Discovery Communications today announced the acquisition of London-based independent production house, Raw. The acquisition is a key step in Discovery’s strategy to strengthen the company’s creative pipeline, diversify its content creation outside the United States, and formalize an already strong relationship with one of the top production companies in the world. The deal expands the award-winning production company’s global infrastructure, distribution platforms, and investment resources overall while preserving Raw’s independence and commitment to innovative and gripping storytelling.
“We’ve always been obsessed with great stories, and bringing them to screen in the most stylish and innovative way. I think that’s what has helped attract some of the best film-makers to Raw projects. We want to take those core values into more areas, including scripted drama and film, in the UK and US, and also around the world – and the partnership with Discovery will allow us to really turbo-charge those plans,” says Dimitri Doganis, Founder of Raw.
Discovery has worked with Raw since 2001, commissioning successful series including GOLD RUSH for Discovery Channel, UNEXPLAINED FILES for Science and Discovery Networks International and DANGEROUS PERSUASIONS for ID. Under the agreement, Raw will be able to expand into scripted programming as well as produce high-quality independent films. Raw will continue to operate independently from its London headquarters, and all of Raw’s current staff will be retained.