UK-based DCD Media has announced its new production division, DCD Factual, to be overseen by Charles Thompson as its creative director. Thompson, currently the chairman of Steadfast Television Ltd, will oversee both DCD Factual and DCD Media’s factual production companies, Prospect Pictures, Prospect Wales, West Park Pictures and West Park West, which will continue as individual brands but reside under the new DCD Factual umbrella. David Green, CEO of DCD Media, plans to add further acquisitions and start-ups to the new division.
Thompson will continue on as chair of Steadfast on a non-executive basis, with discussions underway for the Content Ventures-owned company to join the DCD Factual division.
The new creative director brings experience as factual television producer of Crime Beat for BBC One, Send in The Dogs and the acclaimed Commando documentary series for ITV, Ship Rescue for FIVE, Brit Cops for Bravo and more.
‘The existing companies under DCD Factual are great brands and I look forward to helping them work together to achieve even more programming,’ said Thompson in a press release.
Bhupinder Kohli has been named DCD Factual’s director of production. Kohli is currently head of production at Prospect Pictures, Prospect Cymru/Wales and Prospect Films.
The new division is already in production on programs, including BBC4′s one-hour special Keith Douglas – A Poet at War, and the 2 x 60-minute Passion of Port Talbot for BBC Wales, both produced by Prospect. Prospect also has a six-part health and doc series for BBC3 in production within the DCD Factual division. For More 4, West Park Pictures is producing the one-hour program, Punchdrunk’s Duchess of Malfi .
‘This is the latest move in our strategy to streamline the group to increase profitability, and position DCD for an even bigger push into the international television markets,’ said Green.