Scott Kirkpatrick

TBI Weekly: What happens when limited series become unlimited?

If the behind-the-scenes turmoil of HBO’s Big Little Lies has achieved anything, it has been to demonstrate the unique turning point faced by limited series that become unlimited. The case, however unique, begs the question: can a series really be ‘limited’ anymore when the tectonic shifts rocking the industry increasingly call for returnable hits that […]

Nat Geo Wild scoops up DRG’s ‘Predator Land’

National Geographic has acquired natural history series Predator Land from DRG for its global Nat Geo Wild network. Produced by South Africa’s Obsessively Creative, with DRG’s Mette Kanne-Behrendsen as executive producer, the 3 x 60-minute series profiles Africa’s most iconic predatory animals. Episode one focuses on two lion prides; episode two on leopards, following mothers […]

TBI Weekly: AVOD, branding and ‘You’ discussion dominates NATPE

The aftermath of rampant consolidation was in the spotlight at this week’s NATPE market, where the uptick in AVOD models, rights ownership and branding à la Netflix-Lifetime hit You dominated the discussion. Steven Cahall, senior analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said it best early on in the week: “If you don’t work for the four […]

Passion sales chief resurfaces at DRG

Elin Thomas has joined UK-based distributor DRG just days after her exit from Passion Distribution was announced. She has taken on a newly-created post as executive VP of sales at the Modern Times Group-owned company, with former Arte France sales manager Emilie Klienmann also joining. At DRG, she will oversee the sales operation, reporting to […]

DRG grows Kirkpatrick post after American growth

UK-based DRG has expanded Scott Kirkpatrick’s role to include oversight of Latin America after growth in North America. Kirkpatrick joined MTG-owned DRG last year as senior VP, North America, and now adds South America to that post. “Over the past year Scott has proven his ability by being an influential factor in DRG’s substantial growth […]

Hulu buys SVOD rights to UK comedy

Hulu has acquired exclusive SVOD rights in the US to British comedy Plebs. The US platform closed the deal for seasons one and two with distributor DRG. The agreement also includes Monicker Pictures’ comedy The Delivery Man and Channel X-produced Detectorists as US streaming exclusives. Plebs is UK digital channel ITV2’s highest-rating comedy and is […]

DRG expands to LA with MarVista exec

Britain-based distributor DRG has launched an office in LA as part of a strategy to increase focus on US business. MarVista Entertainment’s Scott Kirkpatrick has been drafted in to run the base as senior VP, North America. He will be responsible for all finished tape programme sales in the States, while also working with local […]

Marvista launches digital distribution division

LA-based producer and distributor Marvista Entertainment has launched a new unit dedicated to acquiring and selling content to digital platforms. Marvista Digital Entertainment will focus on distributing content to digital services in North America and will be run by Vanessa Shapiro, Marvista’s current executive VP, distribution. Scott Kirkpatrick will move from director of international sales […]