Raw has promoted Race For the White House Executive Producer Louise Norman to Head of US Documentaries and SVP Special Projects as the indie targets growth in documentary output
Since joining Raw in 2010, Norman has overseen documentaries and series including BAFTA winning Liquid Bomb Plot and Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers (NGC/C4), Miracle Landing on the Hudson (NGC), 30 x 30 feature documentary The Prince of Pennsylvania (ESPN), OJ: Caught on Camera (Discovery/C4) and CNN’s Race of for the White House co-executive produced with Kevin Spacey.
Forthcoming projects include the company’s next blue chip CNN series Kennedys: An American Dynasty (w/t). Norman is executive producing with Eamon Hardy.
Norman’s new title comes as part of a bigger renewed Raw push into high-end documentary projects, which has also seen Senior Executive Producer and Director Mark Lewis working with Raw’s EVP of US Television Adam Hawkins to secure documentary commission David Koresh and the Siege of Waco (w/t) as part of A&E Network’s returning ‘Biography’ franchise. In addition, Lewis has written and directed, alongside freelance director Emily James, Silk Road: Drugs, Death and the Dark Web for BBC/A&E, following the case of the drugs black market website Silk Road and its creator Ross Ulbricht, aka The Dread Pirate Roberts.
Norman and Lewis report into company founder Dimitri Doganis and CEO Joely Fether.
Norman said: “There has never been a more exciting time to be making ambitious documentary specials and documentary series for the US market, there is a voracious appetite by audiences for programming that delivers compelling true stories and extraordinary characters with journalistic integrity and cinematic quality, this is at the heart of what we do at Raw and is my passion as a programme maker.”
Doganis said: “In this rapidly evolving landscape, with new buyers entering and the power of some old players in the balance, we continue to believe in the power and appeal of the best true stories bought to the screen by great film-makers. Documentaries and unscripted series can deliver all the tension, the twists and turns, and the extraordinary characters that people now expect from scripted shows – but with the additional appeal of saying something important about the real world.”