British distributor DRG is expanding operations with an LA office.
The move comes as the company continues its international expansion, focusing specifically on boosting its presence in the U.S. The LA office follows launches in Paris and Stockholm, while the company’s headquarters remain in London.
According to a release issued by DRG, the distributor has a number of scripted formats already in development in the U.S. from its Scandinavian and UK producers, and has also acquired such factual series as American Genius, Metropolis and The Jesus Code.
Joining the American outpost is former Marvista Entertainment exec Scott Kirkpatrick, who has been named senior VP of North America, where he will be responsible for all of the distributor’s finished program sales.
In his new role, Kirkpatrick will work with DRG’s two West Coast consultants, Crispin Leyser – who manages the development of scripted formats – and Hayley Babcock, who is responsible for unscripted format sales and the acquisition of factual programming in the region.
“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,” said Jeremy Fox (pictured), CEO of DRG, in a statement.