DCD Factual opens up topical and current affairs unit

DCD Factual's creative director Charles Thompson has tasked documentary and current affairs director, Marc Sigsworth, to head up the new Prospect Cymru Topical Unit, formed as a response to C4's call for greater diversity in the broadcaster's supply base.
May 31, 2011

DCD Factual’s creative director Charles Thompson has tasked documentary and current affairs director, Marc Sigsworth, to head up the new Prospect Cymru Topical Unit, formed as a response to C4′s call for greater diversity in the broadcaster’s supply base.

The Wales-based Prospect Cymru is a  factual division of DCD Media, and has a history of producing factual programming, and the new unit will be its first move into topical programming and current affairs.

Sigsworth had previously worked as a series producer for Thompson at Mentorn and Steadfast, and his docs include Stabbed, Road Rage and, most recently, Council Houses Cheats and Victims for BBC1 and The Secret Iraq War Files for C4′s ‘Dispatches.’ He now will serve as an executive producer at Prospect, where he will recruit a team to develop ideas for documentaries and fast turnarounds for Channel 4 and the BBC.

Already on board the Prospect Cymru Topical Unit is an assistant producer to work alongside Sigsworth, Vikki Miller. She brings a background of working on ‘Dispatches,’, with credits including Undercover Hospital, Lords, Billionaires and the Russian Connection, and Rape in the City.

Adding a topical unit to Prospect Cymru is in part a response to Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham’s call for greater diversity in Channel 4′s supply base.

“David, quite rightly wants to see more suppliers from outside the M25,” said Thompson. “Prospect, with its Cardiff base, is well places to become a substantial player in topical programming made outside London.

“Marc is one of our leading documentary and current affairs directors who has made many ‘Panoramas’ and ‘Dispatches,’” Thompson added. “He and I have also made many topical one-hour documentaries for the BBC One 9pm slot, and I am looking forward to him and Prospect becoming a market leader in this interesting and demanding genre.”

Sigsworth said that he’s looking forward to bringing a new generation of filmmakers into these areas.

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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.