U.K. Production Company Raw Ramps Up Scripted Show Ambitions

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The banner brings in a duo of high profile TV execs to help steer a course into more scripted material behind "Battlefront" and "Neighbourhood Watched."

LONDON – Emmy award-winning independent production company Raw has hired Zander Levy as a scripted development exec as the banner ramps up its ambitions in the programming sector.

Raw has also brought in former BBC executive Tim Wardle to head up development.

The company's debut movie The Imposter premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival while Gold Rush --  airing on the Discovery Channel in the U.S. -- has been re-commissioned for its third series and Locked Up Abroad on National Geographic is now the longest-running series in the network's history.

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Raw TV’s output in the U.K. boasts the multiple Emmy Award-winning cross-platform project Battlefront and Neighbourhood Watched.

"Our decision to move into scripted development feels like a natural next step given our experience producing high-end drama-documentaries, and the fact that our first feature film will be in cinemas this August," Raw managing director Dimitri Doganis said.

"Zander [Levy] is someone we identified as a significant emerging talent with great credits to his name already, who we feel can help us break down the boundaries between genres. Both Tim and Zander bring fantastic development experience to the table, and we are delighted to be bringing such strong talent on board."

Wardle joins from Century Film, where he headed up its development team.

During Wardle's time there, Wardle was responsible for documentaries, factual series and drama-docs such as Make me Normal (Channel 4), Scams, Fiddles and Honest Claims (Channel 4) and Million Dollar Traders (BBC2), among others.

Levy joins Raw from former BBC Films chief David Thompson’s Origin Pictures, where he worked as a development exec bringing in new talent, originating ideas and script editing.

He worked across both film and television on a broad range of projects such as: The Awakening, starring Rebecca Hall; Dominic Savage’s BBC2 single drama, Freefall; and the BBC2 adaptation of The Crimson Petal and the White