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Today we hear from Argonon Group CEO James Burstall, Liz Layton, exec producer at the company’s New York-based produco Leopard USA, and Tom Porter, director of programmes at its UK outfit BriteSpark Films, about continuing to produce and win commissions during the pandemic. In addition, Cricko Akander, exec producer of Strix Sweden format The Farm, and Adam Barth, commercial director of distributor NENT Studios UK, discuss making the reality show under Covid-19 restrictions.

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London-headquartered Argonon Group has offices in Liverpool, Glasgow and New York and employs more than 200 staff in seven scripted and non-scripted production companies including The Masked Singer UK maker Bandicoot, Leopard USA and BrightSpark Films.

CEO James Burstall, plus Leopard USA exec producer Liz Layton and BrightSpark director of programmes Tom Porter, tell Inigo Alexander how the company acted swiftly to ensure it could continue producing during the pandemic and win new commissions, including a spin-off to overseas relocation docuseries House Hunters International for Discovery’s HGTV and a number of Covid-19-related current affairs shows for the UK’s Channel 4.

They also talk about the lessons learned from remote filming around the world and how these will feed into a more international approach for the company in future.

Classic Strix Sweden format The Farm is back up and running in Sweden and Norway, while distributor NENT Studios UK has secured deals for the show in Hungary and elsewhere during lockdown.

Executive producer Cricko Akander and Adam Barth, commercial director of NENT Studios UK, speak with Clive Whittingham about making the reality format with Covid-19 restrictions and selling it internationally with no TV markets to attend.

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