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Icon Films taps Luke Davis as head of development

Bristol-headquartered factual specialist Icon Films has tapped veteran development exec Luke Davis as its new head of development. The London-based Davis arrives at Icon having held the same position at Blink Films, ...
April 26, 2022

Bristol-headquartered factual specialist Icon Films has tapped veteran development exec Luke Davis as its new head of development.

The London-based Davis arrives at Icon having held the same position at Blink Films, Lightbox and most recently Atlantic Productions. He has developed factual series and feature docs for a range of major broadcasters and streamers, working on such titles as Valley of the Kings and Meet the Chimps for Nat Geo, Curse of the Chippendales for Discovery+, and Sophie: A Murder in West Cork and Blood Brothers for Netflix.

In his new role at Icon, Davis will be charged with developing returning series and premium limited series, as well as expanding the company’s remit in the feature documentary space.

“I love Icon’s ability to create and deliver bold returning brands. Joining Belinda [Cherrington, Icon creative director] and the team to build a new slate of global IP is a brilliant opportunity,” said Davis in a news release.

Davis’ appointment comes as Icon unveils a new edition of its long-running adventure series Primal Survivor to the U.S. market via Nat Geo, Primal Survivor: Escape the Amazon (5 x 60 min.), while Blue Ant Media-owned Love Nature will soon premiere the prodco’s upcoming nature series Wild Dogs: Running with the Pack (6 x 30 min.) and a second series of Malawi Wildlife Rescue (6 x 60 min.).

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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