Dan is currently Head of Production, Development & Inward Investment for the regional screen agency Screen WM, covering Birmingham and the West Midlands region. He heads up the agency’s support for production and development in the film, television and animation sectors, including development funds and talent development schemes. Recent successes for the agency include securing the relocation of major primetime drama series Survivors and Hustle to the region, and investing in innovative filmmaking projects including Faintheart and 1 Day, as well as being one of the first regions to partner with Channel 4 on the groundbreaking 4iP initiative.
Dan’s passion lies in storytelling and working with new talent. In 2006, he was featured in the 4Talent Creative Class for his work developing regional filmmaking talent through schemes like Digital Shorts, and he has executive produced over 30 digital short films for Screen WM including James Lees’ 2007 festival smash The Apology Line, which has screened at festivals around the world including Sundance and which won the Prix UIP for Best European Short at the Cork International Film Festival 2007.
Prior to working for Screen WM Dan studied film at university and worked in various roles on a series of short film and broadcast projects, including shorts for Channel 4 and the UK Film Council.