David G.Croft is an award winning television director who has directed some of the best-known entertainment and music programmes of the last 25 years including Live Aid, Top of the Pops, Crystal Maze & Shooting Stars.
He joined the BBC as a Trainee Assistant Producer in 1982 after two years working as an assistant film editor. Prior to this, he gained an MA in Film & TV Studies from the Royal College of Art, following a BA Honours degree in Sociology from Liverpool University.
At the BBC he directed single-camera, multi-camera studio and outside broadcasts including a wide range of Arts & Entertainment programmes. These included Riverside, Whistle Test, Wogan and Acting, which he co-produced with actor and writer Maria Aitken. The first series included the highly regarded Acting in Film with Michael Caine.
David also specialised in directing rock music including series like Pop Carnival and Sight and Sound in Concert and major rock events including Live Aid, which won a BAFTA, The Prince's Trust and the Free Nelson Mandela Concert all from Wembley Stadium. David also directed a trilogy of one-hour documentary specials for BBC2 on Bryan Ferry, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney. His final project for the BBC was to produce and direct the acclaimed music documentary series That Was Then This Is Now.
David went freelance in 1988 and continued to direct and produce a huge range of entertainment programmes. In comedy Jo Brand's Hot Potatoes, Bremner Bird & Fortune (BAFTA Nomination), It's Only TV But I Like It, Shooting Stars and Reeves & Mortimer's Christmas Special (Silver Rose of Montreaux Award) In situation comedy, he directed the cult-hit series Give My Head Peace (2000) for BBC Northern Ireland and The Baddiel Syndrome (2002) sit-com for Sky.
He also produced and directed all six series of the highly acclaimed Channel 4 action adventure game show Crystal Maze (Two BAFTA Nominations). He was closely involved in developing the format. Other action adventure credits include Shock Treatment for Sky, StarFinder for ITV, Crossfire for C4 and Inside Clyde for Disney, which was nominated for a Broadcast Award.
In the late 90's he regularly directed Top of the Pops and in July 2000 Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames in the Olympic Stadium in Hungary before a crowd of 80,000 people. He has directed magic series with Paul Zennon, the series Stuff the White Rabbit with John Lenehan and the acclaimed hour-long documentary Extreme Magic Extreme Danger for ITV.
David has also directed documentary drama like The Situation Room shot in Washington and two full-length dramas The House with the Green Shutters and Variety. In 2005, it was Live Aid revisited. David was the Supervising Director of Edinburgh Live8 broadcast from Murrayfield.
In October 2006, David became the new Head of Television at the National Film & Television School.
Since joining the NFTS full time he has also directed several Children In Need concerts for BBC Northern Ireland and the annual World Cinema Awards with Jonathan Ross.
David is a regular RTS judge, a lecturer at the Rose d'Or Academy and the Hungarian Film & Drama University in Budapest and he was recently committee chairman for the Guild of Television Cameramen.
David has received 1 BAFTA AWARD, 3 BAFTA NOMINATIONS, SILVER ROSE OF MONTREAUX AWARD, 1 RTS NOMINATION, AND 1 BROADCAST NOMINATION.