The prodco of ex-Leopard Films execs Jacqueline Hewer and Nicki Gottlieb has signed a first-look deal with UK-based distributor DRG.
The deal ties factual- and factual entertainment-focused Brown Bob Productions with the MTG-owned sales house for two years.
DRG takes distribution rights on Brown Bob shows going forwards.
Brown Bob is behind Channel 4’s 3x60mins Paul Merton’s Secret Stations and W’s Inside the Ambulance (pictured), both in the UK.
New commissions with British broadcasters will soon be announced, with others in “advanced development”, according to the company.
Gottlieb, Brown Bob’s managing director, said the company was attracted to DRG, in part, due to its size. “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.”
DRG senior VP of acquisitions Katy Cundall said Brown Bog had been a target “for some time”.
“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,” she added.
“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.”
Hewer and Gottlieb left their respective roles as head of daytime and head of production at UK-based Leopard in 2013 to launch Brown Bob.
That came after Leopard merged with Remedy Productions to form the Argonon Group, which now comprises various prodcos in the UK and North America.