Summit ’13: DRG acquires “Brize Norton,” “The Harbour”

The UK-based distributor has picked up the doc series Brize Norton and The Harbour (pictured), and Nazi Temple of Doom, a documentary about a Celtic gold cauldron with links to Hitler.
January 29, 2013

British distributor DRG has picked up a doc series about Air Force base Brize Norton and Aberdeen Harbour, and a documentary about a Celtic gold cauldron with links to Adolf Hitler.

The titles are part of the company’s continued focus on building a catalog of heritage documentaries, science, history, reality and lifestyle programming.

“We’re really looking to build on those [genres]. We’re not going to be reinventing any wheels,” Ali Hill, DRG’s head of acquisitions for factual and factual entertainment, told realscreen. “We’re looking for strong series ideas that can be built into brands and headline-grabbing one-offs, particularly accessible science and history.”

Produced by Dai4films for Sky1 HD, Brize Norton (eight x 60 minutes) follows a cast of military and civilian personnel on the Royal Air Force base, which is the size of a small city and includes a hotel, fire station, sports club, medical center and nightclub, among other amenities.

The company has also acquired The Harbour (pictured, six x 30 minutes), a Tern TV-produced ob-doc series for BBC1 Scotland about people working on one of Europe’s busiest ports, Aberdeen Harbour; and Nazi Temple of Doom, a Furneaux & Edgar Productions-produced Channel 5 documentary about the uncovering of a Celtic cauldron at the bottom of a Bavarian lake connected to Himmler’s S.S. shrine at Wewelsburg and Hitler’s quest for the Holy Grail.

Formerly head of acquisitions for Target Entertainment, Hill joined DRG last year following the departure of senior VP of acquisitions Diane Rankin.

In the year ahead, she is looking to acquire reality series with a slightly left-field setting or approach to a subject; doc series and one-offs in history, science and royalty with new and edgy angles; and lifestyle programs, such as Extreme Parental Guidance and Don’t Tell The Bride, that will work well in both daytime or prime time slots.

“We’re very keen to find brands that work in formats,” she says.

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