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Exclusive: Smithson takes aim with Arrow Media

New details have emerged of the indie being set up by former Darlow Smithson Productions creatives John Smithson (pictured) and Tom Brisley, which is to be called Arrow Media, realscreen has learned.
June 29, 2011

New details have emerged of the indie being set up by former Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) creatives John Smithson (pictured) and Tom Brisley, which is to be called Arrow Media, realscreen has learned.

Smithson and Brisley, who respectively served as head and creative director of DSP, will both serve as joint creative directors at Arrow Media, which will be based in London. Meanwhile Iain Pelling, who served as managing director of DSP, will hold the same role at the new indie.

The firm is billed as “a content creation and management business,” with full details of its first commissions and projects set to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The venture is Smithson’s first since departing DSP, the company he co-founded, earlier this month¬†– a move which saw him calling time on the acclaimed production company¬†after some 23 years.

As previously reported, Smithson and Brisley have been replaced at Endemol-owned DSP by senior exec producer Ben Bowie and head of special projects Julian Ware, both of whom have been promoted to joint creative directors.

In his two decades at DSP, Smithson’s productions have won vast acclaim and an array of awards, with notable titles including The Falling Man (Channel 4), Thriller in Manila (More4), long-running series I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Animal Planet) and Seconds From Disaster (National Geographic Channels International).

In addition, Smithson produced the Oscar-nominated feature film 127 Hours and Kevin Macdonald’s BAFTA-winning doc Touching the Void.

In April this year, DSP was named one of the top 100 factual producers in the world in realscreen‘s Global 100 survey, an honor the prodco has received annually since the list’s inception.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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