David Glover began his career at Windfall Films, where he produced documentary series such as The Tourist Trap. He then joined the Channel 4 commissioning team. As head of the Specialist Factual department at Channel 4, David commissioned shows such as Live From Space, Gogglebox, Inside Nature’s Giants and The Plane Crash.
David has worked with some of the world’s top scientific minds, commissioned much of Stephen Hawking’s television work, and was executive producer on Hawking, his autobiographical documentary. He produced the Emmy Award-winning series DNA, which told the story of DNA from discovery of the double helix, and included interviews with twelve Nobel Prize winners.
Cate Hall is Head of Specialist Factual. Cate joined 72 Films after 3 years at Wall to Wall where her credits included BBC 4’s The Ruth Ellis Files: A Very British Crime Story, BBC2’s The Victorian Slum, BAFTA nominated Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain and Grierson nominated Victorian Bakers. Prior to that she worked at Boundless where she oversaw a range of programmes including BAFTA nominated series ten of The Apprentice.
Mark Raphael started his career in Television working in Sport. Formula One, Rugby Special and C4’s Italian Football coverage.
He then decided to move into documentaries and factual television, and headed up North One’s Factual Department. Developing and creating shows such as A Very British UFO Hoax, The Dead Body Squad and Guys and Dolls.
In 2008 Channel 4 asked Mark to run their Cutting Edge documentary strand. He commissioned over 20 films including, Katie: My Beautiful Face, We need to talk about Dad, and the BAFTA award winning The Murder Trial. He went onto commission series such as Educating Essex, Educating Yorkshire, and the BAFTA award winning Bedlam.
After 4 years in commissioning, he joined the highly regarded factual company Dragonfly. Mark became MD of Dragonfly continuing to oversee One Born Every Minute, whilst creating the hybrid documentary The Trial for C4, and the long running documentary series Ambulance for BBC1. In 2016, Mark teamed up with his old friend David Glover to form 72 Films. So far it’s been the most rewarding part of his career, despite him having to re write his own biography.
Peter Badcock is Head of Production. Before joining 72 Films Peter spent 10 Years at Wall to Wall where he worked on many successful shows including Who Do You Think You Are? and the Inc. strands for National Geographic. He began his broadcast TV career in BBC Science, working on Horizon and series including the large scale productions; Supervolcano and Walking With Cavemen.
John Douglas is Creative Director of 72 Films. He is a multi-award winning film maker who has made some of Britain’s biggest documentary series, including 24 Hours in Police Custody and 24 Hours in A&E.
John spent 15 years at the BBC where he directed many critically acclaimed films including for the BAFTA winning series Our War and Life and Death Row.
Silke Abele is the Head of Development at 72 Films. She joined from Dragonfly Film & TV where she led a successful development team with commissions across both specialist factual and factual genres, including the returning series Ambulance (BBC1) and Surgeons (BBC2), The Equator from the Air (BBC2), The Great British Benefits Handout (Channel 5) and Girls on the Edge (BBC2). Prior to that, she spent nearly ten years at North One Television developing a number of the company’s key factual programmes, including The Boat That Guy Built (BBC1), The Hospital (Channel 4), Gadget Man (Channel 4), as well as a number of Channel 4 Cutting Edge films.