EXCLUSIVE: Banijay has made another leap into the premium document space with the launch of DSP Films, an offshoot of the long-running British indie classic DSP. The super indie poached Netflix Missing: Dead or Alive EP Graeme McAulay will take charge of DSP Films and step down from his current position at UK Doc Indie explosion movies next month.
DSP Films will be developing premium documentaries for both streamers and UK broadcasters at a time when major production houses are keen to break into this space. The launch comes just two months after Fremantle opened Undeniable similar label led by Mandy Chang, Global Head of Documentaries.
During his time as Blast’s creative director, McAulay was behind Netflix Missing: Dead or Alive True crime documentaries ranked alongside Channel 4’s BAFTA-nominated series in the US Top 10 last week Jeremy Kyle Show: death in the day. Before joining Blast, his work included: 24 hours in police custody And life and death row.
When he joins next month, the London-based McAulay will report to DSP Managing Director Donna Clark, who will continue to focus on popular fact and special fact programs including Interior Design Master And The great Steam adventure.
“DSP has long been synonymous with quality documentaries, so it makes perfect sense to reinvigorate that focus with Graeme at the helm as we continue to grow,” said Clark.
McAulay said the “opportunity to lead a new creative label that builds on DSP’s premier film heritage is just too good to pass up.”
The move was funded through Banijay’s £50m ($62m) UK Growth Fund, which has so far been used by Banijay to acquire stakes in new indie dramas Conker Pictures And chloe Manufacturer Mom Toralong with flashy talent deals with the likes Whitney Director Kevin Macdonald and former Netflix commissioner Chris Sussman.