Walliams sets up comedy production company

Walliams sets up comedy production company

David Walliams has set up a new production company with comedian Miranda Hart and producer Jo Sargent, and a TV adaptation one of Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress (HarperCollins Children’s Books) is one of the first projects on their list.

The new company, King Bert Productions, is adapting The Boy in the Dress for BBC1. It is also producing the second series of "Big School", a sitcom set in a secondary school written by and starring Walliams.

Walliams said he is “thrilled” to be working with Sargent and Hart. “We want to develop our own personal projects and use our expertise to find and nurture new talent.”

Sargent, who has taken on the role of director at the new company, said: “It’s a great time for comedy and entertainment right now and really exciting to be starting this new venture. Developing both established and fledgling writing and performing talent is also high on ouragenda.”

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, will provide funding for King Bert Productions. In return it will acquire the global distribution rights to the production company’s programming output around the world.

Other King Bert Productions projects in the pipeline include two new sitcoms for Channel 4, and a project with comedians Max and Ivan for the BBC.

Walliams is currently one of the UK’s most popular children’s authors and has published a range of titles with HarperCollins Children’s Books, including Demon Dentist, Billionaire Boy and Gangsta Granny. The Boy in the Dress has so far sold 452,803 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan data.

Two of his books have already been turned into TV shows; the BBC produced and broadcast "Mr Stink" in 2012 and "Gangsta Granny" in 2013.