HBO Max, BBC Partner for New Original Comedy Series

WarnerMedia’s pending subscription streaming video service HBO Max has partnered with BBC Three for new London-based comedy series “Starstruck.”

The six-part show is written, created by and starring 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Rose Matafeo.

The show, which will also be broadcast in the U.K., follows twentysomething Rose (Matafeo), a millennial juggling two dead-end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with a movie star.

Rose Matafeo

“The BBC have been so supportive of this project from the get-go and to be able to get this show in front of American audiences at the same time via HBO Max is truly exciting,” Matafeo said in a statement. “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.”

“The minute we were introduced to Rose and ‘Starstruck,’ we knew we had something special,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “She is exactly the type of original, culture-forward creator we are excited to be working with at HBO Max and we are looking forward to a long partnership.”

Aubrey, along with other Max executives, is profiled in the “2019 Women in Home Entertainment” issue of Media Play News.

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Matafeo won “Best Comedy Show” for her solo show “Horndog,” which has enjoyed sell-out performances around the world, including the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and a Barry Award nominated run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

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