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David Green (director)

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David Green
Born (1948-11-12) November 12, 1948 (age 71)
London, England
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford
OccupationFilm director, TV producer
Known forFounder of September Films

David Green (born 12 November 1948) is a British film director, television producer and media executive.


Green, born in London, England, to Evelyn Morris and Louis Green, was educated at Bury Grammar School and at Trinity College, Oxford, from where he graduated as a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature. He joined Yorkshire Television where, within a year, he became the youngest YTV programme director,[1] cutting his directorial teeth on the launch of Emmerdale (60 episodes) [2] before going on to direct 29 one-hour episodes of Whicker's World,[2] a three-part American medical series with Austin Mitchell, two European political documentaries narrated by Robert Kee and a film about Elvis fronted by David Frost.

Green is now a major figure in the British and American film and television industries, having worked on motion pictures and TV projects in virtually every genre. His movie‑directing credits include the award-winning romantic comedy and crime-drama Buster (4 awards) featuring Phil Collins and Julie Walters,[3] and the $22m action adventure Wings of the Apache[4] starring Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones and Sean Young (released in the USA as Fire Birds by Touchstone). Other feature film directing credits include the psychological thriller Breathtaking with Joanne Whalley and Jamie Foreman, and the comedy Car Trouble featuring Julie Walters and Ian Charleson.

For television, Green has directed over 100 dramas and documentaries, including The Golden Land for BBC1, The Boy in the Bubble for ITV,[5] Wilfred and Eileen and East Lynne for BBC Drama, and the ITV movie 1914 All Out, which was awarded the Public Prize at the Reims Festival of Television.[2] Other TV drama credits include Nobody's House for ITV, and The Chinese Detective for BBC1. Green was also a leading commercials director with James Garrett & Partners for whom he filmed over 50 campaigns, including Peter Ustinov presenting Masterpiece Theatre for Mobil and the award-winning Red Mountain coffee campaign.

From 1992 Green was founder (and until 2007, chairman) of September Films,[6] an independent film and television production company with offices in London and Los Angeles. The company made over two thousand hours of prime time television, including the landmark Hollywood Women series, which was the first part of a ten-season Hollywood franchise for ITV, and ten seasons of the American flagship show Bridezillas - both of which he created; also, the groundbreaking drama The Investigator for Channel 4. The company's feature films include the Oscar-nominated Solomon & Gaenor (7 awards) and House of America (6 awards). September Films was also awarded the Montreux Rose d'Or for Ozzy Osbourne Uncut. Green was executive producer of all three award-winning productions.

He joined production and distribution Group DCD Media plc in 2007, when September Films was acquired by the multi-company media conglomerate. He took on the role of DCD group Chief Creative Officer before becoming CEO in 2009 and Executive Chairman in 2012. He stepped down in 2013, and is now living in LA directing feature films again. In 2018, he also became Chairman of UK scripted drama company Three Tables Productions.

Green has three children: Jessica, Samuel and Jacob, and is a lifelong, passionate supporter of Manchester City F.C.


  1. ^ "DCD Media | Home". Septemberfilms.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  2. ^ a b c "BFI". Bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  3. ^ Phil Collins (2016). Not Dead Yet. London, England: Century Books. p. 255/6. ISBN 978-1-780-89513-0.
  4. ^ David Green on IMDb
  5. ^ "The Boy in the Bubble". BFI. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2007-07-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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