Top factual and drama execs join Indie start-up
Sugar Films today announced that Nav Raman and Kwadjo Dajan have joined the 360⁰ media company as co-founders and Creative Directors. Raman and Dajan join Pat Younge, Narinder Minhas and Lucy Pilkington who launched the indie in March. The start-up is seeking investment and has already secured a number of funded developments.
“I’m delighted to be joining this dynamic team of programme-makers. Pat, Lucy, Narinder and Nav have proven track records that speak for themselves, and together, I’m sure we can create something special.”Kwadjo Dajan
Kwadjo Dajan is an award-winning producer who developed and produced some of the most successful dramas in recent years. These include BAFTA-nominated serials Mrs Biggs and Cilla; The Widower and Appropriate Adult (as co-producer). He was awarded the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Award in 2012, and in 2014 produced the two highest rating new dramas across all UK channels (Cilla and The Widower).
Dajan has a strong vision for the Sugar Films drama slate, adding: “The objective is to turn great stories into compelling dramas with mainstream appeal. They’ll be ambitious in scale, provocative, uninhibited and elegant. We want Sugar Films to be the home of dramas that inspire, affect and move people.”
“This is an amazing opportunity to work alongside one of the most exciting creative teams in the business. We plan to build on our reputation for making innovative shows to create bold thought-provoking content.”Nav Raman
Nav Raman has an impressive track record, both as a commissioner. and executive producer. As Commissioning Editor . Factual Entertainment at C4 she was responsible for peak time series, with a slate including Child Genius, Brat Camp, The Unteachables and Bollywood Star. More recently, as Director of Development at Nutopia, she led the US and UK development strategy and executive produced drama-documentary Siege in the Sahara for C4 and PBS.
Raman will focus on pushing the company’s factual entertainment output by developing new formats and talent for the UK and international markets. She said: “This is an amazing opportunity to work alongside one of the most exciting creative teams in the business. We plan to build on our reputation for making innovative shows to create bold thought-provoking content.”
Pat Younge, Co-founder & Managing Director, Sugar Films added: “We’ve been talking to Nav and Kwadjo for a while now, so it’s a fantastic vote of confidence that they’ve chosen to join Sugar Films. Both are at the top of their game, with Nav giving us real expertise in factual entertainment whilst Kwadjo has a stellar record in drama. This opens up whole new worlds for us that we can now explore aggressively. ”