Simon Dickson to depart Dragonfly

Dragonfly managing director Simon Dickson (pictured) is leaving the Shine Group-owned production company, effective next month.
April 14, 2014

Dragonfly managing director Simon Dickson (pictured) is leaving the Shine Group-owned production company after three years.

Creative director Mark Raphael and chief operating officer Lucinda Hicks will jointly assume his responsibilities as co-managing directors following his departure next month.

Dickson joined Dragonfly in April 2011 as creative director from Channel 4 where he served as deputy head of documentaries. He was promoted to managing director in November 2012.

During his tenure, the company continued to produce the popular fixed-rig series The Hotel and One Born Every Minute, as well as related spin-off versions of the latter.

His exec producer credits include The Plane Crash, Bear Grylls’ Wild Weekends, Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia and Hurricane Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm.

“Our returning hit shows are in rude health, our development pipeline is fit to burst, and the up-and-coming young talent we’ve been able to retain and develop are well on their  way to becoming the stars of the future,” Dickson said in a statement. “Time for Mark and Lucinda to get the map out and plan the next phase of the adventure.”

Dickson has not revealed whether he has another position lined up.

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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.