James Burstall

Chief Executive Officer, Argonon Group

+44 207 704 3300

jamesburstall@argonon.com

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 An Englishman in New York starring John Hurt and House Hunters International. He is a voting member of BAFTA and a Fellow of the RSA. He speaks five languages and is learning Mandarin.

Joey Attawia

Founding Director, Executive Producer and Strategic Advisor

+44 207 704 3300

joeyattawia@argonon.com

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 Bertholon

Executive Producer

+1 212 843 2821

johnbetholon@leopardusa.com

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.

Laura Bessell-Martin

Chief Operating Officer, Argonon Group

+44 207 704 3300

laurabessellmartin@argonon.com

Laura Bessell-Martin 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.

Tom Blakeson

Chief Creative Officer, Remedy Productions

+44 207 704 3300

tomblakeson@remedyproductions.tv

Tom is responsible for Remedy Productions’ creative output and digital interactivity.  An experienced producer of quality entertainment programming, he was named one of Broadcast Magazine’s Hot 100 in 2012. His credits include BBC One’s breakthrough hit Pointless, Channel 4’s The Million Pound Drop and now 15 to 1 for Channel 4.

Juliet Borges

Managing Director, Remedy Productions

+44 207 704 3300

juliet.borges@remedyproductions.tv

Juliet is as well known for her warm likeability as she is for her sharp business and financial mind. When she’s not running Remedy she can be found cycling across places like Jordan or China to raise money for charity.

Rosie Bray

Co-Creative Director

+44 207 704 3300

RosieBray@barefacedtv.com

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.

Jillian Brand

VP of Development

+1 212 843 2821

jillianbrand@leopardusa.com

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.

Ruth Caleb

Executive Producer, Leopard Pictures

+44 207 704 3300

RuthCaleb@leopardpictures.tv

As Leopard Drama’s Executive Producer, Ruth brings a wealth of experience to Argonon scripted content. She has been awarded numerous accolades for her work, including several BAFTAs. Most recently Ruth was honoured by her peers with the prestigious Women in Film and TV’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

David Chikwe

Head of Development , Leopard Pictures

+44 (0)207 704 3300

DavidChikwe@leopardpictures.tv

Joining Argonon in 2007, David produced Missing (BBC1) and co-created the double RTS Award-winning Eve for CBBC.  David is passionate about storytellers in particular the rebels and outsiders – with diversity at the core of everything he does.

Rich Cook

SVP, Tough Cookie

+1 212 843 2821

RichardCook@leopardwest.com

Richard is an International Emmy and Rose d’Or-Nominated Executive Producer. His career has spanned genres including documentaries, factual entertainment, music, chat shows and live events. He has produced and directed the likes of Beyonce, Paul McCartney, Simon Cowell, Will Smith and Madonna amongst many others. His credits include Queen: Days of Our Lives (BBC), The Cruise Ship (ITV), T4, Popworld and Transmission (Channel 4), and in the branded world iTunes Music Festival, Red Bull Rivals and Nike Supersonic. Rich previously worked at Vice and is a voting member of BAFTA and the International Emmy Awards.

Toby Dormer

President, Remedy Canada

+1 604 723 3724

toby@remedyproductions.tv

Toby is President of Cascade, a company in which Argonon has invested. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Toby has an impressive track record and his credits include First Dates Canada, Cabin Truckers and My Floating Home.  He was among Broadcast Magazine’s ‘Hot Shots’ and named as a ‘Future 500’ business leader by The Observer newspaper. He is a keen snowboarder.

David Dugan

CEO, Windfall Films

+44 207 251 7676

dugan@windfallfilms.com

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.

Ian Duncan

Creative Director, Windfall Films

+44 207 251 7676

ian@windfallfilms.com

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.

Nick Godwin

Creative Director, BriteSpark Films

+44 207 704 3300

nickgodwin@britesparkfilms.com

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 Golding

Co-Creative Director

+44 207 704 3300

LucyGolding@barefacedtv.com

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.

Jazz Gowans

Managing Director, Transparent Television

+44 207 704 3320

jazz@transparenttelevision.com

A trained journalist, Jazz spent 10 years working for national newspapers and magazines. She founded Transparent Television in 2006. Her executive producer credits include My Daughter Amy, The Baby with a New Face and Botched Up Bodies. At home Jazz enjoys Danish drama, French wine and Indian Food.

Carlo Massarella

Creative Director, Windfall Films

+44 207 251 7676

carlo@windfallfilms.com

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.

Simon McKeown

Chief Creative Officer, Leopard USA

+1 917 210 0282

simonmckeown@leopardusa.com

Based in New York, Simon is a strong creative leader who has worked at the BBC, Objective, Wall To Wall, Love Productions, Sky, Nutopia, ZigZag and Eastern in the USA. His most notable hit was the UK ratings smash Benefits Street. He is executive producer of House Hunters International for HGTV and Big Beach Builds for DIY Network.

Derek McLean

Managing Director, Bandicoot

+44 207 704 3300

derek@bandicoot.tv

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.

Daniel Nettleton

Creative Director, Bandicoot

+44 207 704 3300

daniel@bandicoot.tv

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.

Cecilie Olson

Cecilie Olsen

Managing Director of Argonon international

Cecilie heads up the Argonon International Sales team. Before joining Argonon Cecilie worked at NBC Universal International Studios where she held the role of Director of Formats and Production and was responsible for scripted and unscripted format sales into several key European Territories.

 

Prior to NBC Universal, Cecilie was VP of Sales at Twofour, where she helped launch their distribution division. With over 15 years’ experience, she has previously held sales roles at Target Entertainment, Fox Sports International, Sullivan Entertainment and Broadcast magazine.

Kristian Smith

Chief Creative Officer for Leopard Pictures

+44 207 704 3300

KristianSmith@leopardpictures.tv

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.

Matt Tiffin

Head of Entertainment

+44 207 704 3324

matttiffin@remedyproductions.tv

Matt is responsible for Remedy’s Entertainment output. Before joining Remedy he held senior creative roles at NBCUniversal, Eyeworks, BBC Worldwide and BBC Entertainment, and produced numerous entertainment formats in the UK and USA. He has developed shows as diverse as The 21st Question (ITV), Walk on the Wildside (BBC1), Great American Road Trip (NBC) and Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands (Channel 4).

James Burstall

Joey Attawia

John Bertholon

Laura Bessell-Martin

Tom Blakeson

Juliet Borges

Rosie Bray

Jillian Brand

Ruth Caleb

David Chikwe

Rich Cook

Toby Dormer

David Dugan

Ian Duncan

Nick Godwin

Lucy Golding

Jazz Gowans

Carlo Massarella

Simon McKeown

Derek McLean

Daniel Nettleton

Cecilie Olson

Cecilie Olsen

Kristian Smith

Matt Tiffin