Leading independent production house and financier Goldfinch’s in-house modern genre production label, THE NUMBER 44, is building on the success of its first feature, the psychological horror Father of Flies, through a pair of new projects with UK podcast company Stak. THE NUMBER 44 is teaming up with Stak to co-produce a new podcast titled “Ten Minutes of Terror” and has also optioned its “Jackie the Ripper” podcast series for a black comedy feature of the same name.
Established by Goldfinch in 2021, THE NUMBER 44 is led by Head of Production and award-winning Producer and Director, Ben Charles Edwards (Father of Flies, Quant, A Bird Flew In), and is dedicated to genre-focussed scripted features, shorts and podcasts, including horror, thriller, contained sci-fi and LGBTQIA projects that capture the current zeitgeist.
THE NUMBER 44 and Stak will jointly produce “Ten Minutes of Terror”, a series of terrifying 10 minute ‘flash fiction’ audio podcast episodes taking the shape of the tried and tested ‘ghost-stories by the fireside’ format. The series will be curated by Luke Moore for Stak and Ben Charles Edwards for THE NUMBER 44/Goldfinch and is set to launch across all platforms by spring 2022.
THE NUMBER 44 has also optioned the rights to the chart-topping tongue-in-cheek podcast “Jackie the Ripper” from Stak, which it is now developing as a horror feature with Joel Emery (“The Offensive”) attached to write. Almost 150 years after Jack the Ripper, there’s a new serial killer terrorising East London. From the creators of hit mockumentary podcast, “The Offensive”, “Jackie the Ripper” is a laugh-out loud, timely comedy-drama retelling of the infamous Whitechapel killings of the 19th century.
These projects build on Goldfinch’s existing first look deal with Stak, which is home to some of the UK’s biggest podcasts and draws millions of monthly downloads from around the world.
Kirsty Bell, CEO and Founder at Goldfinch, said: “THE NUMBER 44 was born out of our experience making Father of the Flies – there was a clear opportunity to respond to market needs and utilise our in-house talent pool to deliver high-quality genre content on commercially astute budgets. As we build on the creative and commercial success of Father of the Flies, these new projects with Stak perfectly underscore of our ambition of this label, and our goal to set a precedent of outstanding style and delivery within the independent film and content sector.”
Ben Charles Edwards added: “Through THE NUMBER 44, we’re dedicated to offering a great platform for storytellers to have their ideas heard and to tell the most terrifying and thought-provoking stories of modern times – whether that’s on screen or via audio content. Our thrilling new projects with Stak aim to achieve just that – from the spine-chilling tales in “Ten Minutes of Terror” to the gruesome yet hilarious retelling of the Jack the Ripper murders, we can’t wait to bring these eclectic and authentic stories to audiences.”
On the “Ten Minutes of Terror” podcast, Stak’s Luke Moore commented: “These short but effective bitesize ten minutes will have the flexibility to be far more innovative, diverse and disruptive in the podcast space, as opposed to the longer series told over several episodes.”