Launched in early 2013 as a joint venture between award winning film maker and executive producer Nick Godwin and Argonon media, BriteSpark Films has grown to become one of Britain’s leading producers of factual television. Our slate encompasses a wide range of programming from premium factual such as Downfall of A Porn King (C4) and The Prince and The Paedophile (C4) to high volume returners World’s Most Scenic Railways (C5) and Engineering Catastrophes (Discovery Science).
Early successes included the long running franchise Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords for Channel (C5) – shown all over the world including Netflix – and Diamond Geezers and Gold Dealers (ITV1) which explored London’s secretive jewellery quarter Hatton Garden for the first time on TV.
Telling powerful crime stories remains a core part of our slate and we are experts in high end drama reconstruction. We have made a number of series for Investigation Discovery in the US, including Welcome to Murdertown. Closer to home we produced Left for Dead (C5) and Manchester’s Serial Killer? (C4). We are also proud of creating innovative factual formats like Banged Up Teens (C4), winner of a Content Innovation Award.
From the start, our vision has been international and we have expertise in co-productions and innovative ways of financing projects, leading to series such as Hunting Nazi Treasure – made in partnership with Canada’s Saloon Media for More 4, History Canada and AHC, which was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards.
In 2018 Argonon took full ownership of BriteSpark providing investment for us to grow further. The following year, former Bafta and Emmy award winning Channel 4 commissioning editor Tom Porter – who commissioned across Current Affairs and Specialist Factual – joined BriteSpark as Director of Programmes. Tom has grown the slate to include hard hitting journalistic investigations such as Jeremy Kyle: TV on Trial (C4) and Royals For Hire, (C4). He has also furthered our push into popular factual with the launch of the World’s Most Scenic brand (for FIVE) and other high-end documentaries.
We pride ourselves in creating an inclusive, collegiate culture at BriteSpark where everyone is valued, and we are especially proud when we are able to offer people their very first job in television. Moreover, for us it is essential that we treat those people who appear in our programmes with respect and care.