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Raw double development appointments

Formats-headerGold Rush prodco Raw has named two heads of development, bringing in Oliver Calleja in the US and upping Tom Lazenby.

Oliver-Calleja-photoCalleja (left) takes the newly-created role of head of US development, reporting to executive VP of US Television Adam Hawkins, and working alongside development executive Felicity Morris.

Calleja was most recently at RDF as head of international development, where his credits include Mine Hunters for National Geographic and Undercover Angel for Nat Geo People.

He has also been a producer at Zig Zag and Firecracker where he cast and produced on the first season of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding creating the blue print for the series.

Tom-Lazenby_-Head-of-Scripted-DevelopmentLazenby (right) has been upped to head of scripted development across the US and UK TV slate and will report into Katherine Butler, Raw’s head of film and TV drama.

His credits include crime procedural Suspects for Channel 5. He has also been a development executive at FremantleMedia drama company Newman Street.

“We are delighted to have secured both Olly and Tom who are two of the best development brains in the business,” said Raw CEO Joely Fether commented.

“The appointment of Olly as our new head of US development will give us increased fire power in the US non-scripted space and allow Adam the ability to work across more of our productions and closely with Katherine Butler across the US scripted slate.”