- Argonon CEO James Burstall on Eyeing indie opportunities in the US.
- Leopard produce live opera for Sky
- Cash in the Attic visits Gardeners' World Live.
- James Burstall speaks to C21 on the super success of Transparent joining the Argonon Group.
- Leopard UK to make Virgin Records 40th Anniversary celebration film.
- MTV announces Remedy's new production deal
- Cash in the Attic discover new talent on the Argonon doorstep!
- Leopard US debuts new show on HGTV
- C5 re-commissions TTV's hit show, Botched Up Bodies
- Argonon buys popular factual indie Transparent TV - Televisual
- The new super groups: Argonon - TBI reports
- Hollywood Reporter on Transparent TV/Argonon deal
- Transparent TV join the Argonon Group
- MIPTV 50th: Argonon CEO shares fond MIP memory
- Global television format goes digital as Argonon launches CashInTheAttic.com
- Leopard Films USA names SVP
- Leopard hires Endemol exec in formats push
- Leopard US set to pounce on AFP
- Exciting new Leopard Films USA project in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire
- Remedy Productions has hired former BBC executive Simon Horne as its head of development.
- BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® GIN AND LEOPARD FILMS USA ENLIST CELEBRITY FILMMAKERS TO PROFILE THE FRESH FACES IN AMERICA’S ART SCENE
- Argonon appoints Laura Bessell-Martin as COO to spearhead next phase of international growth
- Argonon eyes next acquisitions as profits rise
- Argonon welcomes internationally-acclaimed industry talent Nick Godwin to the group in new joint venture, BriteSpark Films
- BBC One tonight 10.35pm...A Beauty is Born
- The War On Britain's Roads 9pm BBC One.
- Leopard Films USA signs Jordan Harman as Vice President of Development
- Veteran Producer Ruth Caleb to Be Honored At U.K.'s Women In Film And Television Awards
- Leopard Films' The War on Britain’s Roads premieres at 9pm on Wednesday 5th December on BBC One.
- Exclusive: HGTV Orders 91 More Episodes of House Hunters International
- Former BBC Producer Ruth Caleb Partners With Indie Production Banner Argonon...
- Robbed Raided Reunited is back!
- Congratulations Leopard Films for winning the Czech Crystal at the Golden Prague Awards!
- Argonon eyes digital acquisitions, looking to staff up
- Argonon Lands Two Format Options
- Argonon Aligns with Paul Heaney's TCB Media Rights
- Argonon taps Miomni to extend Attic
- Tourettes: Let Me Entertain You Part 3
- Tourettes: Let Me Entertain You Part 2
- Tourettes: Let Me Entertain You Part 1
- Sita Oh Sita is now available to watch on The Space.
- Tourettes: Let Me Entertain You
- Channel 5 unveils it's winter factual slate
- Argonon continue to invest in the best creative talent in the industry
- Argonon hires Endemol entertainment exec
- Emmy-Winning Producer Lauren Deen Joins Leopard Films USA as Associate Vice President of Development
- BIG DANCE 2012
- Danny La Rue Tales Being Groomed for Big Screen
- Channel 4 and Leopard Films' Big Dance 2012 launched today!
- Leopard's Tasty Recipes for New YouTube Channel Hungry
- The Baby with a New Face by Transparent Television
- Leopard Films wins 5 Prestige Awards
- Former 19 executive to launch CashInTheAttic.com
- Flashmob dancers required for Bollywood film
- Unscripted Television Production Company Remedy Canada Announces Producer Toby Dormer as President - Official Press Release
- U.K. Veteran Toby Dormer to Head Up Remedy Canada
- Remedy's new showreel
- Champions Circle Champions Announced!
- Channel 4 Dispatches: Beating The Recession - Cash Versus Cards Monday 21st May 8pm
- Swan Lake 3D UK Premiere
- Trade Your Way to the USA: Schools Challenge
- CHAMPIONS CIRCLE
- Women of The Future Summit 2012
- Trading the way to the USA
- Leopard Films’ ground-breaking new documentary series starts today Monday 30th April 11am BBC1
- Leopard Films’ Leonardo Live has been nominated for 'Best Live Event Coverage' in the Broadcast Digital Awards 2012
- BBC takes on Channel 4 rigs with self-filmed docs
- Leopard Films is taking it’s CBBC show ‘Trade Your Way To The USA’ on the road with presenter Saira Khan
- Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake 3D UK Premiere
- Man Caves up for a Best Lifestyle Award
- MIP blog by Argonon CEO James Burstall
- Remedy win the Number 1 slot for Entertainment Producer in the UK in the Broadcast Indie Survey 2012
- Leopard Films’ BBC1 documentary Rita: My Daughter, Deafness and Me
- RISING star Reggie Yates has landed another BBC singing show
- We’ve Got Tourette’s Singdrome
- The Holding Wins Again!
- NME AWARDS 2012
- Terence Davies adapting 'Mother of Sorrows'
- BBC1 to air season of disability docs
- Tickets are now on sale for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at 200 movie theatres across the US
- The Holding - latest news
- Leopard renews Amur Leopard adoption
- WORLDWIDE THEATRICAL RELEASE OF SWAN LAKE 3D
- Argonon CEO speaking at the Media Festival
- Robbed, Raided and Reunited Article from Commissioning News
- Indie TV producers 'failing to invest in training'
- Exploring The Trend of Man Caves
- The Holding Wins 3 Awards at The Scream Awards
- Speed pumps up Argonon gameshow
- Argonon brings Pacha into the Facebook entertainment revolution
- The main cast of The Holding at the premiere
- Remedy filming Nero at the Global Gathering festival
- Swan Lake in 3D
- The Holding, FILM4 Fright Fest
- Jessie J - Live on Channel 4
- 500 Hours For MTV
- Leopard climbs to Top 3 Position as Factual Supplier
- French Cash in the Attic Leaps Forwards
- BBC Re-commissions Filthy Rotten Scoundrels
MIP blog by Argonon CEO James Burstall
MIP was sunny this year, in all senses of the word. The sun shone and the Mediterranean glittered. The mahogany ladies in Chanel were out in force on the Croisette, followed closely by their tripping primped pooches. The festival itself was not as busy as some years, but that was a plus because it meant there was more time to spend quality time with good people.
We started on the Friday, which was a change, with MipCube. This was its first outing, designed as a forum for people who are embracing new media, interactivity and transmedia story-telling. It could have been a nerds’ talking shop, but actually it was a series of powwows and debates about the opportunities of the multi-screen world. I spotted an innovative new interactive drama called Treasures from Shaftesbury, which I am looking forward to hearing more about. We’ve had Kate Modern on Bebo and now it’s time for an interactive drama that crosses both TV and online. MipCube was a fruitful event for British TV as Maverick was awarded Best International Emmy for their series Live from the Clinic, firmly placing Channel 4 at the forefront of interactive factual programming.
On Sunday, MIP proper kicked off and we launched into a round of meetings. I’m glad to say that Argonon International had their best slate ever. Leopard UK have been cooking with gas in recent months and won twelve commissions. Their best formats were the highlight of Argonon’s catalogue. Robbed Raided Reunited, a follow up to Cash in the Attic, puts the cops into collectibles. It created a lot of international interest and has been optioned for France. Cash is being made there for M6 by an excellent prodco called MediaFisher and is up to its 75th episode, rating well above slot average. The show is a natural for a country that has an incredible history. But then I am a Francophile.
AI had a lot of interest in Leopard UK’s new user generated formats. We can’t announce them yet, but they tap into a rich seam of documentary footage created by real people on their mobile phones. As the Arab Spring demonstrated, the mobile phone is the new democracy and I’m passionate about the way people can record events as they happen, and even change them, change their future. It’s very empowering.
Another trend that I noticed was a real appetite in the market for high end documentary. There are plenty of good entertainment formats out there (although they are getting expensive to license internationally, which means we must originate more!) but not very many high end docs. AI have John Bridcut’s 90 minute Rostropovich film, for example, which sold well. It’s encouraging that although budgets are tight all over the world, there is still very definitely a hunger for thoughtful quality films from top talented film-makers.
MIP is always good at throwing up a few unexpected gems. I met a talented new outfit from Singapore called Hurrah Productions. They are positioning themselves as a gateway into Asia and are being offered grants by the Singaporean government to get projects off the ground, in co-pro. I also had a great meeting with Jamie Kastner, Canada’s answer to Louis Theroux. He’s a very witty author documentarian who was writing a feature story for the Toronto Star and also showcasing some of his new projects. He had a funny set of sizzle reels on his ubiquitous iPad. Everyone has their hot new project to sell at MIP, and that’s the point.
I went to various parties, of course, the best this year being the DRG party on the Carlton Beach. It was a big crowd of commissioners from the UK and US, a lot of producers and various distributors. I met up with Rob and John from Force Four in Vancouver. They have an excellent new format called Million Dollar Neighbourhood, which has been commissioned for a second season in Canada and optioned by OWN, Oprah’s US channel. It does not have a home in the UK yet and we are considering whether we can place it. It’s a clever idea as a whole crowd of people are challenged to raise a million dollars in one month by working together. A timely idea in these cash-challenged times.
Apart from that, I had a breakfast meeting with Leopard US agent Rob Miller, who is doing a great job pushing our US development into new territories, and ICM’s Pippa Lambert to talk about various co-productions we have on the slate. We sat by the pool at the Majestic hotel, surrounded by the industry’s great and the good. It was a fun atmosphere.
On my last afternoon, there was a giant strike by French air traffic control (yeurch) so I managed a quick swim in the sea. It was a brisk 14 degrees Centigrade and crystal clear. It felt like the start of the new season. Bring it on!