Awen Media is a production company based in Caernarfon, North Wales, and established in 2013 by MD and Founder Gwion Owain to develop, produce, and co-produce, and finance innovative and compelling factual and factual entertainment programming for domestic and international broadcasters. In our first year of operation we have secured three commissions from S4C and have pioneered a groundbreaking co-production relationship between Wales and broadcasters in South Korea. Our co-produced feature length documentary 'Dagrau o Waed' (Tears of Blood) which tells the story of a POW interned in North Korea for 45 years and his eventual escape to the South is currently shortlisted by both the Royal Television Society and won a Bronze Medal. A second collaboration with JTV in South Korea saw the the production of RJT: Korea's Christian Missionary which tells the astonishing story of the arrival and emergence of christianity to the Korean peninsula. Our first commission for S4C 'Cymuned' (Community) a polemic presented by the author and historian Hywel Williams managed to secure a viewership 50% higher than expected for a factual programme in it's designated slot.
The vision for Awen is to build a highly respected production house around the origination, development, and financing of innovative feature length factual one-offs and series and innovative factual entertainment and formats and theatrical firm. Gwion's experience of business affairs, programme financing, and raising alternative finance for production and business development are strengths that he is keen to use to build a portfolio of returnable productions to Awen.
Prior to founding Awen, Gwion was MD and Founder of Anian Media which is a private sector consultancy sourcing funding and finance for independent television, film, and new media producers for production and business development. Anian was founded in late 2011 and rapidly built a strong and very enviable pipeline of clients and projects which included a number of the leading UK independent production houses such as Lime Pictures (Hollyoaks, Rocket's Island ), Fiction Factory (Hinterland ), Dartmouth Films, Maramedia, KEO Films (River Cottage series'), Bedlam Productions (The King's Speech), and October Films, well as start-ups in the media tech sector. In June 2013 Anian Media was acquired by the Compact Media Group.
Gwion's previous roles in the media industry have included CEO of TAC (Teledwyr Annibynnol Cymru - Welsh Independent Producers) the trade association representing the interests of the media production industry in Wales. TAC has a membership with a combined turnover of over £100m and includes the vast majority of companies delivering creative content in Wales. TAC has responsibility for maintaining and negotiating the industrial relations and business affairs framework for the sector with the relevant trade union bodies representing technical and production crew (BECTU) the actors and on-screen talent (Equity) as well as other creative talent including musicians and writers as well as maintaining Terms of Trade with broadcasters and dealing with regulatory matters with OFCOM. Prior to joining TAC Gwion was Head of Wales EU MEDIA representation which delivers all aspects of the European Union MEDIA Programme now subsumed under Creative Europe in Wales. The main focus was the delivery of development and co-production finance to media producers based in Wales and Gwion built an enviable reputation for securing opportunities for Wales based producers securing over £4m in direct development and production funds.
Awen Media Ltd . 36A Y Maes . Caernarfon . Gwynedd . LL55 2NN
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