A number of UK indies have landed business in Asia after partnering with a new funding firm backed by Argonon.
The latter has created pan-Asian company The Bridge, which has secured £400,000 in funding from a variety of co-producers and funding agencies. It has helped Welsh indie Awen Media, The Indian Doctor producer Rondo Media and BriteSpark Films to win work.
Rondo and Awen are producing The Forgotten War for Korean broadcaster JTV and Welsh network S4C, which will examine the Welsh engagement in the Korean War.
Awen is also producing The RJ Thomas Story for S4C, which will highlight the work and life of Welsh missionary Robert Jermain Thomas, who is credited with introducing Christianity to South Korea.
Meanwhile, BriteSpark Films, a joint venture set up by Argonon and Nick Godwin, has received investment from The Bridge for a drama documentary about ancient elite armies, which it is making for an as-yet-undisclosed US cable network.
The latter two projects will be sold to Korean broadcasters and are likely to have Korean coproducers involved.
The Bridge was set up earlier this year by Argonon and Amanda Groom, an Australian who previously worked at Channel 4, Sony Pictures Television and Nat Geo.
It is designed to act as a conduit for English-speaking producers and broadcasters in Asia.
“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 all the advantages of my years of experience in Asia, combined with the global expertise of Argonon,” said managing director Groom.
Argonon chief executive James Burstall 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. “It means that more projects of scale will get made thanks to international partnerships.”