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BBC3, HBO Max get Starstruck

WarnerMedia’s soon-to-launch streamer HBO Max and youth-skewing UK pubcaster BBC3 have commissioned a six-part comedy series by award-winning comedian Rose Matafeo.

Rose Matafeo

Starstruck, to be produced by UK and US prodco Avalon, is part of HBO’s spending spree for HBO Max ahead of the SVoD service’s launch in 2020.

The six-part series will follow regular millennial Rose (Matafeo) who discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star.

Matafeo is a comedian and actress who won Best Comedy Show at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2018 and was nominated for a Barry Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

“I’m thrilled we get to make it, otherwise it would’ve technically just been a creepy fan fiction script that I submitted to the national broadcaster,” Matafeo said.

Starstruck was commissioned by Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC, and Fiona Campbell, controller of online network BBC3. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp. Executive producers are Matafeo, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner and Rob Aslett.

“Comedy is a huge focus for BBC3 and it always performs really well for us,” Campbell said. “We already have some great comedy characters and writers that our audience loves and we’re really excited to add Rose’s voice to that list and introduce her to the channel.”


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