Independent London-based prodco Argonon has announced a new joint venture to launch Barefaced TV, a production company devoted to factual entertainment and features formats for Britain and global broadcasters.
Barefaced will be led by Lucy Golding (pictured, left) Rosie Bray (right), who together have three decades of experience across production and development.
Golding and Bray most recently worked as heads of factual entertainment for NBCUniversal’s development unit, Tellycopter, where they worked with international sales to secure two European format commissions, Wedlocked and Meet Me Halfway.
The duo met in 2008 on BBC3′s Snog, Marry, Avoid? at Endemol, where they developed it into a format that ran for five years with versions in Germany, Russia, Italy, Holland and the U.S. During their time on the show, they also secured a BBC3 series commission for Remarkable—part of Endemol—Working Girls.
Argonon has also launched a fourth joint venture, Bandicoot — a multi-genre production company founded by Derek McLean and Daniel Nettleton.
Prior to starting Bandicoot, McLean was executive vice-president and head of non-scripted of All3Media’s, Lime Pictures, where he managed all non-scripted output across U.S. and UK portfolios. He oversaw BAFTA Award-winning The Only Way Is Essex and MTV’s Geordie Shore as well as overseeing the expansion of Lime’s programming slate, including Educating Joey Essex and Celebs Go Dating. His U.S. titles include Bravo’s Emmy Award-winning The Singles Project, which McLean co-developed and executive produced, Bravo’s Workout New York and the forthcoming Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey.
Nettleton was previously at NBCUniversal, where he spent the past six years at various labels in the roles of head of development and head of entertainment, securing commissions on major networks.
Bandicoot will bring together McLean and Nettleton’s collective experience in reality, factual, formats and comedy in one label.