Formats

DRG launches global formats division

Independent distributor DRG is launching DRG Formats, a stand-alone division that will oversee its global unscripted and scripted formats business.
March 24, 2014

Independent distributor DRG is launching DRG Formats, a stand-alone division that will oversee its global unscripted and scripted formats business.

The division – which will be helmed by MD of acquisitions and formats Andrea Jackson – will represent format brands including The FarmCatch PhraseThe Bar15 to 1 and This Is Your Life, among others.

In addition, DRG Formats will be the only distribution division for unscripted and scripted formats from Nice Entertainment Group’s Strix, Monster, Gong, Baluba, Rakett and Paprika Latino; Norwegian broadcaster NRK’s scripted and unscripted formats; and Channel 5′s in-house production and Irish commercial network, TV3.

Albertina Marfil has been appointed as formats manager of sales and acquisitions and will be responsible for the Nordic region and Ireland, while former BBC Worldwide, Shine International and ITV Global exec Jennifer Harrington will serve as senior formats manager, overseeing format sales into the CEE region.

“We have seen this area of the business perform strongly in recent years and now with the strength of our catalog from parent company Nice and third party producers, it made sense to launch a stand-alone business division,” said Jackson. “Drawing on the newly established team’s expertise, we expect to see dramatic growth and look forward to taking the division to international markets.”

DRG Formats will launch the division and its latest slate of content at MIPFormats and MIPTV next month.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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