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Darlow Smithson and Tigress announce partnership

Today IMG Media-owned companies Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) and Tigress Productions announced a new creative partnership between the two prodcos. The partnership will see John Smithson taking responsibility for the output of both companies while Tigress MD Andrew Jackson leaves the company to join BBC's Natural History Unit in Bristol.
July 6, 2009

Today IMG Media owned companies Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) and Tigress Productions announced a new creative partnership between the two prodcos. The partnership will see John Smithson taking responsibility for the output of both companies while Tigress MD Andrew Jackson leaves the company to join BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol.

‘Tigress has become one of the most distinctive companies in the industry thanks to Andrew Jackson’s passion and experience,’ says Smithson, executive chairman and chief creative director at DSP. ‘While we are sad to lose Andrew, this is a great opportunity for him and we look forward to working with him in the future in his new role.’

Under the new partnership, Tigress and DSP will remain separate companies but will work together to bump up Tigress’ natural history and adventure slate. The deal is meant to help fuel Tigress’ growth as a major international prodco.

‘I’m excited by the prospect of working with the extremely talented team at Tigress to build the company into an even more dominant name in the UK and international markets,’ says Smithson. ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for both Darlow Smithson and Tigress. Both companies have established reputations in their individual fields and will complement each other beautifully.’

Smithson also adds that Tigress’ track record in producing ‘outstanding natural history and adventure programs’ makes the prodco a natural partner for DSP. ‘The combined knowledge and experience of both companies will make us a force to be reckoned with in the factual arena and I am confident the move will help both indies continue to grow over the next few years.’

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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