London-headquartered television distribution company DRG, which is led by Jeremy Fox, is expanding its global reach with the launch of a Los Angeles office, which will work with U.S. broadcasters and producers to add high-end factual and scripted shows to the DRG slate.
Joining the U.S. team will be the newly appointed senior VP of North America, Scott Kirkpatrick, previously with Marvista Entertainment. Kirkpatrick will be responsible for all finished program sales, and will work closely with DRG’s two West Coast-based consultants: Crispin Leyser, who manages the development of the scripted format side of the business, and Hayley Babcock, who is responsible for non-scripted format sales and the acquisition of factual programming in the region.
Fox, CEO of DRG, said: “The U.S. is an important destination for our clients and for TV distribution in general, and this new initiative will allow us to both acquire the best U.S. content, and distribute our international programming into the most competitive market in the world.”
The launch of the L.A. office is the latest development in DRG’s international expansion, following the opening of departments in Paris and Stockholm.
DRG has a range of scripted formats already in development in the U.S. from its Scandinavian and U.K. producers, and has acquired a number of high-end U.S. factual series, such as “American Genius,” “Metropolis” and “The Jesus Code.”
DRG works with a wide range of clients, from independent producers to international TV networks, web developers and social networks, as well as individual talent, media agencies and global brands. The wide range of programming in DRG’s extensive portfolio spans almost every genre, and includes hits such as Danny Boyle’s “Babylon,” cult comedy “Plebs,” popular comedy drama “Doc Martin,” the critically-acclaimed “Top Boy,” and evergreen gameshow “Catchphrase,” amongst many others.
Following investment in 2014, DRG is now part of the Nice Entertainment Group, the holding company for the production and distribution arm of Modern Times Group.