Diane Rankin, most recently head of acquistions at Cineflix International, has been named SVP of acquisitions at DRG. In the newly created role, she will manage the factual and factual entertainment acquisitions team and report to Andrea Jackson, managing director of acquisitions at Digital Rights Group. She begins her new role in September.
In a statement, Jackson said of Rankin’s appointment, ‘At DRG we’re incredibly proud to represent one of the markets largest and most impressive factual catalogs and central to Diane’s role will be the ongoing growth and investment in this genre, with new emphasis on expanding our specialist and factual entertainment programming.’
‘I am thrilled to be joining the DRG team and I’m very much looking forward to playing a significant role in the next stage of the company’s growth,’ said Rankin.
DRG currently has a new first-look agreement with award-winning doc producer Roast Beef and the market premieres of BBC Productions’ new doc series Museum of Life, fact ent series and formats such as Renagade Pictures’ Don’t Tell The Bride (BBC Three) and Heston Blumenthal Big Chef Takes on Little Chef (Channel 4), Objective Productions’ The Real Hustle (BBC Three, Sat.1, TV3), Phil Gurin’s new entertainment format Your Chance to Dance (CMT) and Videotext’s Time Team (Channel 4).
Paul Heaney, president and managing director at Cineflix International, told realscreen that the company is now avidly looking for a replacement, to be based in the UK and with an aim towards continuing the growth of Cineflix International’s third party representation. ‘Di’s done an amazing job for us and I wish her well,’ he said. ‘She set up a division within Cineflix and now I want someone to be able to come in and continue the growth for that division.’