David Oulton is Quietly Becoming a Major TV Player
The world changed two years ago. I’ve spent more time in front of the TV in the last two years than I have in the last 30 years, and one thing in particular has caught my attention: David Oulton. Whether it be early mornings, daytime, in the evening primetime slot, late at night and everywhere in between, David has quietly become a mainstay on Canadian television.
By the time COVID-19 hit, David had seemingly left behind his on camera career. With a handful of acting roles throughout the previous years, but nothing substantial, the 27 year old was working full time as a real estate entrepreneur. It was April 2020, when the world was just grinding to a halt and phrases like “PCR tests” and “lockdowns” were foreign concepts, that he first floated the idea of a new project. In it’s infancy, it was an overtly simple idea: record some conversations with his famous friends from years past, and post them to his social media. Six weeks later, that uncomplicated idea blossomed into something much bigger, and Face to Face with David premiered on Amazon Prime Video.
Produced by Calgary based production house L&C Style Productions, with Candace Schmidt directing and Luis Gonzalez as cinematographer, the series has quietly become a major player in Canadian television. Having initially struggled to secure a conventional broadcaster, the series is now co-produced by OUTtv and airs daily on their network both domestically and internationally. Weeks after the deal with OUTtv was announced, Corus Entertainment licensed the series, making it part of the regular line up on SLICE, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) and MovieTime. It also sporadically airs on Showcase, Lifetime and DejaVue and is available to stream on Apple TV, OUTtvGo, Showmax (South Africa) and several other services around the globe.
With 38 episodes (across four seasons) now completed, the series has maintained the same, simple yet reliable format, for it’s entirety. Although the series heavily repeats, the ratings remain consistent, and David has become a regular visitor in the living rooms of Canadians — for an average of 18 hours a week. Based on the viewer response, it appears he is also a welcomed guest. The show maintains a 5 star rating on Prime Video, and has a higher rating on IMDb (8.8/10) than not only his Canadian counterparts, but also some serious US heavy hitters such as The View (2.5/10), The Wendy Williams Show (3.3/10), and even The Ellen Degeres Show (6.7/10). The show has even managed to book serious star power with their guests, and in some cases (such as Natasha Henstridge), they’ve even come back more than once.
While most people took the lockdowns and travel restrictions as an invitation to kick back for two years, David has launched a new career for himself. According to his own IMDb, the now 29 year old has a handful of additional series in development. In July 2021, one year after the premiere of Face to Face with David, L&C Style Productions announced their own multi-project deal with Oulton.
With no signs of him leaving Canadian television screens anytime soon, it appears the wine-drinking television host is on the verge of a meteorological launch to success. David is proof that if you have a dream and aren’t deterred by endless rejection, anything is possible.