Derren Lawford is the founder and CEO of DARE Pictures, a transnational content studio dedicated to premium programming with purpose. Prior to this he was Creative Director at Woodcut Media where he was responsible for editorial strategy and securing co-production, distribution and programme finance. Joining a month after it launched in 2014, he played a pivotal role in the creation of over 300 hours of IP with turnover leaping from £750,000 to £5 million in 5 years.
He has also been an Executive Producer for Woodcut’s most high-profile projects, working directly with talents such as Idris Elba (Mandela, My Dad and Me and Cut From A Different Cloth, both of which were acquired by Netflix globally) and Joseph Fiennes and Sir Ranulph Fiennes (Fiennes: Return To The Nile, a global series for National Geographic which has aired in 170 territories). Other key credits include the BFI-supported Generation Revolution which premiered at Sheffield Doc/Fest and had a theatrical release via Picturehouse Cinema.