G100 UK: Darlow Smithson Productions

Darlow Smithson Productions
March 1, 2008

Darlow Smithson Productions
(an IMG Media company, London)

While Darlow Smithson again returns to the Global 100 for its work in 2007, it’s hardly been the same-old, same-old for the prodco in the last year or so.

Granted, the company – now a newly minted arm of IMG Media – continues to produce global hits (this year, broadcasters’ picks include Day of the Kamikaze and Falling Man), maintaining the same successful thread found in Deep Water and I Shouldn’t Be Alive, recent moves hint at bigger things to come.

Last August, Darlow Smithson added 16-year A&E vet Didi O’Hearn as vice president of US productions. Based in New York, O’Hearn will oversee an expansion of US commissions. Also not to be ignored are recent moves at IMG that may affect the prodco. In February, ex-HBO head and now IMG Global Media president Chris Albrecht brought on Rob Lee to head up programming, and work at the pointy end of IMG’s factual production affiliates, Darlow Smithson and fellow G100 nominee Tiger Aspect Productions. Lee recently headed his own Bayonne Entertainment, but has previous experience at the TV and packaging divisions of Triad Artists and the William Morris Agency.

In the meantime, it’s back to the businesses at hand, notes co-founder John Smithson, and that means maintaining ‘our ability to deliver high-end, international coproductions in volume and in quality.’

Employees: 160
Hours this year: 71
Recent titles: Day of the Kamikaze, Falling Man, We Built this City
Current/upcoming titles: Thriller in Manila (Channel 4), Manmade Marvels (Discovery Asia), Ecopolis (Discovery US), Rutka’s Diary (BBC 1)

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 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.