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 Farm, Catch Phrase, The Bar, 15 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.