Gold Rush producer Raw TV has promoted former head of U.S. development Adam Hawkins (pictured) to senior VP of development, which will see him working to further bolster the UK indie’s U.S. slate.
Hawkins will continue to be based in London, working alongside creative director Bart Layton, but is to have more of an American presence as well as “greater autonomy” over Raw TV’s development strategy. He will lead a group of four development execs and work closely with the company’s head of U.S. factual Sam Maynard in targeting programming for the U.S. market.
In his new role, Hawkins will also collaborate on U.S. scripted projects with head of drama and film development Zander Levy.
Prior to joining the company in 2012, Hawkins served as head of development for RDF West, and was also a development executive for Endemol-owned Cheetah and Zig Zag. His production credits include Secrets of the Shoplifters (Channel 4), Emergency Bikers (Channel 5), Virgin School (Channel 4) and Cowboy Customers (ITV).
“Adam is one of the most innovative and creative development brains I have come across,” said Raw TV founder Dimitri Doganis in a statement. “He is one of those rare individuals who not only has a deep knowledge and insight into the existing U.S. TV market, but is still able to think completely outside the normal parameters and arrive at somewhere truly original.”