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Denman Rooke steps down as chairman of October Films

Denman Rooke is to step down as executive chairman of October Films after nearly 25 years at the London-based factual television indie. Rooke first joined October Films in 1995 with responsibility for ...
October 8, 2019

Denman Rooke is to step down as executive chairman of October Films after nearly 25 years at the London-based factual television indie.

Rooke first joined October Films in 1995 with responsibility for originating, directing and executive producing obs-docs, science, history and current affairs series.

In 2004 Rook was elevated to managing director, exec producing myriad titles including The Beslan Siege and Outrageous Acts of Science. He became executive chairman in 2014, where he continued to develop and produce programming while also mapping the studio’s direction and growth strategy.

Rooke’s responsibilities will be transferred to October’s managing director Adam Bullmore; Jane Manning, director of production and operations; and Matt Robins, creative director.

“For the past quarter-century October Films has been at the center of my professional life. The company has given me the opportunity to fulfill many of my greatest creative ambitions and I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with some of the most talented people in the television industry,” said Rooke in a statement. “I’ve seen October grow from one room where we made a few hours of television a year to become a company employing over a hundred people, based in our offices in the UK and the U.S. and in our drama studios and post-production facilities.

“It has been an exciting and demanding 25 years, but as I head into my sixties, I have been reflecting on the possibilities of a life with a different rhythm. After much thought, I’ve decided that now is the right time to move on.”

With offices in London and New York, October’s recent productions include History Channel docudrama Barbarians Rising, Amazon Prime Video soccer-focused series This is Football, BBC1 documentary Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out and CNN history series First Ladies.

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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