Dare Pictures And Tondowski Films to produce premium docs for the global market

Fatima Shafiq was hired as Head of Development to focus on new international doc projects.

20 JAN 2023

Derren Lawford and Alex Tondowski

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Derren Lawford's DARE Pictures and Alex Tondowski's Tondowski Films announce a new strategic partnership focusing exclusively on a selection of bold premium documentary productions for the international market. The companies initially joined forces last year to co-produce the definitive 3-part doc series "Crypto Queen" (with Channel 4, Sky Germany, and Fremantle), and are now consolidating this partnership to co-develop and co-produce a carefully curated original slate of impactful and international limited documentary series characterised by exclusive access, unique IP and top tier talent. They are already in discussions with broadcasters, film funds and private equity about several projects.

Effective immediately and reporting to Derren and Alex, Fatima Shafiq has been hired as Head of Development (International) to work across and build on the new slate of projects. Derren Lawford, Founder & CEO, DARE Pictures said: “DARE Pictures and Tondowski Films share a passion for cinematic production values and compelling multi-layered stories that provoke and delight international audiences in equal measure. By joining forces and harnessing our collective global network of top tier directors, producers, and editors, we’re looking to make the most of the exciting and exclusive IP at our disposal. We’re delighted and excited to have secured the services of such a prolific documentary development exec such as Fatima.”

Alex Tondowski, CEO, Tondowski Films said: “Tondowski Films cannot imagine a better partner than Derren and his company DARE Pictures. Both companies are well respected in their territories and have a very strong track record with broadcaster, film funds and distributors. Combining this and our similar editorial line is an obvious next step for us.”

Fatima Shafiq added: “I'm thrilled to join DARE Pictures and Tondowski Films as their first Head of Development (International). We already have a flourishing premium documentary slate, and I'm excited to build upon this.”