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Chikwe behind new Argonon drama indie Blacklisted

Chikwe behind new Argonon drama indie Blacklisted
Pippa Considine
23 January 2014

Argonon is behind a new drama indie, Blacklisted Films, founded by former Leopardrama development producer David Chikwe.

A joint venture headquartered in London, the new company will sit alongside existing companies including drama division Leopardrama under the Argonon umbrella.

Blacklisted launches with a number of drama projects in development including Living Well, an online sit-com about a male-to-female transsexual from writer Steve Keyworth; The Willows, a psychological thriller from writer Stephen Volk and coming-out drama Forward by Stephen Laughton.

David Chikwe has worked at Leopardrama since 2007 and will continue to produce current Leopardrama feature projects Danny La Rue and Mother of Sorrows, as well as associate produce on the CBBC-commissioned children’s drama Eve which he co-created. His producer credits include Missing (BBC One) and theatrical release The Holding (Lionsgate).

Chikwe will be supported by executive producer Joey Attawia (An Englishman in New York).
David Chikwe said: “Blacklisted looks to work in a space that’s off the beaten track, both in genre and talent terms, but always keeping an eye on how a proposition can cross-over and capture a mainstream audience. I want to empower writers and give them control over their creations and take advantage of new funding models to drive projects forward. Our approach is why wait until you’re 'commissioned' to start creating content? Deciding the best platform for each project will be shaped by both the story and the audience.”

Ceo of Argonon, James Burstall, said: “Blacklisted Films will complement our existing businesses and help drive our ambition to create and distribute content in non-traditional ways and across multiple platforms. David is a talented creative and I’m confident that this new venture will prove a success.”

Blacklisted Films joins a raft of production companies under the Argonon umbrella including London-based producers Leopard Films, Transparent Television, Remedy Productions and Leopardrama;New York-based Leopard USA; Vancouver-based Remedy Canada; and joint venture BriteSpark Films operating across both UK and North American markets.

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