Darlow Smithson Productions

Endemol Shine UK prodco to gain Belfast base

Endemol Shine UK’s Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) is to open an office in Belfast, Ireland. DSP has hired Anne Stirling to head up the office, which is aiming to grow into a regional production base for its slate of factual titles. Stirling was formerly producer at her Stirling Film & Television Production company, where she […]

Ex-Darlow Smithson, Atlantic execs join UK prodco

Former Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) senior exec Ulla Streib Atlantic Productions’ Ruth Roberts are joining at UK-based producer Talesmith. Streib has been named COO, having joined the factual-focused prodco in a consulting capacity in January 2016. She previously spent 16 years as Endemol Shine Group-owned DSP as part of its senior management team. More recently, […]

Channel 5 onboard first BBC Earth original

The UK’s Channel 5 and BBC Worldwide have co-commissioned an extreme weather series that will be the first original for new thematic network BBC Earth. Weather Terror is a six-part series that debuts this Friday on Channel 5 at 8pm. Internationally (excluding the UK and Ireland), the BBC’s commercial arm has rights and is rolling […]

Charlie Brooker launches indie with Endemol

Writer, satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker has launched a new indie with production giant Endemol. Brooker will be creative director of House of Tomorrow, which will create drama, comedy and feature films for the UK and international markets. This marks the second time a Brooker prodco has partnered with Endemol. He launched Zeppotron with the […]

Nat Geo orders Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall

The international division of National Geographic Channels has commissioned Hasselhoff vs. the Berlin Wall, a special to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Actor David Hasselhoff gave a memorable musical performance as the wall came down in 1989, having proved popular in Germany during his singing career. He performed, from […]

Endemol to launch Mars mission

Endemol-owned Darlow Smithson Productions has partnered with an international space programme, which is attempting to establish a permanent human colony on Mars. DSP is working with Mars One, which selects and trains astronauts, on the project. The producer will create a “worldwide TV event” featuring candidates as they prepare for the mission. Programming around space […]