Dan Shipton

Dan Shipton is a world-class creative director and show designer at Black Skull Creative.

Dan has developed his craft through a diverse experience of large-scale stadium shows, high profile live television productions and a variety of brand experiences.

After graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Dan went on to have a prolific career as a TV Stage Manager. Heading up the team for numerous primetime TV shows, Dan gained invaluable first hand experience of practical show delivery on all levels.

Dan was able to confidently make the transition from technical to creative by employing his innovative imagination and eye for detail within a solid understanding of practical show making. Dan’s unique hybrid of technical and creative understanding alongside his insurmountable ambition allowed him to move on to stadium shows, touring with bands such as Take That, before embarking on the globally renowned ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Sochi 2014 games.

Dan’s unique brand of creative direction uses his in depth knowledge of technical delivery to feeds his imagination creatively. A pioneer of technical innovation, Dan brings together breathtaking visuals with diverse music collaborations to constantly challenge and inspire audiences worldwide.

Since co-founding Black Skull Creative Dan has designed and directed a huge range of shows for a stellar list of clients. His recent critically acclaimed Delirium World Tour for Ellie Goulding marked him as a stand out talent on the world music scene. As both creative director and designer for the tour, Dan proved that his creative vision knows no bounds as he captivated and delighted audiences across the globe.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

VARIOUS:

Hailee Steinfeld Ft. DNCE – Good Morning America
The ChainSmokers Ft. Rozes – The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
Carrie Underwood – Heartbeat – The X Factor UK
Nathan Sykes – Over and Over Again – The X Factor UK
will.i.am & Cody Wise – Birthday – The BBC Music Awards
Robbie William’s Flash Mob – Michael McIntyre’s Christmassy Christmas
Jack Pack – Light my Fire – Britains Got Talent
Union J – You’ve Got It All – The X Factor UK
Krept and Konan – Don’t Waste My Time – MOBO Awards 2014
Taylor Swift Ft. Gary Lightbody – The Last Time – The X Factor UK

ELLIE GOULDING:
Army – Children in Need, Michael Mcintyre
On my Mind – The X Factor UK
Love Me Like You Do – MTV EMA’s, The BBC Music Awards, Strictly Come Dancing Final
How Long Will I Love You/Explosions – The Royal Variety Performance

JESS GLYNNE:
Take Me Home – Children in Need, The X Factor UK
Hold My Hand – The BBC Music Awards

OLLY MURS:
Seasons – The Voice UK & Sunday Night At The Palladium
Up Ft. Demi Lovato – The X Factor UK Final
Dear Darlin’ / I Wanna Be Like You featuring Robbie Williams – The Royal Variety Performance 2013
Hand on Heart – The X Factor UK, Australia’s Dancing with The Stars

ELLA HENDERSON:
Mirror Man TV Campaign – Various TV Performances
Ghost – The Voice USA
Glow – Sunday Night At The Palladium

LABRINTH:
Labrinth & Ella Henderson duet – Jealous / Ghost – The BBC Music Awards
Let It Be – Stables Market Flashmob Single Launch

THE VAMPS:
Can We Dance & Oh Cecilia – Got To Dance Final
Last Night – Britain’s Got Talent

EUROVISION:
Joe & Jake – UK Entry 2016 Music Video
Electro Velvet live performance – The Eurovision Song Contest Final 2015
Electro Velvet – UK Entry 2015 Music Video
Eurovision’s Greatest Hits – The 60th Birthday Concert – Live at the Eventim Apollo

EVENTS:
Tie Break Tennis – The Royal Albert Hall
Hero Indian Super League – 2015 Opening Ceremnony
New Look Fashion Show 2015
The Heineken City of Power – UEFA Champions League Final 2015 Event

STAGE DESIGNER

Ellie Goulding – Delirium World Tour
Jason Donovan – Ten Good Reasons & Greatest Hits Tour
Ella Henderson – Chapter One Tour
Katy B – Wireless

STAGE DIRECTOR

The Royal Variety Performance 2015
Kanye West – All Day – The Brit Awards 2015
Olly Murs ITV Music Special
Sunday Night At The Palladium Series One
Dancing on Ice Series Eight

ART DIRECTOR

The Sessions Live Arena Tour
Believe – The Ice Show (Holiday On Ice)
Take That’s III European Tour
Meghan Trainor – Dear Future Husband – Sunday Night At The Palladium
Take That – Let In The Sun – The Brit Awards 2015

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies