David Upshal

Executive Producer

Before joining Lion, David was best known for shows such as the BAFTA and Emmy-nominated series The Hip Hop Years – which he produced, directed and narrated – and the landmark BBC series Windrush, winner of a Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary Series.

At Lion he devised and produced the hit BBC2 series Victorian Farm, having also produced its predecessor Tales From The Green Valley.

David joined Lion in 2002, directing documentaries such as The True Face Of War (winner of a CINE Special Jury Award, a BANFF World Television Award and a World Medal at the New York Film Festival), Natural Born Americans and The Gospel of Gospel (featuring Ray Charles, BB King and Chaka Khan).

As an Executive Producer he has been responsible for a wide variety of Lion productions ranging from reality shows (Summer of Noise for ITV and Career Boot Camp for BBC2) current affairs (Gordon Brown’s Missing Billions and The NHS: Your Money Or Your Life for Channel 4’s Dispatches and Tony Benn: Free At Last for BBC4) music (the Hip Hop Nights season on Channel 4) and travel (Rough Guide for Five).

He has also overseen two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning drama-documentary series Days That Shook The World for the BBC and the History Channel in the USA, and he produced Outbreak Investigation – a major series of six drama-docs on disease epidemics for National Geographic.

David has also spent time based in Lion’s New York office where his work includes the prime-time reality show Family Trip for TLC.

Originally a print journalist, he began his career at the BBC in 1989 as a Production Trainee, gaining experience on shows such as Newsnight, and Taking Liberties before going on to direct a range of top quality documentaries including the highly-acclaimed Vietnam: The Camera At War. His time at the BBC included four years on the nightly music & arts strand The Late Show, before moving to the History Unit to work on series such as Decisive Weapons and Reputations.

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