Drama distributor High Point Films and Television is to move into original production for the first time with the creation of an in-house division.
Drama distributor High Point Films and Television is to move into original production for the first time with the creation of an in-house division.

Former Mentorn Films head of development Carl Simons has been recruited to oversee the department, which will specialise in drama series and television film co-productions.

Simons, who also previously headed production at NVC Arts and Urban Legends, said that no projects had yet been agreed on, but he would be travelling to the Edinburgh Television Festival and Mipcom in October to sign up potential partners.

High Point managing director Carey Fitzgerald said: 'After 15 years of effectively executive producing the films and series we are selling internationally, it was a natural progression to branch out into co-production.'

Simons, whose producer credits include Afghanistan documentary Breaking the Silence and the Emmy-winning Dancing for Dollars, added: 'High Point has been moving in this direction for a little while. It had begun to realise it needed to get closer to producers in order to develop.'

High Point head of development Piers Nightingale will continue in his role of expanding the company's slate of feature films.

The London-based company has made a name for itself with its distribution of drama titles such as BBC1's The Secret , which it sold to TVNZ in New Zealand and SVT in Sweden, Murder Rooms and The Wyvern Mysteries.