James Burstall


Remedy boss Borges leaving

One of the co-founders of UK-based production company Remedy is leaving the business after 14 years. Managing director Juliet Borges is exiting to “explore other opportunities”. Chief creative officer Tom Blakeson will remain in his role, as well as taking on the MD post. She had created the business with Toby Dormer in 2003, and […]

Argonon launches prodcos with NBCU & All3 execs

UK-based Argonon Group has established a pair of joint venture production entities, with execs from NBCUniversal and All3Media behind them. Barefaced TV will focus on factual entertainment formats for the UK and international markets, while Bandicoot is billed as a multi-genre production house. Lucy Golding and Rosie Bray (pictured right, l-r), who were joint heads […]

Argonon launches prodcos with NBCU & All3 execs

UK-based Argonon Group has established a pair of joint venture production entities, with execs from NBCUniversal and All3Media behind them. Barefaced TV will focus on factual entertainment formats for the UK and international markets, while Bandicoot is billed as a multi-genre production house. Lucy Golding and Rosie Bray (pictured right, l-r), who were joint heads […]

Argonon poaches BBC commissioner for CCO role

UK indie production group Argonon has recruited Kristian Smith as its chief creative officer. Smith joins from UK pubcaster the BBC where he has been commissioning editor, BBC Comedy. During six years in that role he commissioned shows including the award-winning  Detectorists, Uncle and Boy Meets Girl. In the newly-created role at Argonon, Smith will […]

Argonon Int’l hires Fox formats chief

Jess Khanom has left Fox Networks Group to become managing director of UK-based distributor Argonon International, TBI can reveal. Khanom was global head of formats at Fox’s international sales business, which TBI last week revealed had been retooled as Fox Networks Group Content Distribution under Prentiss Fraser. She has exited to take on the newly-created […]

Industry backs British remain vote

The TV industry is overwhelmingly backing Great Britain to remain in Europe, as the country’s public today vote on whether or not to leave the European Union. Numerous other industry figures have come out in support of remaining. These include Sony Pictures Television’s format chief Wayne Garvie, former BBC director of television Danny Cohen and […]

Argonon’s Leopard hires first CCO

The US division of producer Leopard has brought on Simon McKeown as its first chief creative officer. Working out of Leopard USA’s New York base, McKeown will report to James Burstall, CEO of the prodco’s parent company, Argonon. He has been tasked with leading Leopard USA’s creative expansion and will oversee the new and existing […]

Argonon opens Scottish base

Argonon Group and its subsidiary Remedy Productions have launched an office in Scotland to capitalise on opportunities in the territory. Argonon Scotland and Remedy Scotland will both operate out of an office in Glasgow, with “a leading industry” figure recruited as head of both operations. This exec will report to Remedy’s chief creative officer Tom […]

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. […]

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 […]