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Arrow poaches Discovery’s Swartz

Channel 4-backed UK producer Arrow has hired Howard Swartz as executive VP, development and production. He will be based in London and joins from Discovery Channel, where he was executive VP, documentaries and specials. Swartz (pictured) is tasked with driving Arrow’s US development slate alongside Arrow’s co-founders and creative directors, Tom Brisley and John Smithson. […]

Arrow poaches Endemol Shine exec

UK indie prodco Arrow Media has poached Oliver Wright from Endemol Shine UK for a new role, head of features. As a producer, Wrights credits include Channel 4 series Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny, Channel 5 doc Daniella Westbrook: Eastenders, Drugs and My New Nose and BBC Three’s Snog Marry Avoid. At Arrow, he […]

Sky Arts looks at Bailey exhibition

UK satellite channel Sky Arts has commissioned a one-off doc from indie Arrow Media looking into selected works of British photographer David Bailey. David Bailey’s Stardust: Exclusive will broadcast on the channel next month close to the opening of a new exhibition. The programme will see Bailey taking Sky Arts’ art historian and critic Tim […]

Raft of executive changes at Darlow Smithson

There have been a series of senior management changes at Endemol-owned factual producer DSP. Creative director Julian Ware is leaving the company after a decade and will be retiring from the industry. His former co-creative director Ben Bowie (pictured) has been upped to managing director after twelve years with DSP. Deputy creative director Emily Roe […]

Epic drama for factual channels

The last decade saw the big factual channels move from documentary led schedules to grids full of factual entertainment and observational docs. History, by commissioning mega-hit miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, has started the next evolution of factual channels and drama is a new battleground among the big networks, reports Stewart Clarke It’s unlikely that the […]