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Argonon acquires Transparent Television

Super-indie Argonon has added Transparent Television, the factual and documentary company behind Channel 5's Botched Up Bodies, to its stable. (Pictured L-R: Transparent's co-founders Jazz Gowans and Richard Hughes)
April 18, 2013

Super-indie Argonon has added Transparent Television, the factual and documentary company behind Channel 5′s Botched Up Bodies, to its stable.

The indie’s founders, Jazz Gowans (pictured above, left) and Richard Hughes (right), become shareholders in the Argonon group as part of the deal, which sees Argonon wholly acquire Transparent for an undisclosed amount.

Transparent will operate out of Argonon’s London headquarters, and have access to the super-indie’s infrastructure, as well as its expertize in exploiting the IP of the prodco’s docs across the globe. In addition, Transparent will launch in the U.S. through Argonon’s New York headquarters.

Transparent’s factual, doc and format output includes Great Northern Cookbook for Channel 5 in the UK, My Daughter Amy for Channel 4, and Restoration Roadshow for BBC2.

The addition of Transparent brings Argonon’s companies to 11, with Leopard Films, Argonon International, Leopard Films USA, Remedy and BriteSpark Films among the roster.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our strategic ambition for the group; to build a world-class center of excellence where the industry finest talents are given a platform to fulfill their creative ambitions,” said Argonon CEO James Burstall. “Our unique business model offers Transparent a stake in the future of the group, and creative license to build on their considerable successes, both in UK and international markets.”

“Since founding Transparent Television seven years ago, we’ve carved a niche for ourselves in talked about popular factual programming and are proud to have worked with every major UK broadcaster,” said Transparent’s Hughes. “We spent a year working closely with James and Argonon to make sure it was the right fit for both of us. What really appealed was the unique collaborative spirit within the group and the many exciting opportunities for us to grow and take Transparent to the next level.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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