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Extra: Argonon acquires branded content agency; Abacus Media Rights sells Frantic Films series

Argonon acquires Nemorin Film & Video UK- and U.S.-headquartered global production group Argonon, led by CEO James Burstall, has acquired UK-based branded content video agency Nemorin Film & Video. The deal brings Nemorin ...
December 8, 2020

Argonon acquires Nemorin Film & Video

UK- and U.S.-headquartered global production group Argonon, led by CEO James Burstall, has acquired UK-based branded content video agency Nemorin Film & Video.

The deal brings Nemorin founder and CEO Pete Fergusson and COO and content director Graham Hayday into the group.

Nemorin’s global client base ranges from Hugo Boss to McDonald’s, Amazon and American Express. The company joins Argonon’s six other production labels, covering genres including entertainment, factual and reality.

The acquisition is part of Argonon’s plans to grow its branded content business and chart a growth path out of the COVID-19 crisis by maintaining a pipeline of commissions through 2020 and into 2021.

Through the deal, Argonon stated it will access new revenue pipelines, including developing and creating original IP, third-party funding and coproductions.

The news follows the recent launch of Argonon USA, the appointment of a new chief creative officer of Leopard USA and the opening of a West Coast office.

Abacus Media Rights secures deals for Frantic Films titles

Canadian film and TV producer Frantic Films has secured a raft of international sales for its premium factual series High Maintenance and Killer in Plain Sight in deals brokered by UK-based distributor Abacus Media Rights.

High Maintenance (pictured; 8 x 60 minutes), originally produced for Smithsonian Channel, has been picked up by National Geographic Channel in Poland, Hungary, Romania and Asia; LRT in Lithuania; Discovery in the U.S. and Latin America; Koch Media in Germany; and Iberian sales house Luk Internacional S.A.

Meanwhile, the 52 x 30-minute true crime series Killer in Plain Sight, originally commissioned by Investigation Discovery, sold to Hulu in the U.S., Crime + Investigation in Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Alto Adige; and Koch Media for distribution across the UK, Malta, Gibraltar, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.

German sales house Palatin will license the show across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Alto Adige.

France TV Distribution reports global doc sales

France TV Distribution has secured sales for a number of documentaries.

Distributor Lighthouse Film picked up Wolf Walk, a docufilm directed by Jean-Michel Bertrand and produced by MC4 (1 x 88 minutes); while Hitler Takes On the West: 1940 (CC&C; 2 x 52 minutes), part of the ‘Apocalypse Collection,’ sold to RTBF in Belgium, SVT in Sweden, RTVE in Spain and DR Media in Denmark.

Additional sales were also made for other titles in the series. Apocalypse, WWII (CC&C/ECPAD; 6 x 52 minutes) sold to Greece’s ERT; and Apocalypse, Never Ending War: 1918-1926 (CC&C/Ideacom International Inc; 2 x 45 minutes) was picked up by Slovakia’s RTVS. Apocalypse, War of Worlds: 1945-1991 (CC&C/ECPAD/INA; 6 x 52 minutes) sold to  Flemish-speaking Belgian broadcaster Viewcom/VRT.

As well, seasons three of Pernel Media’s docuseries The Real War of Thrones (6 x 45 minutes) was acquired by ZDF in Germany and Kultura in Russia.

The Children of Terezin and the Mustachioed Monster (Artisans du film; 1 x 52 minutes), Operation Peter Pan: Exodus of Cuba’s Children (The Prod; 1 x 52 minutes) and By the Devil’s Grace (Injam Production; 1 x 52 minutes) will air in Finland on YLE.

By the Devil’s Grace was also picked up by Belgium’s RTBF, alongside The Girl in the Pictures: The Story Behind the Photo (Skopia Films; 1 x 52 minutes).

CESKA in the Czech Republic and Greece’s ERT have taken The Black Book documentary (Les Films du Poisson; 2 x 45 minutes/1 x 90 minutes). ERT additionally acquired The Ceausescu Trial: A Revolution Cut Short (Flach Film Production; 1 x 52 minutes).

Elsewhere, France TV Distribution inked deals for a number of science, discovery and nature documentaries.

Trees: a Global Superpower (Hauteville Productions; 2 x 45 minutes/1 x 90 minute) is being introduced into Germany, Spain, South Korea and China, via NTV/RTL Group, RTVE, KBS and CCTV respectively; while The Extreme Lands docuseries (Pernel Media; 6 x 52 minutes) sold to Servus TV in both Germany and Austria, Nat Geo in Asia, NHK in Japan and Slovakia’s RTVS.

NHK Enterprises picked up The Ghost of the Neolithic (TSVP; 1 x 90 minutes/1 x 52 minutes). The documentary will also air in Russia via Kultura, Spain via RTVE and the Baltics, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia & CIS and Scandinavia via Viasat World.

Al Jazeera has taken documentaries The Extreme LandsTrees: a Global Superpower and The Blue Zones of Longevity (La Famiglia; 4 x 52 minutes).

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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