September 30 2010, 10:25 BST
BroadcastingDCD Media, the independent production and distribution operator, has launched a new factual production division, with a first major commission from the BBC.
The new unit, called DCD Factual, will bring together DCD's "formidable" factual operation, including Prospect Pictures, Prospect Wales, West Park Pictures and West Park West.
David Green, DCD Media's chief executive, has hired industry veteran Charles Thomson to helm DCD Factual, starting tomorrow.
Thompson has extensive production experience, including work on Channel Four's Cutting Edge series, UK Border Force for Sky and the acclaimed Commando documentary series for ITV.
The centralised DCD Factual unit will bring together the back office and management functions of the factual brands to save on costs and increase profitability.
It will also drive DCD Media's expansion into the US market, which currently accounts for around 30% of the group's revenue. Green wants that to increase to 50% by the end of 2011.
DCD Factual's first major commission will be Prospect Picture's as-yet-untitled six-part health and pregnancy documentary series for BBC Three.
The unit is also currently producing "several" other programmes, including BBC Four's one-hour special Keith Douglas - A Poet at War and the Passion Of Port Talbot for BBC Wales, both produced by Prospect.
West Park Pictures is working on one-hour documentary Duchess Of Malfi for More4, while all the factual divisions are producing a series of short films for BBC One's The One Show.
Thompson also expressed his hope that Steadfast Productions, the independent producer he set up in 2005, could come under the DCD Factual umbrella in the future.
"Steadfast remains open for business with its ongoing productions, Brit Cops, Timothy Spall's Somewhere at Sea and Salvage Code Red, continuing. However, my new role enables us to see how we can bring Steadfast under the roof of DCD Factual and to new ownership," said Thompson.
"The existing companies under DCD Factual are great brands and I look forward to helping them work together to achieve even more programming."
Green added: "As the factual genre increasingly dominates television on both sides of the Atlantic, it is important that we give the international production community clear sight of three distinctive production divisions at DCD: September Films UK & September Films USA who are leading producers in the fields of factual entertainment, reality television and formats; Done and Dusted, one of the world's foremost producers of live music, entertainment and event programming; and thirdly our newly formed DCD Factual division under the aegis of Charles Thompson.
"This is the latest move in our strategy to streamline the group to increase profitability, and position DCD for an even bigger push into the international television markets."
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