one of the UK’s most respected drama producers responsible for some of the UK’s biggest films and critically acclaimed television dramas.
For Film, when Head of Film at Channel 4/Film 4 from 1990-98, he commissioned more than 100 films including The Madness of King George, three films by Mike Leigh Secrets and Lies, Naked and Abigail’s Party, The Red Violin, two films by Danny Boyle, Trainspotting and Shallow Grave, Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, Welcome to Sarajevo, Brassed Off, Richard Curtis’ Four Weddings and a Funeral and 3 films by Ken Loach, Ladybird, Ladybird, Riff-Raff and Raining Stones. 2013 saw the worldwide theatrical release of David’s latest feature film, Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray and directed by Roger Michel.
For Television David has executive produced the multi-BAFTA winning The Government Inspector, about the death of Dr David Kelly; the first major drama on 9/11 – The Hamburg Cell – which has been shown around the world; and the award-winning A Very Social Secretary about the David Blunkett/Spectator affair . Since setting up Daybreak Pictures with Hal Vogel he has executive produced the Peter Kosminsky and RTS and BAFTA-award winning Britz; Alistair Beaton’s The Trial of Tony Blair; the award-winning and critically acclaimed Endgame, the highly praised and BAFTA nominated series by Peter Kosminsky, The Promise and Paula Milne’s The Politician’s Husband.
For Theatre David ran Hampstead Theatre for 8 years. During that time he produced many new plays including the premieres of Brien Friel’s Translations, Bernatd Pomerance’s The Elephant Man and Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy and Goosepimples. He went on to be the Director of the Haymarket Theatre Leicester where he opened the worldwide hit Me and My Girl with Robert Lindsay and Emma Thompson. He was then appointed the Executive Director of the National Theatre alongside first Peter Hall and the Richard Eyre.