Oxford Scientific Films (OSF) has hired David Arrowsmith as Executive Director, Development.
Arrowsmith joins from DSP where as Director of Development he was responsible for the Endemol Shine label’s full UK and US slate and development team.
Arrowsmith will focus on returning series and specials in the factual space – as OSF continues to produce broader factual programming beyond its traditional specialist factual base, with series such as A Very British Hotel and A Very British Country House currently in production for Channel 4.
Prior to DSP Arrowsmith was Head of Development at October Films, and before that was Head of Development at 5Production (now Elephant House Studios) – having co-founded Channel 5’s in-house department. In over 15 years in development he has also worked at the likes of ITN, BBC, Granada, Nine Lives Media, Blakeway and Unique Factuals. He has originated, developed and had commissioned programming across multiple genres and for all the major broadcasters, as well as acting as Executive Producer on several of his own shows including Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty; Britain’s Bloody Crown; Cleopatra: Mother, Mistress, Murderer, Queen; Tribal Teens, Cruising with Jane McDonald; Climbing Great Buildings; Mud Men; The Limbless Mountaineer and Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields.
Clare Birks, Chief Executive, OSF, said: “David is a rising star and he joins us at an exciting time with the company firmly on a growth trajectory. He has a passion for factual programming and a great track record in developing exciting ideas across a range of channels.”
Arrowsmith said: “I’m delighted to be joining OSF, a thoroughbred factual production company with a rich history and a brilliant reputation for high quality programming. I’ve long admired their output and am thrilled to come on board and help continue their run of recent successes.”
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