London-based October Films has bolstered its development and production teams in the UK and U.S. with the appointments of David Arrowsmith (pictured) and Josh Wilkins, and the promotion of Jos Cushing.
Arrowsmith, who has been named head of UK development, will work to expand the company’s slate across the UK while building on October’s portfolio, which includes Channel 4′s Walking the Himalayas and BBC2′s Caravanner of the Year.
Arrowsmith joins from Channel 5 where he served as head of development for the pubcaster’s in-house production unit, 5Production, developing such series as Tribal Teens, Heists and Benefits Britain. Prior to this, he served as development producer at ITN Productions.
Wilkins, meanwhile, has been brought on as head of operations in the U.S., where he will be primarily based out of the studio’s New York offices. Reporting to Jane Manning, director of production and operations, he will work with Robins and Chris Muckle, head of U.S. factual, on October’s American slate.
Wilkins most recently served as VP of production at Discovery Communications, where he oversaw teams across London, New York, Washington and LA, and produced scripted and unscripted content for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC. Previously, he worked as head of production at London-headquartered producer Nutopia.
Cushing, who will be based in London, has been promoted to head of factual for the UK and will be responsible for overseeing the shop’s core productions for the U.S. and international networks. Cushing has previously exec produced such series for October as Channel 4′s Walking the Himalayas and Walking The Nile, National Geographic’s Mygrations and History’s Barbarians.