Raw TV’s Sam Starbuck is joining Dorothy St Pictures as svp of Documentaries.

Dorothy St, the independent production company founded by Julia Nottingham in 2018, produced the recent Pamela Anderson documentary for Netflix and Apple TV feature documentary Twas’ the Fight Before Christmas.

Starbuck will work across the whole production slate which includes the recently announced three-part series for Disney+ with Coleen Rooney about the infamous Wagatha Christie trial, a documentary series for Amazon Prime Video focussing on the story of Jeff and Shaliea Ayan, the self-styled You Tube ‘love guru’s’ and suspected cult leaders alongside a raft of forthcoming titles for Netflix and other streaming platforms.

Starbuck joins Dorothy St Pictures from Raw, where she was executive producer on  The Tinder Swindler, Netflix’s most-watched documentary film of all time. She also oversaw 4-parter Reframed: Marilyn Monroe for CNN Originals, and Netflix’s feature doc Memories of a Murderer: the Nilsen Tapes, amongst other titles. Across her career spanning two decades, she has delivered more than 100 hours of high-end documentary films, series and specials for US and UK broadcasters and streamers.

Other recently released projects produced by the Company include If the Streets Were on Fire by filmmaker Alice Russell, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and Super Eagles ‘96 by filmmaker Yemi Bamiro premiered at Doc NYC.

Dorothy St is backed by Sister, the independent studio founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, which took a minority stake in the non-fiction production company in early 2022. The resource the partnership provides allows the team at Dorothy St to not only grow its slate of premium documentary content, but to expand into other genres. Through sharing expertise across the Sister networks, Dorothy Street Pictures can help support and empower independent creative talent, to tell authentic, original and distinctive stories, creating space for filmmakers, both new and established.

Sam Starbuck said: “I am so thrilled to be joining the team here at Dorothy St, and building on their incredible flair, talent and creativity, to deliver exciting projects to global audiences.”

Julia Nottingham said: “We couldn’t feel prouder to be bringing the brilliant Sam into Dorothy St. We’ve been admirers for some time and her taste, track-record and talent are second-to-none.”

Pippa Considine

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