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STV Productions and GME explore celebrity couple phenomenon for Channel 5

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For the first time ever, STV, GroupM Entertainment and Channel 5 have produced the definitive countdown of the top 40 most powerful celebrity couples.
 
If you’re a big star, there’s one thing you can do that is guaranteed to turbo-charge your celebrity, boost your bank balance and regularly break the internet with hysteria all about you – become part of a celebrity couple!

From Jay-Z and Beyonce to Kim and Kanye, Brad and Angelina to Bill and Hillary, Posh and Becks to Wills and Kate, it’s clear that being a celebrity couple is THE smartest career move you can make.
 
STV Productions and co-production partner GroupM Entertainment have been commissioned by Channel 5 to produce a dazzling new data-based countdown show which explores the phenomenon of the celebrity power couple.
 
ULTIMATE CELEBRITY POWER COUPLES ‘16 celebrates the world’s richest, sexiest, most powerful, headline-grabbing celebrity partnerships of 2016 – from ‘A’ list actors and some of the world’s biggest rock and pop stars, to sporting icons and world leaders, this show has them all!
 
We’ve ranked our couples according to their reported wealth, their media impact and their political muscle and brought these three rankings together to create a definitive countdown of 40 of the biggest celebrity couples on the planet.
 
This gossipy, glitzy two-hour special features interviews with a cocktail of celebrities, comics and showbiz insiders, who entertainingly reveal how our celebrity couples met and how their careers have been boosted by doubling up their star power.
 
Throughout the show, we reveal fascinating facts about their money, publicity and their power:
 
·         Which billionaire pair on our countdown has more money than the rest of the list combined?
 
·         Which couple has a staggering 114m followers across all social media platforms?
 
·         Which celebrity power couple changed US foreign policy?    
 
Along the way, we’ll explore what makes a successful celebrity power couple and dispense some useful ‘do’s and don’ts’ for aspiring celebrity couples everywhere; we’ll remind you of some classic celebrity couples from the past, together with some of the oddest, most unlikely celebrity pairings to date (Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett, anyone?).
 
Finally, we’ll reveal which dynamic duo has topped our poll and is crowned the ULTIMATE CELEBRITY POWER COUPLE of 2016!
 
Will Kim and Kanye see off Jay-Z and Beyonce? Will Wills and Kate usurp Charles and Camilla?  Will the Clintons ‘trump’ the Obamas? And where will the Beckhams land on the list?
 
ULTIMATE CELEBRITY POWER COUPLES ‘16 – where two is definitely better than one!
 
Executive Producer for STV Productions is Liam Hamilton and for GroupM Entertainment is Melanie Darlaston.
 
Liam Hamilton, Deputy Director of Content at STV Productions, said: “One of the most interesting aspects of the show is the latest social media data that we’re using to compile the list. This wasn’t available in previous years and vividly reveals the media penetration of the most successful celebrity couples.”
 
ULTIMATE CELEBRITY POWER COUPLES ’16 was commissioned by Ninder Billing, Commissioning Editor, Factual at Channel 5.
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:- 
 
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
anna.hendry@stv.tv 
 
 
About STV Productions
 
STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for growth both domestically and internationally. 
 
The company has a record of success across a range of genres including drama, entertainment and factual for a wide range of broadcasters.    Ratings winner Antiques Road Trip has run for twelve series on the BBC, with a further five series of sister programme Celebrity Antiques Road Trip also produced.    In entertainment, the company produces Catchphrase for ITV, Safeword for ITV2, The Link for BBC Daytime and The Lie for STV, TV3 in Ireland and S4C in Wales.  
 
Specialist factual successes have included Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC1 and Swallowed By The Sea – Ancient Egypt’s Greatest Lost City for BBC2.    Documentaries have been another strong growth area.    Fire in the Night, a feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Single Documentary and the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.   Since then we have produced The Lockerbie Bombing for Smithsonian Channel in the US and ITV, The 7/7 Bombing: Survivors’ Stories for ITV, Rollermania for BBC Scotland and BBC4, Prison: First and Last 24 hours, an 8 hour series for Sky1, and Dunblane: Our Story for BBC2.
 
STV Productions has a track record of producing quality returnable drama series including Taggart and Rebus and intends to build on this solid reputation. In the last five years it has produced Fast Freddie and The Poison Tree, both for ITV. It currently has script commissions from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
 
STV Productions has a partnership with Red Arrow International which co-invests in and co-develops projects as well as distributing STV Productions’ completed programmes and formats, outside the UK.
 
In August 2015, STV Productions entered a strategic development partnership with GroupM Entertainment Ltd to create new entertainment, factual and drama projects for the UK and international markets.