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