Darlow Smithson Productions’ (DSP) co-creative director Julian Ware (pictured) is retiring from the TV industry after 40 years, prompting a series of exec changes at the Endemol-owned UK indie.
Ware, who has been with DSP for 10 years and took the role of creative director alongside Ben Bowie in 2011, will leave the company at the end of July.
In tandem with the move, Bowie – who has been with the company for 12 years – is being promoted to become DSP’s managing director, while deputy creative director Emily Roe is being promoted to creative director. Both take up their new roles with immediate effect.
Endemol UK CEO Lucas Church said: “Ben and Emily bring with them a fantastic creative pedigree and will undoubtedly build on DSP’s amazing track record.
“Separately, I’d personally like to thank Julian for all he has done during his time at DSP. He is a truly great program maker and we wish him the very best in his retirement from the TV industry.”
Bowie added: “It’s a great privilege to be asked to lead DSP, which richly deserves its reputation as one of the world’s leading producers of factual programming.
“On a separate note, we will be extremely sad to see Julian leave us at the end of July. He represents the very best in factual program making and will be greatly missed by us all.”
Ware’s credits at DSP include Richard III: The King in The Car Park, The Mill, How To Build A Bionic Man, The Falling Man, Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day and The Beckoning Silence (all for Channel 4); and Blitz: London’s Firestorm (for Channel 4 and PBS).
Prior to joining DSP, he was director of programs at ITN Factual.