Seriously TV – the indie backed by Remy Blumenfeld and Justin Bodle’s creative incubator The Hot House that was recently launched by Malcolm Clark – has scored their first commission from French broadcaster ARTE for a single documentary film about the Zika virus.
The as-yet untitled documentary follows, in real-time, the world wide battle against Zika, the strange disease that appeared in Brazil in late 2015 and caught the attention of the world when babies were born with deformed skulls. The producers have also secured exclusive access to a series of cutting-edge experiments, from vaccine trials to new ways to combat the mosquitoes that carry the disease.
The one-off documentary is being produced by Seriously TV in association with Paprika Films in France. The film was commissioned by ARTE’s Hélène Coldefy and will be directed by Seriously TV founder and Creative Director Malcolm Clark. Caroline Vermalle is the writer, Laura Farrenq is the Assistant Producer and Timo Ebermann is the Director of Photography. Laurent Baujard is the executive producer for Paprika.
“Attention may have shifted since the first shocking headlines, but behind the scenes there’s been an incredible story unfolding”, Seriously TV’s Creative Director Malcolm Clark said in a statement. “We follow the spread of the epidemic and its aftermath like a real-life detective tale. The more scientists study the Zika virus the weirder and more unpredictable it turns out to be”.