Nick Godwin


Argonon takes full stake of BriteSpark

Argonon Group has acquired 100% of BriteSpark Films, its joint venture with Nick Godwin. Godwin, the creative director and co-founder of Britespark, established the company with Argonon in 2013. Titles from the prodco include Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords and Nazi Treasure Hunters. The exec will continue as creative director and look to build an executive […]

Godwin’s BriteSpark lands development chief, ITV docu-soap

Argonon-backed factual producer BriteSpark Films has hired former Dragonfly exec Will Robson as head of development, while concurrently landing a docu-soap with ITV. Robson (below) spent three years at Shine Group-owned Dragonfly as a senior development producer, working on shows such as BBC Two’s The Burrowers and Sandy: Anatomy of a Superstorm. He will now lead development […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Cineflix Productions bosses exit in restructure

Cineflix Productions’ Toronto-based CEO Simon Lloyd and executive VP Joe Houlihan are exiting the business to launch their own prodco, as Cineflix Media shakes up its operations to focus on the US and UK markets. Lloyd and Houlihan have agreed to remain with Canadian indie Cineflix until the end of the year to “facilitate the […]

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 […]

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 […]