The Audio Production Awards Press Release


Daniel J. Fox

Daniel J. Fox

On Thursday 23rd November 2017, Neston film-maker Daniel J. Fox will attend a gala awards ceremony at the BFI Southbank, hosted by Radio 2 DJ Trevor Nelson MBE. The Audio Production Awards recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement in audio and radio production, within designated categories, covering both producers and on-mic talent.

Daniel has been nominated as Best Digital Producer, for a series of films he made to publicise the return of the British science fiction hero, Dan Dare.

Released as a series of audio adventures by Andrew Mark Sewell’s B7 Media, the CDs star Ed Stoppard (The Piano), Heida Reed (Poldark) and Geoffrey McGivern (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). The dramas have received rave reviews from Dan Dare fans old and new.

To promote the launch of the audio adventures, Daniel’s company, Chat Noir Productions Ltd, was commissioned to produce a number of web documentaries. With cast and crew interviews, animation and access to the original Dan Dare artwork library, the films not only capture the making of the new audio dramas, but also provide a history of Dan Dare from the 1950s to the present day.

Chat Noir Productions Ltd faces stiff competition from radio industry stalwarts like the BBC. However, Daniel J. Fox said, “It would be fantastic recognition and a great boost for all the team - both at B7 Media and Chat Noir Productions - if we come away with the award for Best Digital Producer on Thursday night.”

Chat Noir Productions Ltd was established in 2003 by Daniel J. Fox and Mark Ellingham. Specialising in corporate films, animations and documentaries, the company has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, now with a client base across the globe.

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Award Nomination for Best Digital Producer

Dan Fox, Creative Director of Chat Noir Productions Ltd., has been shortlisted by Audio Production Awards 2017 for ....

Best Digital Producer

This award recognises an individual who understands the social media environment, and is able to deliver smart, creative content that makes full use of the platform it’s on.

The nomination is for Dan's work to promote the B7 Media's Dan Dare Audio Adventures, through more than 4 uniquely crafted films. Here is one of the films: Dan Dare - A Brief History.

Chat Noir Productions documentary on BBC Inside Out

A DAN DARE mini-documentary will screen as part of an upcoming edition of "Inside Out" BBC North West on Monday 2nd October at 7.30pm.


The mini-documentary will tell the Frank Hampson’s story, celebrating Dan Dare and The Eagle, and bringing the story up-to-date showcasing our all-new audio adventures.

The film is still scheduled to be shown on Monday October 2nd at 7.30pm on BBC One North West. If you have a Sky Box you can watch the regional opt for the NW on channel 958. 

It will of course be on BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards for 30 days.

The mini-documentary was produced by Chat Noir.

Renders of Rhuddlan Castle for our co-production documentary

Lost in Castles and Chat Noir Productions Ltd. are pleased to give this first view of the Rhuddlan Castle model.

First look at the Chester reconstruction

First look at the renders of St John the Baptists and the city of Chester for the new DVD from Chat Noir Productions LtdLost in Castles and Film Chester.

"Is the Mekon Misunderstood?"

Produced to celebrate the launch of the new audio adventures from B7 Media and Big Finish Productions, "Is the Mekon Misunderstood?" takes a fun look at Dan Dare's arch nemesis, The Mekon.

Produced by Andrew Mark Sewell and directed by Daniel Fox for B7 Media & Chat Noir Productions Ltd

For more information on the audio adventures visit

St. John's Chester - morning shoot 2

Another collaborative shoot with Chat Noir Productions Ltd and Lost in Castles.

St. John's, Chester - morning shoot 1

Early shoot at St. John's, completed before the tourists arrived.

Location scouting for new film

Location scouting at St. John's Church in Chester. Photos by Joseph A. Fox.

At The Soundhouse Ltd, London

Last week Chat Noir spent the day at The Soundhouse Ltd filming some promotional material for B7 Media. Here's a sneak peak of the day ...

Langford Estate Filming

Today Chat Noir Productions were back at Rhuddlan Castle, this time filming shots on land belonging to Lord Langford of Bodrhyddan Hall. These shots give a unique view of the castle, especially shrouded in the beautiful morning mist.