Argonon, Amanda Groom create Bridge to Korean copros

Growing UK production powerhouse Argonon is backing a new coproduction company that focuses on bringing English-language firms together with Asian counterparts. The Bridge launched earlier this year, with former Channel Health managing director Amanda Groom (below) attached as founder and MD. It has already secured its first funding round for a trio of new projects. […]

Channel 5 targets Yorkshire Ripper

UK terrestrial Channel 5 has commissioned a 1x60mins special that includes first-hand accounts from survivors of gruesome attacks by British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe (pictured). Left For Dead By the Yorkshire Ripper will broadcast in the UK in March and represents Argonon Group joint venture prodco BriteSpark Films’ first British commission. The doc will tell […]

Argonon snaps up UK indie Windfall

Growing UK production group Argonon has acquired factual specialist Windfall Films for an undisclosed amount. The deal is described as the biggest since Argonon was founded in 2011 as the new parent of prodcos Leopard and Remedy Productions. Windfall is behind UK shows such as Channel 4’s doc shows The Murder Trial and Inside Nature’s […]

Tinopolis buys Top Chef producer

The Tinopolis Group has paid an undisclosed multi-million dollar sum for Magical Elves, the US-based producer behind Top Chef and Braxton Family Values. No exact figure was put on the deal, which is the latest example of international production companies buying into the US’s bank of unscripted prodcos. Magical Elves now sits in a stable […]

Leopard USA hires dev boss in formats drive

Argonon Group’s Stateside producer Leopard USA has hired Rex Vigil as VP, development. The New York-based prodco is focusing on developing formats to compliment its slate of shows, which include House Hunters International and Man Caves and has brought the exec as a result. Vigil joins from UK- indie Wild Dream Films, where he was […]

Argonon gets Blacklisted

Independent global producer Argonon today unveiled a new joint venture drama prodco, Blacklisted Films. Founded by former Leopardrama development producer David Chikwe, the joint venture will complement existing companies under the Argonon umbrella, including April 2013 acquisition Transparent Television and Leopardrama. Blacklisted Films has several scripted series already in development, including online transsexual sitcom Living […]

Leopard moves to replace production chief after exits

Argonon-owned UK prodco Leopard Films has upped Bhupinder Kohli to head of production after Nicki Gottlieb left to start her own indie. Gottlieb and Leopard head of development Jacqueline Hewer have left the London-based producer-distributor to launch Brown Bob Productions, a new factual entertainment venture. An Argonon spokeswoman told TBI Kohli had subsequently been upped to […]

US, Canuck nets profile Handsome Devils

Production companies from London and Toronto are coproducing a 10x60mins docu-drama for Investigation Discovery in the US and Slice in Canada. The UK’s BriteSpark Films and Canada’s Saloon Media are co-creating Handsome Devils, which will explore 10 real-life crimes of passion and America’s most notorious woman killers, who used their looks and charm to get […]

Channel 4 turns clock back to Fifteen to One

The UK’s Channel 4 is bringing back classic quiz Fifteen to One as part of a Retro Night in September. Argonon Group-owned Remedy Productions will produce the show, which broadcasts on Friday, September 20. Comedian Adam Hills will host the celebrity special in which fifteen contestants will battle it out to win the quiz, each […]

Spain’s Phileas options formats to FremantleMedia, Endemol

Spain’s Phileas Productions has inked deals with FremantleMedia and Endemol for its format Don’t say it, Bring it! Phileas has teamed with Turkey’s Global Agency to distribute the format and it has clinched the deals with FremantleMedia in France and Endemol in Italy, which will both now attempt to get local versions of the show […]