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Feature Films

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  • Executive produced two American independent feature films – with responsibility for creative development and for securing finance, US theatrical and international distribution on each:
    • Alligator Eyes (1990) “a truly funny and entertaining film… a nearly faultless piece of work” – Screen International
    • Dead Funny (1994) “stunning performance…fine cast…delightfully stylish, wickedly funny and deeply shocking” – London Film Festival review.
  • Co-devised the story for a family feature film called Selkie (2000)which was produced in Australia and released by UIP.
  • Executive producer on an independent digitally produced US feature film: Who the Hell is Bobby Roos? (2002) Winner of the “New American Cinema Award” – Seattle International Film Festival.
  • UK co-producer on Chromium.com (2003) a German/UK/Luxembourg/US co-production feature film made under the European Co-production Convention.
  • UK co-producer on Baltic Storm (2003), a German/UK co-production feature film budgeted at $9 million starring Greta Scacchi and Jurgen Prochnow.

Television

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  • As associate producer secured finance for a feature length documentary: Mob Law, a profile of a Las Vegas based lawyer, broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and distributed internationally; “Brilliantly made” Daily Mail, “Nothing better on TV this week” The Guardian.
  • Developed and packaged Rock Family Trees, a unique music documentary series for production and broadcast by the BBC
  • As originating series producer, developed and secured a commission on the ITV Network for Wizadora, a UK children’s TV series and managed the co-producing production company throughout seven seasons of the series (over 200 episodes)
  • Co-produced Bob & Margaret a 13 part comedy animation series with Nelvana, one of Canada’s foremost animation studios for broadcast on Comedy Central in the US, Global in Canada and Paramount Channel in the UK
  • UK co-producer with Salter Street Films/Alliance Atlantic of Canada of 24 one hour episodes of Lexx a sci-fi series, broadcast by Sci-Fi Channel in US and Europe and Channel 5 in the UK

Current Activities

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The recent focus has been to devise an innovative film finance proposal to provide a viable model for funding mid-budget UK qualifying feature films under current market conditions.

This proposal has been organised to take advantage of the UK’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), a tax incentive to encourage investment in high risk ventures.  The proposals also utilise the UK film tax credit. The combination of these incentives and a particular commercial model has been refined to deliver an attractive proposition for investors and a functional funding mechanism for producers.

In conjunction with Orangetop, an eclectic slate of film projects has been developed or identified for funding in this way working in collaboration with other established producers and film makers.

Consultancy & Training

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  • Provided acquisition and co-production consultancy for a well established international distributor; a US domestic distributor and an Australian film and television company;
  • Provided business development consultancy to a UK finance, distribution and facilities company active in funding and servicing “British” qualifying film projects;
  • Advising a UK computer animation company on a TV co-production with Canada and the development of an animation feature film strategy;
  • Advising and assisting an Indian finance and production company with the management of two UK based feature films;
  • Advice on structuring project finance and strategy to a range of producers in Wales on behalf of Creative Business Wales, a division of the Welsh Assembly Government;
  • As an industry panel member for the Skillset Screen Academy Wales, provided lectures to students and through Training Agency Cyfle to new entrants to the industry with an introductory overview of the film and TV business; also career mentoring to freelance film makers through Skillset Wales.

About

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10644956_760782467321742_8529712186870045786_nSilverLight was established in 1984 by David Marlow, to develop, manage and produce feature film and television projects, and to provide consultancy to producers and distributors.

 

David has over thirty years experience in media: film, television, music, theatre, publishing and interactive entertainment and has developed, produced and secured finance for a wide range of film and television projects. The focus has previously been on international co-productions that benefit from UK tax incentives, in which the company has recognised expertise.

In the early 80’s he began working within the Virgin Group of companies, first as a publicist marketing major international acts at Virgin Records then on chairman Richard Branson’s personal staff as executive assistant. He recommended and pursued the launch of Virgin Films and Video as a distribution company. As founding managing director he went on to acquire and distribute a range of edgy and innovative films.

In 1984 David established his own production company, originally with funding from Virgin. That company, now called Silver Light Productions Ltd, is still active developing and producing feature film and television projects and providing consultancy to other producers and distributors.