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Changes for DCD Media’s factual division

West Park Pictures' founder and chief executive Andre Singer has stepped down to become a consultant for DCD Factual, while Cardiff-based Prospect Cymru, the prodco behind the upcoming How Not to be Pregnant (w/t), will become DCD Factual's main producer.
February 7, 2011

UK-based production and distribution group DCD Media has begun firming up the structure for its recently-created factual division, headed by creative director Charles Thompson.

Cardiff-based, DCD prodco Prospect Cymru will now be the main producer for DCD Factual. The prodco will appoint a Cardiff-based head of programming to help expand its existing slate, which includes the recently-announced How Not to be Pregnant (w/t) six-parter for BBC Three.

West Park Pictures, the prodco behind the Stephen Fry factual vehicles Stephen Fry in America and Last Chance to See, will undergo a management restructure with founder/chief exec Andre Singer stepping down to become a consultant for DCD Factual. Charles Thompson will oversee the company’s existing programming slate.

“West Park will from now focus on specialist factual production,” explained Thompson in a statement. “We make a lot of music and arts and other specialist factual programs within the division, and these will now sit within West Park.

“We owe Andre a debt of gratitude,” he continued. “His successful shows with Stephen Fry have brought DCD a great deal of kudos, including a string of awards. I wish him well and am glad he remains a Consultant to our factual team.”

As for making Prospect Cymru the factual production hub for DCD Factual, Thompson said that Wales “is a vital part of our factual strategy going forward, and we are now going to expand our activities and investment there.”

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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