Richard Halliwell


New CEO at DRG as Fox focuses on Atrium

Richard Halliwell has been named CEO of UK-based distributor DRG, with Jeremy Fox vacating the post and becoming executive chairman to focus on drama venture Atrium TV. Halliwell (right) joined DRG from BBC Worldwide in 2013, and was most recently managing director. He is credited with helping the business diversify its operations, taking it to […]

Ex-ITV Studios exec joins DRG drama club

Former ITV Studios, Shine Group and Cineflix exec Dave Clarke has joined UK-based DRG to bolster its drama ranks. Clarke has signed a 12-month contract as scripted development and acquisitions consultant. Besides working with the DRG acquisitions team to find new scripted programmes, he will also locate suitable projects for the recently announced Atrium TV […]

Passion sales chief resurfaces at DRG

Elin Thomas has joined UK-based distributor DRG just days after her exit from Passion Distribution was announced. She has taken on a newly-created post as executive VP of sales at the Modern Times Group-owned company, with former Arte France sales manager Emilie Klienmann also joining. At DRG, she will oversee the sales operation, reporting to […]

DRG backs Wildseed to grow

London-based distributor DRG is to provide funding for talent and content incubator Wildseed Studios. The partnership will see DRG investing in a round of Wildseed pilots this financial quarter, and will continue indefinitely with the investment described as “uncapped”. However, Modern Times Group-owned DRG will not take an equity stake in UK-based Wildseed, a spokesman […]

DRG hires Sky Vision, Zodiak sales execs

Nice Entertainment Group distributor DRG has brought on sales executives from Sky Vision and Zodiak Rights following an uptick in turnover. Amity Easter Utley is exiting Sky-owned sales company Sky Vision to take on distribution responsibilities for DRG in Spain and Portugal, while Jo Halstead is leaving Banijay Group’s Zodiak to oversee Japan, Southeast Asia, […]

Pubcasters set off for The West

Public broadcasters in Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Australia are among channels that have acquired historical docu-drama The West from distributor DRG. The Robert Redford-executive produced show, originally for AMC in the US, has gone to RAI, SVT, DR and SBS, with the latter’s pay TV compatriot Foxtel taking the subscription window. Kabel Eins Doku in […]

DRG grows Kirkpatrick post after American growth

UK-based DRG has expanded Scott Kirkpatrick’s role to include oversight of Latin America after growth in North America. Kirkpatrick joined MTG-owned DRG last year as senior VP, North America, and now adds South America to that post. “Over the past year Scott has proven his ability by being an influential factor in DRG’s substantial growth […]

DRG, Outline in major content pact

Distributor DRG has entered into a content partnership agreement with Outline Productions, the UK indie that’s producing the UK remake of Norwegian format Born On. DRG will help Outline expand its business and growth by contributing to a development fund designed to aid the creation of formats for the local and international markets. DRG will […]

Trio of first-look deals for DRG

MTG-owned distributor DRG has secured a raft of new content after striking three first-look deals with UK indie producers. It has inked an exclusive deals with Jonathan Drake and Steve Maher’s fledgling drama prodco Three River Fiction. It has also agreed a two-year development deal established UK indie Hillbilly Films & Television, which counts BBC […]

DRG grows Hedges role

UK-based distributor DRG has promoted Noel Hedges to a new role of executive VP, content. Former Cineflix and Shine International exec Hedges joined DRG just over a year ago, as TBI revealed at the time, to become head of acquisitions. In his new post, he will oversee DRG’s content strategy, be responsible for key acquisitions […]