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Ben Barrett

Joint Managing Director

Ben started his TV career at sports and adventure distributor Extreme International, where he became Managing Director in 2000, and a co-founder of the Extreme Sports Channel. Upon the sale of the business in 2006 he joined Zig Zag Productions where he became Commercial Director. In 2010 Ben set up his own consulting business and spent three years working with Raw TV and other indie clients, before joining forces with Lilla in 2013 to set up Drive. Ben specialises working with UK and international producers and rights holders to help identify international production, distribution and commercial opportunities for content creation, financing and rights exploitation. Ben works across the UK, North America and Australasia.

+44 (0) 20 3701 7327

+44 (0) 7771 784 838


Lilla Hurst

Joint Managing Director

Lilla is a coproduction specialist, with extensive experience in her field and an unparalleled contacts network across Europe, Australia and North America. Before co-founding Drive with Ben, she ran Lillavision, helping indies to secure co-production and deficit finance. Previously Lilla was Head of Co-Production for factual and scripted projects at Channel 5, Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at RDF International (now Zodiak), and Managing Director of TVF Distribution. Lilla works across the UK, North America and Australasia.

+44 (0) 20 3701 7326

+44 (0) 7940 540 396

Business Affairs


Andrew Baker

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Baker is one of the UK's leading media advisers, having worked with some of the most innovative and influential television producers in the UK over the last 10+ years. He was the founder of Rights TV, the UK's largest and most well-respected Business Affairs consultancy. Having worked with over 300 production companies, rights owners and agencies, Andrew has advised on an eclectic range of projects from negotiating sponsorship and broadcast deals for the BAFTA Award Ceremonies (Client: BAFTA) to the online interface for aspiring Guinness World Record holders (Client: Guinness World Records). His experience spans all genres of TV production and exploitation including Drama, Scripted Comedy, Docu-Drama, Documentary, Specialist Factual, Entertainment, Talent and Kids, and he has extensive experience of rights licensing and exploitation. Andrew has been appointed as a non-executive director at Drive, providing general commercial and strategic advice.


Fiona Chambers

Business Affairs Executive

Fiona is a legal and business affairs consultant specialising in the acquisition, distribution and exploitation of rights, TV programming and formats. After qualifying as a solicitor in a City law firm, she became legal counsel for Chorion, dealing with exploitation and management of children's and adult literary properties. She was then Senior Solicitor at RDF/Zodiak Rights (now Banijay Rights) for over a decade, where she advised on all aspects of global TV and format distribution legal and business affairs for both kids and factual brands and programming. In 2015 Fiona set up her business affairs consultancy and assists Drive with its legal and business affairs across its UK and international business.

Sales and acquisitions


Lulu Prutton

Senior Sales and Acquisition Executive

Lulu began her career working at BBC Bristol and Brook Lapping and went on to produce and direct magazine and entertainment shows and location-based travel shows, before becoming an executive producer. She moved into factual, acquiring ratings winners for Channel 5 and helped achieve broadcast commissions for Tigress. In 2012 she moved to Amsterdam as International Sales and Distribution Manager for an Emmy Award-winning producer distributor and more recently has been working between Holland and London as the Commercial and Creative Manager for New Earth Films. Lulu oversees acquisitions for the growing catalogue and sales in the following territories: Middle East, Japan, Africa, Baltic States, Canada, Eastern Europe and India.

+44 (0) 20 3701 7329


Chris Bartlett

Senior Sales Executive

Chris has had a long varied and successful career, moving from commercial helicopter pilot to his first job in TV at BBC Worldwide. He then progressed on to successful stints at ITV, GMTV, Channel 4 and even in acquisitions for an Arabic production and distribution company. He then joined Portman Film & Television which soon grew into DRG where he worked for some 12 years. At DRG, as Vice President of Sales, as well as selling at some point to every territory in the world, he was covering nearly all genres; distributing dramas, formats, factual and kids series. More recently he has also been acting as a sales consultant for Magnify Media. Chris now oversees sales to the following territories: Scandinavia, Middle East, Africa, New Zealand and French Speaking Canada.

+44 (0) 20 3701 7328


Anne Roder-Botbol

Senior Sales Executive, France

Anne has more than 20 years experience in distribution. After starting her career at TVF International, she moved onto Channel 4 International where she had great success distributing, such as the first format sales of Supernanny and That'll teach them in France and Germany and coproduced documentaries such as The Hindenburg from Pioneer, Lusitania and San Francisco Earthquake from Darlow Smithson. She then joined DRG, as VP of sales where she was selling drama, factual and formats (factual and drama). Successes include selling Doc Martin to Sky Germany, the remake rights of Doc Martin and Eyewitness to TF1, don’t tell the Bride finished tape and format. Anne oversees France.

+33 (0) 66 5608 871


Daniela Bagliani

Sales Agent - Italy

For more years than she likes to remember, Daniela worked as head of factual and docs at RTI Mediaset, Italy's main commercial network. With Mauro Fabbricotti, she founded the consultancy Full Board Media, which offers broadcasters and investors innovative, custom-made solutions. At Drive, Daniela oversees sales for Italian-speaking Europe.


Mauro Fabbricotti

Sales Agent - Italy

Fifteen years on the front line of RTI Mediaset's factual and docs acquisition and co-production activities has given Mauro deep programming, production and content experience. He co-founded Full Board Media with Daniela Bagliani, with whom he manages Drive's sales for Italian-speaking Europe.


David Albareda

Sales Agent - Spain and Latin America

David boasts five years' experience as content sales director in Spain and Latin America. His knowledge of the market, the network he has established and the trust he has built with all acquisition executives, programmers and program directors puts him in the best position to guarantee the best marketing strategy for your productions.

Operations and marketing


Tran Giang

Head of Operations

Tran began her media career at the Washington Post in 2001, and moved to London in 2003 to pursue an interest in programming. She worked for four years at The Rights Company where she handled a wide range of clients including Sony Pictures, Paramount and Revolver Entertainment. She then became Head of Acquisitions for Warner Music Entertainment before joining Lilla's previous company, Lillavision, in 2009, and then Drive. Tran ensures the smooth day-to-day running of Drive by providing general office support to both Managing Directors and our growing Sales and Acquisitions team. This includes planning markets, conferences and travel as well as maintaining accounting and technical systems.

+44 (0) 20 3701 7325


Tilde Valentin

Operations and Marketing Manager

Tilde commenced her career as an Event and Marketing Coordinator at the leading Danish department store Magasin du Nord in 2007. Later she moved on to working as Head of Modern Languages and International Coordinator for Silkeborg Business College before moving to London in 2015. She has been with Drive since 2016. Tilde provides day-to-day support to both the Acquisition and Sales Team updating and maintaining the Drive Media Rights Acquisition and Sales Contract database. She also manages the Drive website.



Lisa Murray

Finance Controller

Arilda Shanini

Financial Assistant