Independent UK-based documentary and factual producer Rare TV has hired Chris Sanders as development producer for international projects.
Sanders (pictured) will report to vice-president of U.S. development Christian Broadhurst. He joins Rare TV from UK indie Zig Zag Productions, where he was assistant producer and senior development executive. He was also one of the inaugural winners of The David Lyle Foundation annual scholarship, which helps young executives to build careers in the international television industry.
Rare TV’s model of developing existing formattable IP for global sales has the prodco looking to create international formats from its stable of returning brands, the first of which is an international reversion of Digging For Britain. Rare has announced the launch of the Digging For… format currently in development with an as-yet-unnamed international broadcaster.
“We work very hard at bringing innovation to our international projects, and that creativity is only set to improve with the arrival of Chris, who is not only full of brilliant ideas but has an incredible work ethic. Our new developed format Digging For… will allow us to bring over a decade of expertise and resources to platforms and broadcasters in other territories that can then uncover their own national historical treasures,” said Rare TV CEO Alexander Gardiner in a release.
Added Sanders of the move: “It’s the most incredibly exciting time to be in development for U.S. and international streamers and broadcasters at a time of such change. Rule books are being ripped up with fewer and better as the focus, with bigger risks and even bigger prizes. In that context, you need a supportive team that’s not afraid to challenge and equally unfazed about mistakes, that’s the culture at Rare and it’s a pleasure to be part of that team.”