Raw TV makes senior promotions for U.S. team

The UK-headquartered indie has made a raft of senior promotions among its U.S. team, including the appointment of Sam Maynard (pictured) as executive VP of U.S. factual programming.
September 8, 2015

UK indie Raw TV has made a raft of senior promotions for its U.S. team.

The current head of U.S. factual, Sam Maynard, is to become executive VP of U.S. factual programming, reporting into the company’s founder Dimitri Doganis and chief executive Joely Fether.

Meanwhile, Gold Rush executive producer James Bates has been upped to senior VP of factual production, executive producer Louise Norman has been promoted to senior VP of special projects, and executive producer Richard Bond has been made senior VP of factual production, in addition to serving as head of UK factual.

Upon joining Raw in 2007, Maynard oversaw Bangla Bangers for Discovery Networks International as well as the first three seasons of Locked up Abroad for National Geographic Channel. In 2008 he developed and exec produced the first three seasons of Gold Rush. Other titles he has overseen include Jungle Gold and Shackleton: Death or Glory for Discovery.

Meanwhile, Bates boarded Raw in 2009, having previously served as a producer for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery and Nat Geo. He is presently exec producing the sixth season of the show.

Norman joined Raw in 2010 and is currently exec producing Race for the Whitehouse for CNN with co-producer Kevin Spacey’s company Trigger Street. Bond – who also joined the company in 2010 – has overseen The Unexplained Files for Discovery, Love The Way You Lie for ID, Breakout and four seasons of Locked Up Abroad for National Geographic Channel.

Raw TV is presently producing Discovery’s mini-series Harley and Davidson, as well as creative director Bart Layton’s next film project, slated for release next year.

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