Blinkbox is to launch a music streaming service in 2014.
They have chosen Hoot Comedy to create a funny series that illustrates how easy it is to use.
Britain’s Got Talent sensation Diversity will be showing us some visual dance illusions in three new viral’s to promote Cadbury’s Marvelous Mix-Ups. BAFTA nominee Ben Mallaby will direct.
Castrol have chosen Hoot Comedy to create a series of web based short films based around the inner thoughts of their cars.
As Now TV gear up to offer Sky Sports through their subscription streaming service, Hoot Comedy will be supporting by making a viral film with Soccer Saturday’s very own Chris Kamara.
Hoot Comedy will be working in collaboration with adam&eveDDB to create a series of Instagram videos for Captain Morgan’s rum. The videos will be released over the next three months and will reference key events in the lead up to the summer. Chris Poole will direct.
Bex has worked on award winning sketch shows and sitcoms – ‘Horrible Histories’, Lee Nelson’s ‘Well Funny People’ & ‘Well Good Show’, and more recently CBBC’s new comedy ‘Hank Zipzer- The World’s Greatest Underachiever’ starring Henry Winkler & Nick James. My episodes will be airing from Tuesday 4th March, 5pm on CBBC, 2014.
As well as writing and directing her own short film ‘Meeting Daddy’ which was selected for the Atlanta Film Festival 2012 under the BBC America Shorts Programme, and will be playing at the BFI, Saturday 25th Jan 2014, as part of the Southwark Arts Forum – London Shorts Programme.
Bex is great at directing funny comedy with talented actors and comedians, and we look forward to collaborating with new agencies and producers alongside her.
Hoot Comedy’s exclusive release of Tooty’s Wedding on The Huffington Post UK ties in with our move into producing a slate of full-length film and TV comedy features.
“We are overjoyed with the success achieved by all the team behind this short film, and now we’re giving it away to fans in conjunction with the Huff Post, hoping they’ll join us for the next exciting phase in our journey,” says Hoot Co-Founder and Executive Producer Ben Bond. “Hoot aim to make box office hits for an international market with the best comedy talent and we have some very exciting projects on our new slate.”
‘Tooty’s Wedding’ stars rising British comedy stars Mathew Baynton, Daisy Haggard, Laura Solon and Ben Willbond, and was directed by Fred Casella. The movie had a successful run at festivals all over the world – including Sundance.
• Winner – Grand Prize for Best Comedy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival
• Winner – Jury prize for Best Short at the Friars Club Film Festival
• Winner – Best Comedy at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2011
• Winner – Award of Merit – Accolade Competition 2011
• Official selection for the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
Ben joins Hoot Commercials roster of Comedy Director’s and will be working alongside Hoot’s creative teams servicing content and production for agencies and brands.
Ben’s a BAFTA nominated director who premiered his most recent short ‘Battlecock!’ at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival. His BAFTA nominated film ‘Island Queen’ also won the Best Comedy award at the European Independent Film Festival this year. He has just released his first feature length thriller ‘Borderlands’ for festival submission and begins work on his second feature ‘Annie has Body Issues’ next year.
Welcome to Hoot Ben!
Hoot create a viral for bathstore to promote their soft closing loo seats. Created, written, directed and produced by Hoot Comedy.
Hoot were commissioned by Sky to create an online teaser for the new series of the Kumars. Edited by Nick DenBoer and Chris Poole
‘The Orlando Show’ was unleashed onto youtube to promote ipad/iphone accessories brand C by Covert. The Character was developed by Hoot Comedy alongside London Advertising, and the content was written, produced and directed by Hoot Comedy. Featuring Jamie Demetriou as Orlando.
James sat alongside two of our favourite people today… Dave Buonaguidi from Karamarama and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, Susie Essman, in this extraordinary Advertising Week Europe-only Seminar on advertising & humour.
Hoot and Giffgaff are proud to present ‘The Chaos’, a new online comedy. The series about an indie rock band from Camden has already been described as ‘Spinal Tap for 21st century’ and features an all star cast including: Dan Skinner, Chris Kendall, Jeff Leach, Sammy T. Dobson, Tom McGarva, James Holmes and Rufus Jones. The Chaos was created and written by Hoot Comedy’s Ben Bond and James Rawlings and produced by Ben Thompson, Theresa Larche and Michael Beddoes. It was commissioned and is being broadcast by mobile network Giffgaff. You can find all five episodes here: http://www.thechaosband.com. Watch out for more new stuff from The Chaos through April 2013. Tell us what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoot and ASOS have combined to unleash the Asossin on all those tired Christmas Cliches.
The Hoot duo of Ben Bond and James Rawlings have directed this commercial for Secret Sales. Produced by Park Village for agency Big Al’s Creative Emporium.
That’s a wrap! Hoot work with Lean Mean Fighting Machine and Emirates to deliver content for the new Cable Car spanning London. The content is available online, youtube, mobile app and in the Terminals south and north of the river.
The digital agency Lean Mean Fighting machine has commissioned Hoot to deliver a series of films to promote the new Emirates Airline Cable Car.
LMFM will display the films in the new terminal buildings, emirates airline website and the new mobile app. Hoot have appointed Steve Gray, the D.O.P we’d previously worked with on the Sundance Film – Tooty’s Wedding to help bring this magnificent legacy & new landmark for London to life.
24/7 Social – Part of the Arena Media group of companies has commissioned Hoot Comedy to create an animation for one of their clients. Jim Le Fevre, Hoot’s BAFTA winning animator will deliver a comedy sketch using his low-fi wizardry.
Here’s Morris – The surprise hit at our talk to the IPA Club 44 – Many thanks to the IPA and all that attended.
HOOT creative directors Ben Bond and James Rawlings have directed a new promo for COKE ZERO and SONY PLAYSTATION VITA, featuring super model Bar Refaeli. It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it! The film is playing out all over North Europe and has had over 2 million views in the week since release. Get into bed with Bar and win yourself a new PS VITA before they’re even in store…
On 20th March at the ICA, Perrier Award winner James Rawlings, BAFTA nominated screenwriter Ben Bond and RTS nominated producer Ben Thompson, co-founders of Hoot, will discuss the importance of humour and drama in storytelling in a bravely titled debate – ‘advertising isn’t funny’
Parallels between writing comedy for advertising and broadcast will be investigated followed by some Q&A session with established comedy writers and performers, and some jokes.
The event will take place on 20th March at The ICA, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH. The event will start at 6.00pm with a drinks reception. At 6.40pm Hoot comedy will take to the stage followed by Q&A. The event will close at 7.45pm.
HOOT’S comedy short TOOTY’S WEDDING has been accepted into the 31st Sundance Film Festival, after a successful run on the UK and US festival circuit. There were over 3,592 short film entries, from 16 countries and is one of only 27 films selected for the International Shorts section.
Tooty’s wedding was created by and stars Perrier Award winners Ben Willbond (Horrible Histories) and Laura Solon (Laura, Ben and Him, Talking and Not Talking) and is directed by Frederic Casella (Exit Strategy, HeavenScent). It was produced by HOOT.
Creative Director & Co-Founder Ben BOND said “Sundance is a great opportunity for Hoot and we hope the festival will be instrumental in helping us develop Tooty’s into a full feature and to bring Hoot’s content to a wider audience”
Here’s our brand new, 14 part comedy series THE REAL GEORGE OSBORNE, starring the brilliant RUFUS JONES (who recently received rave reviews as Terry Jones in BBC4 Python drama ‘Holy Flying Circus’). The Real George Osborne sees George undertake a number of ill-advised PR stunts in order to compete with Boris Johnson as ‘the best Tory’ and unseat David Cameron. Our bumbling Chancellor takes street-dance lessons, enlists a full-time reality TV crew and struggles with fad diets to improve his image.
Catch every new episode Tuesday to Friday up until December 14th.
Steve Morrison script writer and general all round funny man who delivered us @chilean_miner joins hoot’s awesome twitter team to lead The Real George Osborne Twitter Feed.
Follow The Real George Osborne on Twitter@MrGeorgeOsborne or #RealGeorgeOsborne.
The Real George Osborne: New comedy series starring Rufus Jones
launches exclusively online today
Chancellor George Osborne has been re-imagined in a brand new internet comedy series starring Rufus Jones (Holy Flying Circus) which premiers today (22 November)
The Real George Osborne follows George and his long-suffering advisor, Vicki, as he tries to raise his political profile in a bid to become the next Prime Minister.
Filmed in 14 parts and airing between now and Christmas, The Real George Osborne sees George undertake a number of ill-advised PR stunts in order to compete with Boris Johnson as ‘the most recognised Tory’ and unseat David Cameron. Our bumbling Chancellor takes street-dance lessons, enlists a full-time reality TV crew and struggles with fad diets to try to improve his image.
The series stars Rufus Jones, who recently received rave reviews for his part in Holy Flying Circus, the fantastical re-imagining of the time around the release of Month Python’s Life of Brian.
The Real George Osborne has been commissioned by anti-poverty campaigners, the World Development Movement, ahead of a vote on regulation of food speculation by banks in the European Union next year.
Tooty’s Wedding will be at the Aesthetic Short Film Festival – 4th-6th November 2011, screening details to be announced at the end of the week.
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world. The Film Festival was created as an outlet to support and champion short filmmaking and developed from the Aesthetica Magazine Short Film Competition.
the festival is organised by the premier worldwide arts magazine Aesthetica.
Aesthetica engages with the arts both in the UK and internationally, combining dynamic content with compelling critical debate and pushing boundaries while exploring the best in contemporary arts and culture.
Tooty’s get its first outing in the Big Apple with a New York premiere. The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival (the most prestigious comedy institution in the USA) will screen it during the first Shorts programme at 1330 at the Clearview Cinemas on Saturday 15th October.
THE FRIARS CLUB COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL (FCCFF) is a star-studded celebration of the comedy genre in the heart of vibrant New York City. Known widely for its roasts and “100 years of antics,” members of the Friars Club include the industry’s top comedians and entertainers, from Frank Sinatra to Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg to Jerry Seinfeld.
And now Hoot.
Congratulations this morning for all involved with Tooty’s Wedding to date. An especially big HOOT shout goes to Ben WIllbond, Laura Solon & Fred Casella for their bold writing and direction. Hoooooot!
Hoot signed up Danny Capozzi this week to lead the design team for Hoot Animaton’s new children series in pre-production.
Danny Capozzi has been obsessed with drawing characters from the age of 6. He was the odd kid at the back of the classroom annihilating his textbooks with oodles of doodles whilst making sound effects.
Danny has worked in animation for ten years working as an illustrator, Production designer and Director on Series, short films, idents and commercials.
Aardman Animations awarded him a job as Production Designer on Chop Socky Chooks, a CGI series for Cartoon Network which won a Gemini award for Best Animated series 2008 and has just been nominated for a BAFTA 2009. Nickelodeon soon followed, commissioning Danny to direct and design Idents and branding for their global identity.
During this time Danny Capozzi has had the great pleasure of working with Aardman Animations, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Channel 4 and MTV along with a host of ad agencies based both in the UK and the USA. Danny’s Hershey’s ads have been running for the past 4 years in the US.
Hoot Comedy’s Short Film – Tooty’s Wedding screens this evening.
RIIFF’s Opening Night Program will salute “The Road to the Oscars®”,” a signature theme for the Festival. Some of the best short films that the 2011 festival has to offer will be showcased. All films will be screened in High Definition Digital courtesy of the sponsorship of Sony Corporation, HB Communications and PMA Industries.
The films screened will represent an array of genres reflecting RIIFF’s unique status as the lone film festival in New England that is a qualifying event for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “Oscar”. There are more than 7,000 total film festivals worldwide; only 65 have been granted this prestigious distinction.
RIIFF’s Opening Night screening spotlight’s the very best of our short film submissions serving to provide a taste of the breadth of subject matter, inspiration, and talent that is prevalent in the festival. This year’s opening night films are -
• Elfar Adalsteins’ Sailcloth,
• Frederic Casella’s Tooty’s Wedding
• Yan England’s Henry,
• Terry Gilliam’s The Wholly Family,
• Terry George’s The Shore,
• John Salcido’s Cataplexy, and
• Ahmet Tas’ Brot.
Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), August 9-14, announced the lineup for its 15th annual fest. This is the only Academy Awards-qualifying festival in New England.
This year’s 195 films include 18 world and 21 North American premieres. The fest will kick off with an opening-night ceremony and screening of Hoot Comedy’s short film: Tooty’s Wedding” directed by Frederic Casella, Written by Ben Willbond & Laura Solon.
Tooty’s Wedding – a short film produced by Hoot Films, written by and starring Laura Solon and Ben Willbond was been accepted into the LA ShortsFest featuring some of the best short films from the past year.
The film was screened at 3:15pm on Tuesday 26th July.
Season 2 Finale: The search for the new Victoria
A long distance romantic comedy in 6 episodes
Created by Hoot Comedy
Written & Directed by Ben Bond, James Rawlings – Hoot Comedy
Production: Wenneker TV
Agency: Tribal DDB. Amsterdam
Sometimes love is a fluffy teddy bear with open arms. Other times it is a board with rusty nails in it that smacks you upside the head. In Nigel & Victoria 2 ‘THE SEARCH FOR THE NEW VICTORIA” the love is somewhere in between.
The second season of the hit online comedy conlcudes – Will Nigel’s career crash and burn? Will Nigel & Victoria stay connected while on the move, or will their love experience a controlled demolition in the hands of Dan? Watch Series 2 of Nigel & Victoria and find out.
Steam scooped the Copywriting Award at the inaugural Institute of Promotional Marketing Awards. The Scrumpy Jack Scrumpyshire campaign was penned by James Rawlings, one of the founding partners of Hoot Comedy. The online Gazeete ran last year for Jygsaw Brands Ltd
The Scrumpy Jack campaign needed to stand out from the ‘over ice’ serve driving much of the category growth at the time and reach its core audience (AB male ‘career guys’). Aesop developed the campaign to incorporate ads in broadsheets and London-centric dailies, poster ads, a Scrumpyshire website, an on-pack competition for a luxury cottage break and a partnership with the Guardian.
All the elements used quintessential English humour and the Guardian website featured ‘Scrumpyshire’ content including quizzes and a travel report. The brand’s own website parodied a village paper, The Scrumpshire Gazette, with content updated regularly. The promotion ultimately drove significant growth in volume and value sales in the off-trade, while both websites had significant numbers of unique users and high average dwell times, due to the involving copy.
It begins here! Tooty’s Wedding is the first comedy feature from HOOT FILMS! We recently shot a teaser in idyllic surroundings in Dorset. The film takes the characters of PETER & ALISON (who you can get to know via their micro-series on this site) and follows them as they attend the wedding of one of Peter’s old flames from university. Ben Willbond and Laura Solon star with Daisy Haggard and Matt Baynton. We’ll be shooting the full length feature next Summer but here are some of the production stills from the short version to wet your appetite. Follow the HOOT BLOG for more exclusive news, clips and features on ‘TOOTY’S WEDDING’ over the coming months.
As part of our ongoing partnerships Punkyduck have launched our comedy sketch, video community website.
The website functionality includes a full content management system that allows automatic upload and encoding of video for distribution both over the web and in dual formats for the iPhone to cover playback on both Wi-Fi and 3G channels.
With a concentrated PR effort and the buzz that already surrounds many of the comedy talent involved it is expected that Hoot Comedy will be a huge success. To this end, the video is stored across a fully expandable content delivery network to ensure the best quality of video is maintained at the lowest cost.
For more info please visit: www.punkyduck.com
Hoot Comedy in conjunction with Tribal DDB Amsterdam & Wenneker TV are delighted to be commissioned to write, direct and cast Season 2 of nigel and Victoria. More to follow.
Hoot Comedy will host a private screening of the short written by and staring BAFTA Winner Ben Willbond and Laura Solon at the Hospital Club on Thursday 17th February.
Directed by Fred Casella, the film also features Matthew Baynton and Daisy Haggard.
Hoot’s latest viral ‘Love is in the Air’ for Virgin Atlantic has been written up in Campaign Magazine.
Our friend Graham Hodge, Director of Branded Content at LBI London had this to say: “Virgin Atlantic’s bold, irreverent brand gave us a fantastic opportunity to turn the humble app demo movie on its head and create something that’s funny and entirely fresh. We’re really proud of this piece and the way it enhances the online experience of the brand with high-quality, on-brand content.”
That is all.
Hoot’s recent work for Phillips – ‘Nigel and Victoria’ features in the branded content section of the latest issue of Contagious Magazine.
Contagious acts like a creative early warning system.
The quarterly magazine identifies the ideas, trends and innovations behind the world’s most revolutionary marketing strategies. The accompanying DVD showcases over 60 pieces of high quality creative work sourced globally. Each campaign is presented in a ‘challenge/solution/results’ format, which analyses the effectiveness of these innovative marketing solutions.
70% of entries shortlisted for Titanium & Integrated shortlist at Cannes Lions 2009 had already been featured in Contagious.
Hoot recently teamed up with LBi London to create a small 90 second viral for the Virgin Atlantic – ‘Love is in the Air’
The client wanted something a little dark and edgy referencing the army of keen plane spotters that loyally and passionately track their aircraft. The Virgin Atlantic Flight Tracker iPhone app provides useful information about flight status and Flying Club accounts. If that isn’t enough for you, the app adds some fun games and a handy global view of Virgin Atlantic’s whole network with real time flight tracking info available in real time
‘Love is in the Air ‘ features Alex Macqueen of The Thick of It, The Inbetweeners and In the Loop fame stars as a man in love with Virgin Atlantic plane Rose.
Please visit the Virgin Atlantic YouTube Channel.
The Phillips & Hoot bandwagon keeps rolling on…
Episode 7 went live yesterday as ‘Nigel and Victoria’ ramps up to the big finale next Monday 11th. Episode 6 has had over 150,000 views on YouTube alone, fuelled by the great press the series has been getting – see below for a piece from this week’s Time Out London.
To see what all the fuss is about and to catch up on all the episodes click here.
Philips launch a new global online-only comedy series ‘Nigel and Victoria’ to preview a series of new lifestyle products.
The series follows the off screen romance between the sexy, gadget-crazy Victoria, who reviews Philips products in a very personal honest way; and Nigel, the loveable and very British, marketing manager from Philips who just can’t stop interfering. The show is a classic case of Boy meets Girl, Girl meets Boy. Boy loves Girl. Girl doesn’t love Boy. Boy embarks on endless ways to impress Girl. It is a love story told in three and a half minute episodes.
Shot in a mock-documentary style, each of the 8 weekly episodes will be distributed primarily through You Tube and available to watch on Philips.com from September 6. The project began with 8 product reviews, each of which has their own behind the scenes episode that forms the basis of the series.
Nigel and Victoria was created by Philips and produced by Hoot and online video production company Wenneker TV. The series is a first for Philips which aims to engage consumers with reviews about its products in fun, entertaining way.
Building on the successful company launch and the website Hoot are proud announce a Hoot TV app for the iPhone is now available on the App Store.
The Hoot mobile app offers a high-quality viewing experience on the move, offering access to all original Hoot Comedy content. The new app has been created to take advantage of the simple fact that most of us are bored witless whilst on the move. ‘Hopefully what this will do is deliver some original content and fun to a mobile audience, extending the reach of British Comedy once more’ said Ben Thompson.
‘We are trying to be flexible to find new markets and to hopefully showcase the work of some amazing talent to a bigger audience’ He added.
‘British comedy is a cracking export, yet the amount commissioned each year is bite size in the overall schedule. We just need the studios and broadcasters to wake up to the fact that there is some amazing talent out there and to commission more TV. So in the meantime it’s about sticking to what we believe in and finding our own voice. The internet is a great place to play and to test out characters, some may make the grade and may be developed into virals for commercial clients or agencies, others may make the leap into broadcast, whilst many will fall by the wayside, – Overall shooting original short form comedy in our spare time could be considered narcissistic but it keeps us sharp and lets the writers stay on top of their game – plus we really do all have a great laugh. So lets just hope the global audience on their iphones think so too!”
The iPhone App is easy to use and allows users to browse the programme guide and to view the sketches for free.
Hoot Productions, is a comedy production company that works with broadcasters, studios and global brands to deliver original content featuring some of the best in UK comedy. The company directors are Ben Bond, James Rawlings and Ben Thompson.
Hoot Comedy for iPhone is available now from the App Store at:
Leading international comedy content specialists Hoot Comedy have teamed up with iLoader, renowned provider of mobile marketing and content delivery services.
Together we deliver the best bespoke comedy content and distribution services for your agency or brand. We’ll work closely with you to understand your market and create top comedy content on budget, on time, and on message.
We combine original and very funny creative with 360 degree production services, and advanced mobile technologies for marketing and distribution, making us a ‘one stop shop’ for your comedy campaign.
Hoot is already recognised as one of the leading specialist comedy destinations online, creating and showcasing short form comedy content from award winning comedians. It also has a growing reputation for exporting UK comedy talent and content internationally working across commercial, broadcast (adult and kids comedy), film and mobile.
Hoot work directly with agencies and brands providing a number of services from comedy focused copy-writing, consultancy and casting, through to scripting, directing and producing fully integrated campaigns. We have unique relationships with the most exciting British comedy talent and top in-house creatives in areas ranging from animation to app design.
iLoader is a leading provider of mobile marketing and content delivery services.
iLoader works for a wide variety of clients within the music, entertainment, e-commerce, retail and FMCG sectors. Their solutions are deployed online, on pack, in print and within live venues. Their systems deliver songs, videos, pictures and even apps to mobile handsets, using a range of innovative technologies. They do not discriminate between low-end handsets and sophisticated smart phones – their solutions work for everyone. The benefits to clients are clear and quantifiable. Viral marketing spreads from one happy mobile owner to the next. The result is large databases of customer contact information (name, email, and mobile numbers), incremental product sales, added footfall through stores and increased online sales – to name but a few.
In 2010 Hoot Comedy commissioned Harry Cymbler & Hot Cherry to roll out a social media campaign to launch and promote Hoot Comedy across Europe.
Our campaign will help to promote a number of new comedy series including The Saint – featuring BBC2′s Home Time, Emma Fryer and ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Turkish Spoon’. Directed by BAFTA winning animation director Jim le Fevre, the series follows Watson and Sherlock travelling the globe, taking as many drugs as possible to solve the mystery of the, er, Turkish Spoon.
Results: Hot Cherry’s social media campaign will roll out across 2010. To date, over 100,000 unique visitors have seen Hoot Comedy. The campaign continues to help raise awareness of Hoot Comedy among influential online communities, ignite positive word of mouth and drive traffic to the site.
For more info please visit: www.hotcherry.co.uk