Today we announce we have signed an exclusive, two-year, first-look deal with factual and factual entertainment specialists, Brown Bob Productions.
Brown Bob Productions was founded in 2013 by Jacqueline Hewer and Nicki Gottlieb. Since founding Brown Bob the team has had a number of successes, notably Paul Merton’s Secret Stations for Channel 4 (3 x 60) and Inside the Ambulance (10 x 60) for W (UKTV). Inside the Ambulance sees an ambulance rigged with cameras for the very first time and features paramedics wearing body-mounted cameras. The series provides a unique perspective on what it’s like to respond to and deal with emergency calls and also beautifully captures the camaraderie that exists between the paramedics. This is a title we already represent.
The first look deal sees us picking up distribution rights for all future Brown Bob productions. The company has built a wide-ranging and extensive programming slate over recent months with exciting, already-greenlit titles soon to be announced and further titles in advanced development - all with leading British broadcasters
Katy Cundall, SVP acquisitions at DRG, who struck the deal with Brown Bob Productions comments: “Brown Bob is a really interesting company and has been on my wishlist for a partnership for some time – so we are very excited at having Nicki, Jacqueline and the team join the wider DRG family. Brown Bob brilliantly combines passion and experience to produce top quality factual and factual entertainment programming and is particularly adept at creating volume series that engage primetime audiences. Such volume is very attractive to broadcasters – and us as a distributor – and it demonstrates Brown Bob’s ability to fully explore and extend ideas, telling rich, multi-layered stories.”
“Brown Bob was first introduced to DRG as a suggested distributor and we are excited that this has developed into a successful and broad-based partnership”, comments Nicki Gottlieb, Brown Bob Productions’ managing director. “Katy and the team fully understand our business and are totally supportive of our ambitions and strategy. DRG’s size was also part of the appeal: it is small enough to care and the team is always accessible, but it is also big enough to make a meaningful investment in us and our content. We are now confidant that with DRG’s financial and creative backing, as well as its extensive knowledge of the international TV market, Brown Bob will quickly go from strength to strength, delivering broad-based factual content and formats that will succeed in the UK, as well as with broadcasters overseas.”