Darlow Smithson sets up shop in Belfast
By Jessica Goodfellow
26 April 2018
Endemol Shine UK-owned indie set to hire team to work with NI head Anne Stirling
Darlow Smithson Productions has hired Belfast producer Anne Stirling to run a Northern Ireland office that will house its growing factual slate.
DSP’s Belfast office, which will open in the coming weeks, will be run by Anne Stirling, who joins the indie as head of DSP Northern Ireland.
Last year, Stirling closed down her Belfast-based production company, Stirling Film and Television Production, after 20 years. Its productions included Cracking Crime and How Low Can You Go for RTE and 6 Degrees for the BBC.
Endemol Shine UK-owned DSP is currently recruiting for several development roles to work alongside Stirling to develop and produce a broad range of factual output including factual dramas, documentaries, and factual entertainment series.
The first production to be made from the new regional office will be the third and fourth series of Ill Gotten Gains for BBC Daytime, amounting to a total of 30×45’ and 10×30’ reversions.
The series, commissioned by BBC controller of programming and daytime Dan McGolpin and commissioning editor Lindsay Bradbury, follows organised crime units and police forces as they close down British criminals by seizing their assets and selling them at auction.
DSP joint managing director Emily Dalton said the indie has a long-established relationship with Northern Ireland, having previously produced two BBC2 dramas in Belfast: We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story and the recent biopic Dave Allen at Peace.
“We have established great relationships with local talent, as well as Northern Ireland Screen, so the logical next step was to invest regionally with the view to making more of our content outside of London,” Dalton said.
Stirling added: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to put together and grow an ambitious and talented team in Belfast to meet the high standards set by DSP and their established and expanding client base.”
Her appointment comes just weeks after Endemol Shine rolled factual label Tigress Productions into DSP as part of an efficiency drive at the production group.