Dan Lawson

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As Head of LFS OPEN, I oversee the London Film School's successful workshops and short courses programme, ensuring they continue to offer high quality, industry-relevant professional training, as well as overseeing new schools and community outreach programmes and looking after the School's wide range of international projects.

Previously I have run multimillion-pound film and TV investment funds supporting both production and development, garnering BAFTAs, Golden Globes and many more awards. I helped to develop a raft of new British filmmaking talent including commissioning more than 50 short films with the UK Film Council/BFI and working with the best up and coming writing, directing and producing stars.

I have also delivered major creative industries projects including Film Nation: Shorts, the official, UK-wide young people’s filmmaking competition of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. During nearly three years at Creative Skillset, I ensured professionals and businesses in film, television, animation, VFX and games had access to the best training in the UK. I still advise creative content funds on prospective investments, and am a trustee of Flatpack Film Festival.

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As Head of LFS OPEN, I oversee the London Film School's successful workshops and short courses programme, ensuring they continue to offer high quality, industry-relevant professional training, as well as overseeing new schools and community outreach programmes and looking after the School's wide range of international projects.

Previously I have run multimillion-pound film and TV investment funds supporting both production and development, garnering BAFTAs, Golden Globes and many more awards. I helped to develop a raft of new British filmmaking talent including commissioning more than 50 short films with the UK Film Council/BFI and working with the best up and coming writing, directing and producing stars.

I have also delivered major creative industries projects including Film Nation: Shorts, the official, UK-wide young people’s filmmaking competition of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. During nearly three years at Creative Skillset, I ensured professionals and businesses in film, television, animation, VFX and games had access to the best training in the UK. I still advise creative content funds on prospective investments, and am a trustee of Flatpack Film Festival.

Career stage
Senior
Industries
Animation, Film, Games, TV, VFX
My skills
creative and media environments, development, production & distribution Corporate strategy within digital, Business development, Business planning/strategy, Business skills/running a business, Commercial awareness, Compliance and legal, Development - film & television Finance - film & television Project Management Creative content investment, Digital content skills, Editing, Entrepreneurial skills, Finance and budgeting, Management and leadership, Negotiation skills, Networking, Organisational skills, Pitching/presenting and proposal writing, Programming, Project management, Sales and marketing
Job Roles
Content Strategist, Co-Producer, Creative Director, Development Executive, Executive Producer, Producer, Project Manager, Script Editor

Work history

Feb 2016 - Present

Head of LFS OPEN
London Film School

Sep 2011 - Present

Independent Digital Media Professional
Self-employed

Jul 2013 - Feb 2016

Partnership Manager
Creative Skillset

Oct 2011 - Jul 2012

Executive Producer and Fund Manager (Consultant)
Creative England

Sep 2008 - Sep 2011

Head of Production, Development & Inward Investment
Screen WM

Jan 2006 - Sep 2008

Production & Development Executive
Screen WM

2005 - 2006

New Talent Manager
Screen WM

Mar 2004 - Jan 2005

Production Assistant
Screen WM

Jan 2003 - Apr 2003

Production Assistant
Maverick Television


Education

2002 - 2004

History, Film & Television - M.Phil(B)
The University of Birmingham

1999 - 2002

American Studies & Media Studies - BA Hons
De Montfort University

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