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Spring Films names Chris Smith CEO as founder Andre Singer moves to CCO role

Spring Films CEO and founder André Singer is moving into the role of chief creative officer with former Liberty Global executive Chris Smith tapped to take on top post at ...
January 7, 2021

Spring Films CEO and founder André Singer is moving into the role of chief creative officer with former Liberty Global executive Chris Smith tapped to take on top post at the London-headquartered prodco.

Singer will focus more on creative projects, continuing to work closely with creative director Kathy Myers and head of global development Figs Jackman.

Spring recently produced Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer’s Apple TV+ documentary Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds and is coproducing Werner and Rudolph Herzog’s new feature, Last Exit Space, due to start production this year.

Richard Melman is retiring from his role as managing director and will now concentrate on executive producing several on-going projects.

Smith was formerly managing director, investments, at multinational telecom giant Liberty Global and has previously worked with several production companies focusing on strategy and business development.

As CEO of Spring, Smith will focus on securing investment and developing growth opportunities for the company.

The production outfit specializes in blue chip documentary and non-scripted content for clients such as Netflix, A&E, BBC, HBO, Nat Geo, Apple TV+ and others.

Its credits include Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence; Singer’s Emmy-winning Night Will Fall; Herzog’s documentary Into The Inferno (Netflix); City 40 (Netflix); Canvey: The Promised Island (BBC1); Channel 4′s Prison series; and Meeting Gorbachev from Herzog and Singer for A&E.

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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