Director of Sky Production Services, Sky
After graduating from Brunel University, Darren spent seven years working at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) teaching students in television production and helping to run the NFTS TV department. After leaving NFTS, Darren spent a year working in the TV industry as a vision engineer before joining Sky Plc at the birth of the company in 1989.
Darren was one of the pioneers of changing the way the world watches sport, overseeing the technical operational developments and innovations across Sky Sports – from simple ultra-motion replay, HD and 3D, through to today’s interactive and digital developments that now appear in most sports broadcasts. Darren was a key player in the conception and development of the UK’s first sustainable broadcast facility, Sky Studios, that has 10 production studios, over 77 post production suites and one of the biggest integrated tapeless systems in the world which runs all of Sky’s linear, online and OTT playout.
In November 2012, Darren took over the leadership role for Sky ProductionServices (SPS). SPS is a team of over 760 full-time employees and a further 200-300 non-permanent colleagues split across four groups that deliver key production services to all of Sky’s content creation teams. The department encompasses a vast range of skills including cameras, sound, lighting, media management, graphics, and video and audio post production, who work alongside each other aiming to make SPS the best place in the industry to create and deliver content that people love.