- Dimitri set up Raw in 2001 with a small development deal from Channel 4, with the ethos to produce the best stories in the most visually striking and innovative way. Dimitri concentrates 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.
Bart LaytonCreative DirectorBart joined Raw TV as Creative Director in 2005. Now 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.
Piers VellacottManaging DirectorPiers left 4 years of law school and decided to become a television producer! He joined RAW in September 2008 having previously worked as a Producer and Line Producer on over 50 hours of television programming across a range of genres. He is as conversant in US production and business affairs as he is in Europe, and has been across over 500 hrs of programming whilst at Raw.
Sam MaynardExecutive Vice President: US Factual ProgrammingSam has been with the company since 2006 and has been responsible for setting up and overseeing Raw’s most successful series’, such as ‘Locked Up Abroad’ and ‘Gold Rush’. Sam has also initiated and run other repeat series’ such as ‘Jungle Gold’ and ‘Homestead Rescue’ for Discovery. Recent productions include the premium feature documentary specials ‘Presidents at War’ for History Channel and ‘Dave Turin’s Lost Mines’ for Discovery.
Adam HawkinsUS Creative DirectorAdam has led development at Raw since 2012. During that time he has created, developed, and won series commissions from numerous broadcasters including History, Discovery, ID, TLC, Nat Geo, CNN and Syfy. These include CNN’s Race For The White House, Discovery’s Harley and the Davidsons, Taking Fire and Homestead Rescue, National Geographic’s No Man Left Behind, Investigation Discovery’s Women In Prison and TLC’s Two In A Million
Liesel EvansCreative Director, UK FactualLiesel Evans joined Raw in July 2017 as Creative Director of UK Factual; overseeing the development and production of series and singles for all the major UK broadcasters. Recent credits include ‘Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me’ (BBC Two), ‘Drowning in Plastic’ (BBC), ‘Bats, Balls and Bradford Girls (BBC Three), Ikea’s 3-part series ‘Flatpack Empire’ (BBC Two), ‘Conviction: Murder in Suburbia’ (BBC Two), Series 4 of ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ (ITV) and 2-part series ‘Searching for Mum’ (BBC Two).
Louise NormanHead of US Documentaries and SVP Special ProjectsLouise joined Raw in 2011, having left the BBC where she ran the multi award winning foreign affairs strand ‘This World’ managing programmes filmed undercover in China & from Hezbollah territory in Lebanon. Most recently she co-exec’d Race for the White House with Kevin Spacey - CNN’s highest ever rating original series and is currently overseeing Raw’s next big CNN series ‘The Kennedy’s’. Previous productions include the BAFTA winning Liquid Bomb Plot for NGC/C4.
James BatesSenior Vice President, US Factual ProgrammingJames joined Raw in 2010 for the first episode Gold Rush, Discovery’s highest rating show. 150 episodes later he still execs the show along with two spin off series that he developed. As a director and series producer his background is in arts, current affairs, anthropology and expeditions.
Katherine ButlerHead of Film and TV DramaKatherine joined Raw in 2014 from Film4 where she exec produced many titles including Raw's own The Imposter. She heads up Raw's scripted team who are developing a slate of feature films and scripted TV for the UK and US. She is currently producing Bart Layton's next film American Animals.
Mark LewisExecutive ProducerMark joined Raw in 2010 to direct the all-guns blazing action flick ‘Somali Pirate Attack’ and a Locked Up Abroad season premiere about Goodfella Henry Hill, before becoming Show-runner for all 5 seasons of Syfy's cult horror smash, 'Paranormal Witness’ and Nat Geo’s ratings-grabber ‘No Man Left Behind. He also directed a 90 minute found footage apocalyptic drama for History, ‘Revelations - The End of Days’.
Tim WardleExecutive ProducerTim joined Raw in 2012 as Head of Development. In 2015, he become an Exec Producer, looking after projects including top rating 9pm ITV series Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport and Channel 4’s The Missing. He is also a director, with recent credits including One Punch (Channel 4) and an upcoming feature documentary for CNN, Discovery and Sundance.
Oliver CallejaHead of US DevelopmentOlly joined Raw early in 2017 as Head of US Development. With a background in production as well as development, he has devised and delivered a number of series for the US market for broadcasters including Discovery, National Geographic, and TLC. Projects range from Mine Hunters (Nat Geo) to My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (TLC) and include specialist factual series, formats, and docuseries.
Gemma GibbsHead of CastingGemma joined Raw in 2013, since then she has led multiple casting teams on UK and US programming including TLC's Two in a Million & ITV's Heathrow. From approaching unique individuals with incredible stories for sensitive docs to finding big personalities prepared to take on some of the most dangerous jobs in the world... there's not many casting briefs Gemma hasn't delved into over the last 10 years.
Suzy JaffeHead of TalentSuzy joined Raw in 2011 to establish the talent department. Previously, she worked extensively in production and development for Channel Four and the BBC, ranging from directing documentaries to series producing How to Look Good Naked. She has brought some of the most creative people in the industry to Raw and is committed to nurturing new, diverse talent.
Nageena AhmedProduction ExecutiveNageena rejoined Raw in November 2018 as Production Executive across the US content. Prior to this Nageena worked for broadcasters like BBC and Sky and the Indie community on projects including ‘DIY SOS, ‘Great British Sewing Bee’, ‘Top Of The Pops Reloaded’ and across content for Childrens BBC & Learning and the CBeebies and CBBC channels.
Tom Watt-SmithExecutive ProducerTom joined RAW in 2018 to direct the RTS-winning ‘Drowning in Plastic’ and is now an Executive Producer across UK factual programmes and development. Prior to joining RAW, he was an Executive Producer and Director at Studio Lambert, making the RTS-nominated series ‘Big Life Fix’
Tom HendersonHR ManagerWith 5 years of experience within HR and CIPD qualified, Tom joined Raw in 2016 to build the HR function that aligned to Raw’s growing requirements and expanding workforce. A day in the working life of Tom can be spent buried in spreadsheets, offering support to employees, advising the senior team on current employment law compliance, and with any free time he has left he uses it to pitch new show ideas he can star in.
Ross GoodlassHead of Development UK FactualRoss joined Raw in 2017 having developed a raft of high-rating singles and returning series, including Unsafe Sex In The City (BBC Three), Worst Place To Be A Pilot, (Channel 4) and The Sex Testers (E4). During his time at Raw, he’s played a key role in creating a slate of high-profile projects, including the RTS winning Drowning in Plastic, Nadiya Anxiety and Me (BBC One), and Acid Attack: My Story (BBC Three).
Sarah HarrisDeputy Head of DevelopmentSarah joined Raw in early 2018. By August she moved up to Deputy Head of Development, and now works across a wide range of factual content for all the major UK broadcasters. Prior to joining Raw Sarah work at Century Films and developed a number of high profile documentaries including Manchester: A Year of Hate Crime for Channel 4 and BBC Two’s Is It Safe to be Gay in the UK?