Dimitri started his career working in 24-hour television news, as a producer and cameraman, going on to make long-form current affairs programmes and documentaries as a freelance producer and director for the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
He set up Raw in 2001 with a small development deal from Channel 4 in the UK, with the ethos to produce the best stories in the most visually striking and innovative way. Initially Dimitri continued to direct documentaries alongside running the company, shooting ‘Life and Death in the Combat Zone’ for PBS NOVA during the Iraq war, and ‘The Siege of Bethlehem’ for BBC2 in the West Bank. But since 2004 he has concentrated on his role as company principal, and as Executive Producer of much of Raw’s output. As such, he has been responsible for many of the company’s award-winning films and series. In 2012 he was the Producer of The Imposter, Raw’s first theatrical-release documentary feature film.
He continues to be closely involved in development of new ideas and projects, alongside Creative Director Bart Layton, pitching and overseeing new production across different genres in the UK, US and internationally.
Bart joined Raw TV as Creative Director in 2005. Previously he worked as a producer, director, and writer for a number of leading production companies including RDF and Diverse.
Bart is a multi-award winning producer and director, renowned for tackling controversial and challenging subject matter with tremendous visual style and journalistic rigour. He thrives on creating work with distinctive visual flair, and pushing the boundaries of conventional story-telling techniques.
Bart is the creative force behind many of RAW’s best known programmes. He originated and directed Banged/Locked Up Abroad, Raw’s first breakout hit, that has played a major part in laying the foundations for Raw’s success in the US and international market, where the series still runs as Locked Up Abroad, now in its 9th series and National Geographic Channel’s longest ever running series.
Most recently Bart directed Raw’s first feature film, The Imposter, which received widespread critical acclaim for its originality and storytelling since its debut at Sundance in 2012. The film has picked up a number of prestigious awards in the process, including the Grand Jury Prize at Miami, the Golden Eye in Zurich and the Filmmakers’ award at Hotdocs, before winning a BAFTA for best debut and being shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. The Imposter has since become one of the highest grossing British Documentaries of all time.
Bart continues to Executive Produce across the Raw portfolio of content, as well as developing new projects in a variety of genres.
Joely has had extensive experience in the independent television sector, most recently as CEO of Zodiak UK, Belgium and Netherlands which comprised of 16 production companies including RDF Television, IWC and Touchpaper producing over 700 hours of content in 2012. Joely was also responsible in 2011 for the acquisition of Bwark the comedy producers behind hit movie ‘The Inbetweeners’.
Previously she spent 7 years as COO and Holding Board director of RDF Media Group, with responsibility across the Legal, Commercial, Finance, Production management, IT, HR, Music, Digital, Distribution, Sales, Press, Production and Talent departments of the group in the US and UK. Across this period Joely supported a raft of creative executives and the production of a huge catalogue of programmes across all genres including: Wife Swap, Shipwrecked, Scrapheap, Being Human, Location Location Location, Extreme Fishing with Robson Green, Faking It.
Joely joined RAW in July 2013 to work alongside the existing team and bring increased strategic and operational expertise to the business after a period rapid of growth and exciting output.
Piers joined RAW in September 2008 having worked as a Producer and Line Producer on over 50 hours of television programming across a range of genres.
His credits include Kings and Queens for Five and the BAFTA award winning The Year London Blew Up for C4 & RTE. In 2007 he and the team won a BAFTA for the feature length drama Nuremburg. for C4. He has produced large CGI dramas including: Impact Earth for C4/ProSieben/Discovery/Channel 9, San Francisco, Channel 4/NGC, the Emmy Award winning Ten Days to D-Day for Channel 4/AETN and the ITV drama U Be Dead starring David Morrissey and Tara Fitzgerald.
Piers has been Head of Production at 3BM, Ten Alps Drama and Oxford Film and TV, where he oversaw many commissions including: Simon Schama’s America, and English Heritage , as well as keeping these ships ship-shape. Broadcasters he has worked with include: BBC, HBO, ITV, Five, Chanel 4, Discovery, Channel 7, RTE, A&E, MTV, Fox, ProSieben.
Head of US Factual
Sam is Exec Producer and Head of US factual TV at Raw. Sam has looked after Gold Rush, Discovery Channel’s ratings blockbuster from shooting and directing the three minute sizzle reel that sparked the first series to now over 52 hours of epic American TV. He is currently overseeing a number of new shows for Discovery, Animal Planet and DNI. Besides developing new ideas at Raw Sam has also looked after shows such as Deadly Seas, (Discovery Channel); three series of Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic Channel); Bangla Bangers (DNI), and Get Out Alive for Discovery Channel.
Prior to working at Raw, Sam travelled the world series producing and directing in extreme locations including West Papua to make Living with the Mek (Travel and Discovery), and Kenya for Mission Africa (BBC1). He’s also shot and directed programmes for all major UK, and many international TV broadcasters. For more info on his film making and writing see his blog at www.hebrides.com
Head of Finance
Jane Gant joined Raw TV in 2012 as Head of Finance providing full oversight of all of the company’s financial operations. Jane provides direction and leadership for the finance team, working closely with the MD to help achieve and manage business growth. Jane is a qualified Chartered ACCA Accountant.
James spent the first year of his TV career in the highlands of Papua New Guinea making a film on courtship rituals that won the Prix Bartok. He then went more mainstream, directing arts, current affairs and expedition films for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and National Geographic.
He joined Raw in 2010 after working as a series producer at Keo, Ricochet, Darlow Smithson and Firefly. Over the last four years he’s produced around 100 episodes of Discovery Channel’s highest rating series – Gold Rush.
Richard joined Raw Television in 2010 and has since overseen over fifty hours of drama-documentary output including Breakout: Season Two (National Geographic), True Stories: Safari, Witchcraft and Murder (Channel 4), and four seasons of cult favourite Locked Up / Banged Up Abroad (National Geographic).
Previously, Richard spent ten years as a freelance producer, director and writer. His credits include major international series like Days that Shook the World (BBC), I Shouldn’t Be Alive (Discovery), and The Tower (Channel 4), and he has also directed many critically acclaimed single documentaries and historical films, picking up awards including a CINE Golden Eagle and a Royal Television Society Award.
His latest projects for Raw include experimental crowd sourced drama in Blackout (Channel 4) and Blackout USA (National Geographic) along with various projects in development.
Louise has been an Executive Producer at Raw since 2010. She EPd the BAFTA award winning dramatization of the 2009 terror plot to bring down transatlantic passenger planes in NGC/4’s The Liquid Bomb, two seasons of NGC’s Locked Up Abroad; the ratings success Dangerous Persuasions for Discovery/History Canada and Miracle Landing of the Hudson for NGC. Among other projects, she currently has two feature length documentaries in production for Channel 4.
Her other credits include the Grierson Award winning programmes ‘SAS: Embassy Siege’ and Iran and the West (BBC). The Emmy Award winning ‘A Doctor’s Story’ (BBC) and RTS Shortlisted ‘Britain’s Most Wanted‘ (BBC). She was the launch Executive Producer on one of the world’s most established current affairs strand the BBC’s ‘Panorama’ when the series was pulled back into a primetime slot, where it has remained and also ran the BBC’s foreign affairs strand ‘This World’ delivering programmes filmed undercover in China and from Hezbollah territory in Lebanon.
Mark directed the all-guns blazing action flick, ‘Somali Pirate Attack’, and a ‘Locked Up Abroad’ season premiere about Goodfella Henry Hill for Raw before becoming the Show-runner for all 4 seasons of our cult horror smash for Syfy, ‘Paranormal Witness’. He’s also just directed a 90 minute found footage apocalyptic drama for History, ‘End of Days’.
Mark Lewis is a multi-award-winning writer and director. He spent 8 years making current affairs films for The World This Week, Dispatches, The Big Story and 60 Minutes. It’s a journalistic training in the fast-lane that has proved invaluable in his work making historical and contemporary drama-docs.
His historical epics such as ‘Crusades – Crescent and the Cross’, ‘Secrets of the Forbidden City’, ‘Secrets of the Dead’ and ‘D-Day – the Ultimate Conflict’ have won an Emmy, the New York Television Festival, and 3 American Film and TV Awards and BAFTA, RTS, Grierson and Australian Logie nominations.
Head of Film and TV Drama
Katherine joined Raw in March 2014 to head up Film and TV Drama. She was previously at Film4 for 9 years where she began as Head of Development in Jan 2004, was promoted to Senior Commissioning Executive in Jan 2009 and then became Deputy Head of Film in May 2013. Katherine worked across the low budget and new talent slate for Film4 for 4 years and during that time executive produced films including Tyrannosaur, Kill List, Berberian Sound Studio, The Selfish Giant, Sightseers, Starred up, the up-coming Frank, and Raw’s own The Imposter.
During her time as Head of Development at Film4, Katherine worked across much of the Film4 slate, including Slumdog Millionaire, Attack the Block, Submarine, Nowhere Boy and Brick Lane. Prior to working at Film4, Katherine ran development for Ruby Films, having joined them from the New Zealand Film Commission where she held the position of Executive Producer and Head of Development from 1999 – 2002.
Katherine has joined Raw to help build a bold and ambitious high-end TV drama and film slate working both in the UK and US. She shares the Raw ambition to tell compelling stories that ask big questions about who we are and the world we live in and to work with both experienced and new film-makers and writers with strong voices who have a desire to connect with and challenge audiences.
Senior Vice President of Development
Adam joined Raw in 2012. He heads up the US development slate and has helped develop and sell programmes to National Geographic, History, ID, TLC and Discovery.
Prior to joining Raw, Adam was Head of Development for RDF West, and Development Executive at Cheetah (Endemol) and Zig Zag. He has created and developed series and singles such as Secrets of the Shoplifters (Channel 4), Emergency Bikers (Channel 5), Virgin School (Channel 4), Cowboy Customers (ITV), Relentless (Channel 4), Change The Day You Die (Sky One), Adopt A Granddad (Channel 4), The Captain Bligh Conspiracy (Channel 5), Extreme Male Beauty (Channel 4), Trip Advisors (Channel 4) and Terry Wogan’s Ireland (BBC1).
Head of Drama and Film Development
Zander joined Raw as Head of Drama and Film Development in 2012. He worked for Raw back in 2006 before moving into scripted at Company Pictures. A year later he joined David Thompson’s, Origin Pictures, to work as a script editor and Development Executive. His credits at Origin include The Awakening, The First Grader, Freefall, Hidden and The Crimson Petal and the White.
At Raw, Zander oversees film and drama development as the company continues to grow its slate both in the UK and the US.
Executive Producer, Development
Tim joined Raw in June 2012. He is responsible for overseeing Raw’s Factual development slate, with a focus on UK development. Recent commissions include Teens (C4), Freshers (C4), Heathrow (ITV1), Unexplained Files (DNI), Blackout (Channel 4) and Britain’s Oldest Family Businesses (BBC Four). He is Executive Producer on The Missing (C4)
Tim worked as Head of Development for some of Britain’s most respected production companies, including Blast Films, Century Films and BBC in-house Documentaries. He has developed a wide range of high profile factual and drama programmes including Lambing Live (BBC Two), Million Dollar Traders (BBC Two), Bouncers (C4), Scams, Fiddles and Honest Claims (Channel 4), Consent (Channel 4), Parking Mad (BBC One), The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track (BBC Two), and Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands (ITV). Tim is also a BAFTA, RTS and Grierson-nominated director – credits include Coppers series 1 and acclaimed Cutting Edge documentary Lifers.
Sandra Shuttleworth is a highly experienced Production Executive who currently manages large scale drama-docs for US Broadcasters like Discovery, Discovery ID, Animal Planet, NGC including Canadian Co-productions with Shaw Media and Discovery Canada.
Her capability includes overseeing development projects from concept through development into production. She is an exacting operator who sets milestones, manages cash flow, employs and managing teams, delivering to schedule and on budget and reports to Broadcasters. She is well versed in Insurance and H&S measures needed on logistically-challenging projects like ‘Hudson’, sinking a real 737 plane in a bespoke tank.
Prior to joining RAW, she was recognized as a Production Manager of high end feature films working with named stars such as Madonna, Keira Knightly, and Harvey Keitel managing budgets up to £20 million and overseeing teams of up to 150 people all around the world.
Sandra is a highly capable professional who is known for her integrity, innovative thinking and enthusiasm of challenging projects.
When she’s not at work, you’ll find her on a travel adventure in some far flung destination with her family.
Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Simone joined Raw at the point of relocation, in April 2011.. And hasn’t looked back since…
She was first tasked to facilitate all stages of the company’s expansion. Working from offices off Old Street roundabout; Raw increased from 40 + staff.. Now the now 150 + strong team, and spread across 4 locations, in Shoreditch. An ambassador for the company; Simone is across all areas business, and its daily operations, as well as assisting in the development of Raw’s future talent. She’s also the EA to CEO Joely Fether, MD Piers Vellacott and EP Louise Norman.