- 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 LaytonCo-FounderBart 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. A member of the senior management team, he has been pivotal in developing, setting up and overseeing Raw’s big returnable US series such as ‘Gold Rush’ Discovery Channel’s #1 show and NGC's cult drama doc ‘Locked Up Abroad’ now in its 14th season. He has also developed and executive produced further long run repeat series for Discovery such as ‘Homestead Rescue’ ‘Parker’s Trail’ and ‘Dave Turin’s Lost Mines’. Recent productions include ‘Presidents at War’ for History Channel, ‘Auto Biography’ for Discovery+ and a new three part premium doc series for Netflix.
Adam HawkinsUS Creative DirectorAdam is the US Creative Director for Raw and has created and developed documentaries and formats for Netflix, Showtime, National Geographic, History, TLC, ID, Discovery, A&E, and CNN. He has worked as Executive Producer on Don't F**k With Cats, Fear City (both Netflix), CNN Film's Three Identical Strangers, and the CNN Original Series Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy.
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 and global SVODs. UK Factual credits include the ‘The Lost Sons’ CNN Films, critically acclaimed ‘The Ripper’ (Netflix), ‘Drowning in Plastic’ (BBC One), ‘Meat: A Threat to Our Planet?’ (BBC One), ‘Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me’ (BBC Two), 3-part series on Ikea ‘Flatpack Empire’ (BBC Two), ‘Conviction: Murder in Suburbia’ (BBC Two) and ‘Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport’ (ITV).
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 Mahershala Ali - 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. More than 200 episodes later he still execs the series. He’s also developed and run three successful spin off series - White Water, Parker’s Trail and Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue.
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 Produceris a director and Senior Executive Producer at Raw. He directed the DGA and Sundance award-winning feature documentary Three Identical Strangers. The film took more than $12m at the US box office, and was BAFTA nominated and Oscar shortlisted. Tim has a number of scripted and documentary film projects in development. His Executive Producer credits include Netflix series BAD SPORT, and a feature documentary about the pioneers of women’s boxing.
Tom BarryDirector of Programmes, UK FactualTom joined Raw in September 2015, to work as an executive producer and across development. Working in the UK and America, he’s currently overseeing projects for BBC, Netflix, Channel 4 and ITV and recently delivered two high profile US series. He Executive Produced the multi award winning Three Identical Strangers and Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me.
Oliver CallejaSVP/Head of US DevelopmentOliver joined Raw early in 2017 to lead US unscripted development. Since then he has created and developed a range of premium documentaries, documentary series and formats for networks and streamers including Netflix, Discovery, CNN, Nat Geo, TNT and History. These include Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe and American Dynasties: The Kennedys (CNN), Dave Turin's Lost Mines, Autobiography and All on the Line (Discovery), Presidents at War (History), Fear City (Netflix), and a number of upcoming Netflix series including Woodstock 99.
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.
Nicholas FranklinProduction ExecutiveNick joined Raw in February 2020 as Production Executive across US content and is currently overseeing productions with Netflix, CNN and Nat Geo. Prior to working at Raw Nick has worked in the UK and France on a range of projects from a live caption of a Vivaldi Opera at the Theatre Des Champs Elysees to a documentary on the Chibok Girls filmed in North East Nigeria.
Sara MurrayHead of TV, ScriptedSara joined Raw from Studio Lambert, where she was an executive producer on The Feed (Amazon/Virgin). Prior to that she was development producer at Cowboy Films where she developed and was associate producer on Top Boy (C4). She worked at C4 as development editor across series, Misfits The Devil’s Whore and Red Riding and has script edited a number of shows including Dr Zhivago (ITV), Whistleblowers (ITV) and Eastenders (BBC)
Louisa FitzGeraldHead of TV Development, ScriptedLouisa joined from Twelve Town/Pinewood Television where she was Head of Development. Prior to that she was development producer at Hat Trick where she script produced The Secret (ITV). She has also worked as a Script Editor on River (BBC One), Law & Order UK (ITV), Casualty (BBC One) and Holby City (BBC One).
Tom KeelingExecutive ProducerTom Keeling joined Raw in September 2020 as Executive Producer; currently overseeing Raw’s latest Netflix commission, his previous credits include Drive to Survive (Netflix), How to Rob a Bank (Viceland), Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic), and over 40 hours of true crime for Discovery ID.
Heather SalterHead of Film DevelopmentHeather joined Raw’s scripted development team in 2015, working across the development of the slate before coming to focus on feature film in 2017. She has worked across the development of Bart Layton's AMERICAN ANIMALS (2018) and Michael Pearce's upcoming second feature INVASION for Amazon Studios, starring Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer. In 2019 she served as Associate Producer on DREAM HORSE for Film4/Warner Bros. In her current role as Head of Film Development she is responsible for overseeing Raw’s extensive film slate, looking for new projects, and working closely with both established and emerging writers and directors as the company continues to build on its success in this department.
Holly PalinHead of CommunicationsHolly joined Raw in 2018 - she is responsible for the company's communications strategies and PR, working closely with Raw's creative teams and broadcast partners to promote its productions and people. Holly previously worked for ITV as Head of Drama & Arts PR and has held comms roles at Maverick TV, Beano Studios, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Borkowski PR, where her clients included The Three Tenors and Cirque du Soleil.
Sam StarbuckExecutive ProducerSam first came to Raw in 2013 to series produce a season of SyFy’s cult horror show Paranormal Witness and later Nat Geo’s military dramadoc No Man Left Behind in 2015. Since then she has executive produced over 100 hours of documentary television series and specials for multiple US and UK broadcasters. She returned to Raw as an executive producer in March 2020 to oversee a slate of projects for Netflix and CNN Originals.
Sheun AdelasoyeExecutive ProducerSheun joined Raw in July 2021 as an Executive Producer to work across development and production. Prior to joining Raw, Sheun was Head of Access at October Films where she developed, produced and executive produced high-profile films such as C4’s Broadcast nominated The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done? Investigation Discovery’s The Murder of George Floyd: A Nation Responds, C4’s The Mum Who Got Tourette’s, C5’s feature documentary Predator: Catching the Black Cab Rapist and an upcoming feature documentary about Britain’s iconic fashion and textiles designer Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Ross GoodlassHead of Development UK FactualRoss joined Raw in 2017 having developed a raft of high-rating singles and returning fact-ent series, including Unsafe Sex In The City (BBC Three), Worst Place To Be A Pilot (Channel 4), The Sex Testers (E4), and The Man With 10lb Testicles (C4). 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), The Ripper (Netflix),The Lost Sons(CNN Films), Acid Attack: My Story (BBC Three), and Meat: A Threat to Our Planet (BBC One).
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?
Craig BlackhurstExecutive ProducerCraig has delivered US and UK Network series: Ultimate Airport, Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail, Expedition Mungo, Railroad Alaska, World’s Lost Tribes, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, Maestro, Goldie’s Band by Royal Appointment and 100 Years Younger in 21 Days.
Felicity MorrisHead of US Documentary DevelopmentSince 2012, Felicity has been working across development and production and was made RAW's Head of US Documentary Development in 2019, where she has been overseeing a diverse and exciting slate of feature documentaries and series. As producer, Felicity’s most recent credits include Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Don’t F**k with Cats and A&E’s critically acclaimed series, Waco: Madman or Messiah?. Felicity is currently directing her first feature documentary for Netflix.
Nicky MurphyHead of Production, UKNicky joined Raw Factual in 2019 as Head of Production for UK. She’s currently overseeing high profile series for Netflix, BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and has recently delivered The Ripper (Netflix), Locked up Abroad (NatGeo) and Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport (ITV).
Vikki HarrisTalent ManagerVikki began working at Raw in 2014 as a freelance Producer across US funded development, and in 2019 became Talent Manager. Specialising in casting for factual programming, previous credits include Babies (Netflix), Sex Tape (C4), Stand Up To Cancer (C4), Embarrassing Bodies (C4), The Sex Education Show (C4), Supersize VS Superskinny (C4), and Future Weapons (Discovery). Vikki is responsible for finding the best editorial off-screen talent across all levels, and all non-scripted productions.
Natalie MoodyTalent ManagerNatalie first joined Raw as Talent Manager in 2012 after having worked as a self-shooting Producer/Director at the BBC in Children's Factual, Factual/Entertainment and the Consumer Unit as well as ITV. Her staffing career has included time at RareTV, WagTV, Nutopia and Talented People before rejoining Raw in 2020.
Nageena AhmedProduction ExecutiveNageena rejoined Raw in November 2018 as one of the Production Executive across the US content. Credits include ‘Windsors’ and ‘Race For the Whitehouse’ S2 for CNN, ‘Shackleton’, ‘All On The Line’ and ‘Autobiography’ for Discovery and several Netflix features docs and series currently in Production.
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.