The Bridge secures Korean funding for three UK copros

Argonon Media Group-backed company The Bridge, which locates coproduction funding from South Korea for UK indies, has secured more than £400,000 (US$678,400) in investments for three projects.
May 9, 2014

Argonon Media Group-backed company The Bridge, which locates coproduction funding from South Korea for UK indies, has secured more than £400,000 (US$678,400) in investments for three projects.

One-hour special The R.J Thomas Story introduces audiences to Welsh missionary Robert Jermain Thomas, who is credited with introducing Christianity to South Korea, and will be made by Wales’ Awen Media for Welsh pubcaster S4C.

Meanwhile, The Forgotten War (2 x 60 minutes) - which explores Welsh engagement in the Korean War – will be made in two parts by Awen Media and Rondo Media for the UK’s Welsh language channel and South Korea’s JTV.

Finally, Argonon prodco BriteSpark Films will make a docudrama series about ancient elite armies alongside an as-yet-unannounced U.S. cable net.

The funding was secured after a months-long consultation process that aimed to select the best proposals for the Korean TV market. These proposals were then taken forward by The Bridge and its South Korean partners in order to secure the co-pro funding.

“My ambition is to ensure that The Bridge offers all English-speaking producers a unique opportunity to tap into all that the Asian production market offers, bringing to all the advantages of my years of experience in Asia combined with the global expertise of Argonon,” said Amanda Groom, MD and founder of The Bridge, in a statement.

James Burstall, CEO of Argonon, added: “The world is getting smaller and ambitions for world-class content are getting bigger, so it made sense for Argonon to back The Bridge as it aligns with our global strategy.

“Amanda and her team have deep relationships across Asia and Australasia and they are demonstrating that it is possible to now connect the dots and raise significant finance,” he added. “It means that more projects of scale will get made thanks to international partnerships.”

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