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DSP (Darlow Smithson Productions)

DSP To Open In Northern Ireland


Headed by Northern Irish TV Exec Anne Stirling
First commission will be Ill Gotten Gains x 40 for BBC Daytime

DSP, part of Endemol Shine UK, is to open an office in Belfast with the ambition of growing a regional production base for its expanding factual output commissions.

Emily Dalton, Joint Managing Director, DSP; “We have a long established relationship with Northern Ireland having made We’re Doomed! The Dad’s Army Story and more recently Dave Allen at Peace from Belfast. 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.”

The office will be run by Anne Stirling, a highly respected producer who has produced long running factual series in crime, history, arts and travel genres for Irish and UK broadcasters via her production company Stirling Film and Television Production which she ran for 20 years. These included Cracking Crime (15 series) and How Low Can You Go (6 series) for RTE and 6 Degrees, the first indigenous returnable drama for BBC.

DSP Northern Ireland is currently recruiting for several development roles to work alongside Anne and 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 (a total of 30 x 45 and 10 x 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.

Donna Clark, Joint Managing Director, DSP; “Our ambition for DSP Northern Ireland is to build a talented local team on the ground who can develop and produce a broad range of factual output including factual dramas, documentaries, fact ent series and more. We know several incredibly talented local producers who are busting with great ideas so we’re hugely excited about the creative potential of this move.”

Anne Stirling said; “”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.”

DSP are currently in production with a range of first run and returning series for projects for BBC ONE, BBC TWO, ITV, C5 and Netflix.

DSP Northern Ireland will open later this month.



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