Argonon appoints for development drive, hires Banijay alum

Abandoned Engineering and The Masked Singer UK group Argonon has made a series of appointments at production companies under its umbrella. Danny O’Brien has been promoted to head of development for Like a Shot Entertainment, which is behind Abandoned Engineering and Mysteries Of The Abandoned. He has previously produced returning series including Private Lives Of […]

Argonon buys Nemorin as ‘growth path’ out of pandemic focuses on branded content

Argonon has expanded its branded content operations by acquiring UK-based outfit Nemorin Film & Video, as part of the production group’s ‘growth path’ out of the pandemic. Nemorin was founded in 2014 by Pete Fergusson, former head of commercial video for the Telegraph Media Group, and creates branded video, advertiser-funded programming and social content for companies around […]

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 […]

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