RAW, the indie behind the Emmy-award winning Don’t F**k With Cats, Three Identical Strangers, American Animals and Fear City:New York vs The Mafia, has recruited BBC Studios Director of Business and Commercial for Factual Fiona Clarke to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer.
Clarke will report to RAW’s CEO Joely Fether and work closely with Managing Director Piers Vellacott and founder Dimitri Doganis. She will be tasked with supporting the business across all operational areas. Clarke will take up her role in the New Year.
She joins RAW (an All3Media company) from the BBC where she held a number of key roles in The Science Unit, The Natural History Unit and The Documentary Unit. Most recently, as Director of Business and Commercial, she played a leading role in creating and driving the success of BBC Studios Productions Factual where her credits include The Surgeon’s Cut for Netflix and Blue Planet II for BBC One. Previously she was Head of Business Affairs for Discovery UK. She has also spent a number of years working in the independent sector, across a broad range of productions.
RAW’s CEO Joely Fether said: “Fiona has an incredible overview of all elements of production and a deep understanding of the challenges and changes needed within our industry, alongside a real appreciation of the operational needs of a growing business. Piers and I are incredibly excited to be bringing someone into the company with such a fantastic reputation to work and support us both in the next phase of RAW”.
Fiona Clarke said: “I feel very privileged to be joining RAW. The incredible range of programmes they make, from Don’t F**k with Cats and the extraordinary Gold Rush brand, to important productions such as Drowning in Plastic and Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me, make them creatively a really exciting company to work with. I’m looking forward to joining the team in the New Year, during this period of huge growth, both in volume and ambition”.
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