Dan Dark

Dan Dark Picture

Dan’s career is rooted in the film industry where he started in production and then moved into special effects. In 1992 he took over the management of a 30 acre site in Spain which he operated as a creative studio facility.

Two years later he was approached to develop Leavesden Aerodrome into a studio for the production of Goldeneye. Dan continued to run the site as a film studio which became home to all eight Harry Potter films. In 2011 Dan was appointed to his current role as Senior Vice President and Managing Director when Warner Bros. purchased the site and invested over £100m into making it the UK’s newest film studio Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (WBSL).

Since opening in June 2012 WBSL has attracted some of the industry’s most celebrated filmmakers including: Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow; the Wachoski siblings (Jupiter Ascending) Ron Howard (Heart of the Sea); Guy Ritchie (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Matthew Vaughan (Secret Service). 

In addition to running WBSL, Dan oversees Warner Bros. Production Rentals (an on-site lighting and scaffolding division) audio post-production house Warner Bros. De Lane Lea (which was acquired in November 2012) and the award winning visitor attraction Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.

Dan has continued to drive growth of WBSL through the creation of additional facilities including a large external water tank, further sound stages and strategic acquisitions in the local area.

Having been based in Leavesden for some 20 years, Dan has played an active role in the community. In addition to being a Business Representative on the LEP Board, he is also a Trustee of Herts in Trust and works closely with a number of local charities.