Chief Executive Officer, Argonon Group and Leopard USA
James is a forward-thinking leader. He is passionate about ideas and talent. He trained as a journalist, then producer director. As Executive Producer, his credits include Mormon Love on Facebook, award-winning feature film An Englishman in New York starring John Hurt and Cynthia Nixon, and hit franchise House Hunters International. He is a voting member of BAFTA and a Fellow of the RSA. He speaks five languages and is learning Mandarin.
Founding Director, Executive Producer and Strategic Advisor
Joey is founding director and strategic advisor across Argonon. He has exec-produced all of Leopard Drama’s productions including the RTS winning Eve, the BAFTA and RTS nominated An Englishman In New York, BAFTA Mental Health Award Winner for Best Drama Mysterious Creatures for ITV1 and Missing for BBC1. As an RTS winning costume designer his credits include: Our Loved Boy, Primeval, Shameless, Murphy’s Law, Waking The Dead, 40, Cold Feet, Kid in the Corner, Mischief Night, Red Cap, Peggy Su and Flight.
John is an Emmy Award winning producer with a consistent record of success in production and content development, encompassing a diverse career. With over 20 years in the business, he has overseen nearly 1000 hours of programming on high volume series for Discovery Channel, Fox, A&E, Travel Channel and HGTV across a wide range of TV genres. John oversees current programs at Leopard USA, and serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner on HGTV’s House Hunters International.
Chief Operating Officer, Argonon Group
Laura Bessell is a qualified chartered accountant with excellent experience in finance, operations, mergers and acquisitions in the international television industry. She has a keen eye for detail and her role at Argonon is to marshal the Group’s operations, advise on strategic growth and make things happen.
Rosie started her career in BBC Entertainment and has since worked for a wide-range of channels and indies, including ITV Studios, Talkback, Endemol and NBC on international formats like ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and ‘Big Brother’. With her Co-Director Lucy Golding she has secured primetime commissions for BBC2 and C4. She also co-created BBC3’s ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid?’ and occasionally admits to being the voice of POD.
VP of Development
Jillian has developed scripted and non-scripted programming for Lifetime, MTV, History, Discovery, Oxygen and more. She has worked for various production companies throughout New York and has a strong passion for finding and developing great characters and unique worlds. She loves a good marathon, whether it be running or binge watching TV on a quest for the next big idea.
CEO, Windfall Films
David Dugan founded Windfall Films in 1987. He has created many ground-breaking science series, including the BAFTA-winning Inside Nature’s Giants. His strong narrative approach to documentaries has won him many awards, including: Emmys, Royal Television Society Awards, Grierson awards, Broadcast awards, British Science Writers awards and a BAFTA.
Creative Director, Windfall Films
Ian is widely recognised as being one of the most visually gifted, original and imaginative film directors of his generation. He has devised striking and highly evocative ways of bringing the past to life in science and historical documentaries. Many of his films are now considered to be classics of the genre, and their innovative visual ideas have been widely copied. Standout films include The Elements (RTS Award) The Curse of the Methuselah Tree (Best Environmental Film, Jackson Hole,) The Dambusters (RTS Award), Playing Out, and the recent major BBC drama documentary about the sinking of HMS Coventry, Sea of Fire.
Chief Operating Officer, Leopard USA
Shirley is an Emmy nominated producer who has worked across most genres of production. She was Production Executive for BBC Horizon and Time-watch documentary strands, as well as working in the UK independent sector making series for all UK broadcasters. Whilst at RDF she opened their NY production office and then went on to run the BBC NY office for four years before joining Stephen David Entertainment where she produced hybrid drama/docs for AMC, Netflix, Amazon, History and Nat Geo.
Creative Director, BriteSpark Films
An award winning director and executive producer, Nick has a track record of creating innovative and compelling TV for leading British, US and Canadian networks. An expert in long-running series and international co-production, Nick brings his outstanding film-making skills to BriteSpark Films, a joint venture partnership with the Argonon Group.
Lucy started out as a Promo Producer before making the leap into TV working on Castaway for the BBC. She has since worked for a number of UK indies, most recently running Factual Entertainment Development at NBC. She co-created and Series Directed Working Girls for BBC3 and with her Co-Director Rosie Bray she has secured primetime commissions for BBC2 and C4 including The Millionaire Party Planner and Restaurant Wars, which she exec produced.
Creative Director, Windfall Films
Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer & Director Carlo Massarella has devised and worked on a wide range of innovative and successful science, technology and history series for British, American and Canadian television channels since joining Windfall Films in 1996, including the BBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, Channel 4, Science Channel, H2, Destination America, TLC, UKTV, HGTV and Channel 5.
Managing Director, Bandicoot
Before founding Bandicoot with Daniel Nettleton, Derek was Executive Vice President and Head of Non-Scripted for All3Media’s Lime Pictures – the group’s most profitable operating company. He co-created and was Executive Producer on Bravo’s Emmy-winning dating show The Singles Project, and Workout NY in the US, as well as overseeing reality juggernauts The Only Way Is Essex and Geordie Shore in the UK.
He has also worked as Creative Director of BBC Entertainment and has produced and executive produced some of the TV’s biggest brands, including Big Brother, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.
Creative Director, Bandicoot
Daniel began his career as Terry Wogan’s warm-up man before moving into development at BBC Entertainment and RDF Media. He later set up the development team at Ant and Dec’s production company, Gallowgate.
He has also had a successful career in production as the UK’s leading games producer, devising memorable challenges for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and eight series of Big Brother, where he created and voiced the infamous Tree of Temptation. Lured back to development, he then spent six years at a variety of NBC Universal labels as Head of Development and Head of Entertainment.
Director of Programmes and MD BriteSpark East
Tom manages our Chelmsford office and works across BriteSpark’s slate, developing new projects and executive producing shows. Before joining BriteSpark in 2019 he spent six years at Channel 4 as Commissioning Editor based in both Specialist Factual and News and Current Affairs, with commissions ranging from Guy Martin series to BAFTA-winning current affairs. During that time his key commissions included the BAFTA/ RTS News/ Grierson/ Emmy-winning ‘Syria Across the Lines’; Grierson-winning ‘Hunted’, ‘The World’s Most Expensive…’; ‘Dogs: Their Secret Lives’; the BAFTA-nominated ‘North Korea – Life Inside the Secret State’;, and had joint responsibility for the high profile Michael Jackson doc ‘Leaving Neverland’.
Previously Tom worked as an Executive Producer at Blakeway where he managed the Dispatches slate for four years, and before that as a freelance Producer/Director, making films for Channel 4, BBC, ITV, Sky One and NHK at companies including Quicksilver, Brook Lapping and October films.
Managing Director, Like A Shot Entertainment
Henry is a creative entrepreneur who was previously CEO and founder of a pioneering Television Shopping and Advertising Group, Simply Media, before establishing Like A Shot in 2011 with Steve Gillham. Since its inception he has created innovative ways to fund TV programming and has executive produced 100’s of hours of returnable factual TV series’ for broadcasters such as UKTV, Discovery and Foxtel.
Chief Creative Officer for Leopard Pictures
Kristian began his career as a script editor in both drama and comedy, working on the likes of Teachers and Eastenders.
As a Producer, he took Emmerdale through to its first RTS victory for best continuing drama, before moving to BBC in-house comedy, where he developed and produced new titles like The Old Guys and Life of Riley.
For the past six years, Kristian has been Commissioning Editor for comedy at BBC. His commissions include: the double BAFTA winning Detectorists; the return of Catherine Tate’s, Nan; P.G Wodehouse’s, Blandings; Uncle; and a number of Royle Family Christmas specials. He also commissioned the UK’s first transgender sitcom, Boy Meets Girl.