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News brief: MTV renews Remedy deal

UK pay TV channel MTV has renewed its deal with Argonon-owned Remedy Productions to produce its music programming for a fifth consecutive year. The deal sees Remedy producing around a 1,000 hours of content across a range of music-themed formats and MTV channels such as The UK Top 40, celebrity-hosted music countdowns and artist profile […]

Leftfield, Rigg launch reality prodco

Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Entertainment and former Argonon unscripted exec Nick Rigg are setting up a new joint venture prodco. Loud TV will be based in New York, with Rigg as founder and his former Leopard Films USA colleagues Julian Locke and Lauren Deen as executive VP and senior VP, lifestyle development, respectively. Rigg left […]

Argonon makes Transparent acquisition

UK-based production group Argonon has bought indie factual prodco Transparent Television – its first acquisition since launching two years ago. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, means London-based Transparent is now part of a stable of Argonon production companies that also includes Leopard Films, Leopard Films USA, Leopardrama, Remedy Productions and Remedy Canada and joint […]

The new super groups: Argonon

In the first of a two-part feature on emerging production super groups, Stewart Clarke talks with James Burstall, CEO of UK-based Argonon, which today acquired Transparent Television. When James Burstall formed Argonon through the creation of indies Leopard and Remedy in 2011 he said it would be a £100 million (US$153 million) turnover business within […]

Leopard Films USA poaches Dave Hamilton from Endemol

Leopard Films USA has recruited Dave Hamilton as its senior VP. He joins from Endemol USA and will lead the indie’s strategic operations in the US. Leopard Films USA is part of production and distribution group Argonon and Hamilton will report to the group’s CEO James Burstall. He starts in his new role on April […]

Argonon appoints COO

Production and distribution group Argonon has hired Laura Bessell-Martin as its COO. Bessell-Martin’s previous experience includes stints at Shed Media and UK pay TV operator BSkyB. The COO role is a new one at Argonon. The company said it is focused on both strategic acquisitions and commercial exploitation of IP across all areas of the […]

Nick Godwin to run new factual prodco at Argonon

Ex-Cineflix executive Nick Godwin has created a new factual production company, BriteSpark, which will be part of the Argonon group. The new prodco will be a joint venture between Godwin and Argonon, the production and distribution group that includes Leopard Films and Remedy Productions. Another ex-Cineflix executive, Paul Heaney, will handle international sales of programming […]

Sony options gameshow Sit Tight

Spanish formats house Phileas has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Television, which has optioned French and Italian rights to its gameshow Sit Tight. Madrid-based producer Phileas created the format in which contestants face being physically eliminated from the show if another contestant correctly answers general knowledge questions. Sony is pitching the format to French […]

Sex, Drugs and Restaurant wars

“Chefs are the new rock stars,” says Mike Beale, head of formats at ITV Studios, the company behind long-running hit Come Dine With Me. “It’s not about Delia anymore and you could probably track this trend to The X Factor.” If chefs are the new rock stars, international cooking formats are their stage. The traditional […]