Independent producer-distributor All3Media has acquired the production companies Raw and betty from Discovery Communications.
Raw and betty are the creative forces behind a slate of documentaries, factual entertainment, reality formats, and dramas in the UK and U.S. Both prodcos launched in 2001 and were acquired by Discovery in 2014 and 2011, respectively.
Raw’s titles include Gold Rush, one of Discovery Channel’s most-watched series of all time; CNN’s Race for the White House; BBC1′s The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs; BBC2′s Conviction, Murder at the Station; and the BAFTA-winning film The Imposter.
Most recently, Raw produced the hit scripted series Harley and the Davidsons for Discovery Channel and its next major feature film American Animals is currently shooting and slated for release in 2018.
Meanwhile, betty makes factual television programs which aim to provoke debate and create adventure. It’s produced shows that have sold around the world, including The Undateables, Tricks of The Restaurant Trade, Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and The Autistic Gardener for Channel 4, ITV’s Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Everest Rescue for Discovery.
“Raw and betty are both incredibly strong creative businesses with very exciting production and development slates and hugely talented and well respected teams. Acquiring Raw and betty strengthens our content offering and talent base, in the UK, US and internationally,” said Jane Turton (pictured), All3Media’s CEO, in a statement.
Marc Graboff, president, global business and legal affairs, production management and studios for Discovery Communications, added he is confident that All3Media is “the best environment in which to nurture further growth and success for these two outstanding production companies.”
In 2014, Discovery Communications and Virgin Media-owned Liberty Global bought All3Media from its owner, private equity group Permira, through a joint 50-50 venture.
Raw and betty’s programs will be distributed by All3Media International.