Quibi is a new mobile-video startup from Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and seasoned tech exec Meg Whitman, and it is the first entertainment platform that will present fresh content from today’s top talent—one quick bite at a time. The Film Office, responsible for managing Newham Council’s filming and photography permissions, are delighted to have been a part of creating some of the first content for this new platform.
[Image source: Elba and Block IG Story]
In 2019, Worker Bee TV approached The Film Office looking for a site for the show ‘Elba & Block’. They required an open plan space, workable for car stunts. Silvertown Square (which we have managed for many activities in recent years, including Stormzy’s Vossi Bop shoot) proved to be the ideal solution. Offering flexibility on the car stunt set ups; a gritty look and feel; while being easily accessible from central and east London the site is well liked by shoots looking to have freedom to perform how and what they want.
The production used the site for the main stunts of the series with Actor Idris Elba and rally driver Ken Block going face to face. Each episode will see Elba and Block go head-to-head pitting a variety of cars against each other in a series of increasingly outrageous stunts to prove which car — and more importantly which driver is the best.
Some of the eight stunts planned include “Wall of Death,” the “Car Tightrope,” and the “Flaming Obstacle Course.”
Ben Smith, Head of Development at Worker Bee Television said, “We were delighted with how the location worked for our production Elba v Block for the new streaming service Quibi. The space worked well for safely creating the environment and set for this motorsport and stunt based show and also provided a great variety of backdrops from the dystopian feel of Millennium Mills to the sleek look of London Docklands. For the logistics of filming it was also perfect – allowing 24 hour access, close proximity to transport links and City Airport and segregated areas for crew parking and mobile hospitality.”
Emily Gunn, Film Officer on the job said, “Even in the wet conditions the production had to endure at the time, the location looked amazing – with circus tents, derelict cars and show spaces set about across the site. It will be really exciting to see the American platform launched in April, changing the way in which we see and watch television, knowing it was filmed so close to us in London, at our private location in Newham.”
We’ll post links to the final released works when they’re live!