EXCELMAN Productions :
Douglas E. LYON
When he was a Mercenary
Born in California, Douglas E. Lyon is the general
director and founder of EXCELMAN Productions.
An American, he speaks fluent Japanese, Chinese (mandarin) and French (not to mention English of course... ). He lived two years in Japan,
(Kumamoto), a year in China, (Kunming) and has visited and/or worked in
more than 60 different countries. He has been living in France since 1982.
Doug worked as a journalist / producer for "Fashion
Tsushin" (TV Tokyo) for several seasons and thus began his career in
In order to gain a wider experience of the production
world he became a free-lance producer in 1989 and was offered the opportunity and privilege to be contribute on a regular basis in the production
of some of the most watched programs in the history of Japanese television
: various major variety shows for the network NTV (audiences of up to
30 million ! ) and "NaruHodo the World" (Fuji Television) another major
landmark in the history of Japanese television, this program continued
for 15 years. These projects were often enormous logistical challenges
and added much to our "experience capital" not to mention our address
A two year collaboration with "World Uplink" (Fuji
Television) permitted him to conceive, propose and produce over 200
"shoots" and live broadcasts (including the first ever allowed from
the top of the Arc de Triomphe ).
With the "L'Affaire Van Gogh" (UNESCO Award), an
ambitious documentary co-produced with Transparences Productions for
Fuji Television and France 2 and a commercial for the huge department
store PARCO directed by Helen von Unwerth, Doug rounds out his experience
as executive producer.
In 1994, during the Rwanda refugee crisis Doug assumes
the logistical and practical co-ordination for the press "pool" put
together for all of the Japanese television networks in Goma, Zaire.
This first intervention on the African continent will be the beginning
of a long and fruitful relationship with Africa and will become one
of the major references of EXCELMAN Productions.
Educated in literature, history, psychology and Chinese (classical, and modern) he also has a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido.
A wide range of experience and a dense network of
reliable collaborators : these are the main ingredients in the creation
of EXCELMAN Productions.
Two key players complete the permanent team at EXCELMAN
Productions : Albert LALOY, Benoît CHEDEAU.
With diverse personal and educational backgrounds they add new talents
to the team and round out the "corporate identity".
And in addition to this permanent core, according
to the needs and budget of each particular project, we have an excellent
line-up of competent collaborators (co-ordinators, translators, technicians,
composers, graphic designers, drivers, etc. ). These are regular collaborators
who are efficient, loyal, and thoroughly accustomed to working as a
team an in the spirit of rigour and efficiency of EXCELMAN Productions.
With it's flexible structure and versatility, EXCELMAN
Productions can answer the needs of large productions mobilising hundreds
of people (commercials, films, etc. ) as well as small four to five
EXCELMAN Productions has a well established reputation
for it's competence in the production and co-ordination of documentaries
and news stories. This is our force and our "signature". At EXCELMAN
Productions everything is urgent ! From this our expertise naturally
expands to the organisation and production of live satellite broadcasts
as well as variety shows or films etc.
The extreme mobility of our team all over the world
gives us a very modern and international dimension to our perception
of the world and our profession: a profession we practice with passion
and pride. The very wide variety of situations and places in which we
have intervened permits us to quickly surmise the needs of any project
and to propose a logistic strategy made to order : human, geographical,
budgetary, temporal... in order to bring success to each challenge.
Our complete and weekly press review guarantees an up to date awareness
that permits us to propose stories and projects. Need a story on fashion
? Contact us ! Our desire is to actively participate and contribute
in all projects rather than simply execute.