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Factual round-up: BriteSpark & Beyond link to fund ‘MEM’; Scorpion strikes in Spain; CuriosityStream expands in India

BriteSpark embraces Massive Engineering Mistakes Argonon-owned BriteSpark Films has linked up with Beyond Rights to co-produce a third and fourth season of Massive Engineering Mistakes. The 20 x 60-minute series, which will be sold by Beyond, has also been funded through pre-sales with undisclosed partners, including a yet-to-be announced US network. The show has previously sold to […]

Scotland’s STV expands by acquiring Barefaced TV from Argonon

Scottish broadcaster STV has added Argonon-owned Barefaced TV to its production interests, despite posting a loss of almost £5m ($6.75m) in its half-year results. STV will add the Rosie Bray and Lucy Golding-led company to its STV Studios division, which has been rebranded from STV Productions. The move, which means STV Studios now owns seven […]

Mediaset takes Magnify Media car-based gameshow into Italy

Mediaset in Italy has ordered a local remake of an automotive-focused gameshow that was first ordered by the BBC in Scotland. Test Drive follows three teams as they embark on a road trip through beautiful scenery en route to a mystery destination. During the drive, they must answer questions via a specially adapted satnav, with […]

Bill Nighy boards Channel 5’s ‘World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys’

Channel 5 in the UK has ordered a trio of shows from Argonon Group’s BriteSpark Films, including a series about train journeys that has actor Bill Nighy onboard. The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys will explore trips across Canada, Europe and New Zealand through the characters who travel, work and live near them, with Nighy […]

Armoza’s Singerella scores UK option

Armoza Formats’ singing show Singerella has been optioned in the UK. Argonon-owned Chase The Case producer Bandicoot TV has picked up local rights to the prime-time fact ent format, which was launched at last month’s MIPCOM market. In each hour-long episode, friends and family nominate a woman with unfulfilled musical dreams to get her moment in the […]

TCB inks first-look deal with Argonon’s Transparent TV

TCB Media Rights has signed a two-year first-look deal with Argonon-owned indie Transparent TV. Under the deal, TCB will represent Transparent’s entire back catalogue, bringing a further 70 hours to its factual slate. Highlights include 33 hours of Botched Up Bodies and season two of Michael Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (pictured). TCB has also closed […]

Argonon poaches BBC commissioner for CCO role

UK indie production group Argonon has recruited Kristian Smith as its chief creative officer. Smith joins from UK pubcaster the BBC where he has been commissioning editor, BBC Comedy. During six years in that role he commissioned shows including the award-winning  Detectorists, Uncle and Boy Meets Girl. In the newly-created role at Argonon, Smith will […]

Canuck prodco to coproduce Channel 4 series

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a 7x60mins factual series from a pair of Argonon Group prodcos – Windfall Films and Remedy Canada. My Floating Home (WT) will follow couples and families who have decided to create their own waterborne homes in the UK and around the world. “With the ever increasing popularity of these exceptional […]

Argonon’s Leopard hires first CCO

The US division of producer Leopard has brought on Simon McKeown as its first chief creative officer. Working out of Leopard USA’s New York base, McKeown will report to James Burstall, CEO of the prodco’s parent company, Argonon. He has been tasked with leading Leopard USA’s creative expansion and will oversee the new and existing […]

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