How it all began...
Three Arrows was born out of friendship. David and Jon had known each other for years whilst working on parallel career paths – David in the Indie sector and Jon working in-house at the BBC. In December 2015 they launched Three Arrows which has enabled them to pool their combined 35 years of experience, extensive contacts and shared passion for creating, developing and producing quality media content.
The primary aim of the content we make is to entertain and we want our output to have broad popular appeal. We are committed to delivering outstanding entertainment to audiences worldwide.
We create content that motivates, inspires and activates audiences. We want people to emotionally engage with what we make and to seek out additional ways to interact with it via other platforms.
Our content enriches audiences by encouraging curiosity, broadening horizons and opening minds to new possibilities.
Alongside our expertise as TV programme makers and developers we have acquired a range of valuable skills and contacts which relate to the commercial exploitation of content brands. Here are a few ways in which we can add more engagement and value to a project:
David devised and developed a brand extension for the High School Musical franchise – creating Club HSM: Make It Happen for Disney Channel. He was also a key member of the team that transformed the primetime gameshow, Fort Boyard, into a BAFTA nominated Kids series for Disney XD/CITV.
We have been involved in the planning and execution of digital content for the programmes we have developed or produced – these include apps, mini-games, iBooks, podcasts and websites.
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Jon has headed up the production of the last four CBeebies Christmas Productions which are created as theatrical productions and then recorded ‘as-live’ for TV. We are also creative consultants on the Swashbuckle Live Experiences which are being produced by SGA for CBeebies.
We have considerable experience working alongside brand management teams to create merchandising lines – from plush to pyjamas, puzzles to pogo sticks. We are currently working alongside licensing industry veteran Vickie O’Malley at Rockpool Licensing.
Many of our shows have resulted in fiction and non-fiction TV tie-in books and magazines. From Mister Maker to Mr Bloom’s Nursery to Tickety Toc, we know how to support a successful publishing programme.
Dominic was the COO at Children’s BBC who oversaw the creation of CBeebies Land at Alton Towers. Jon was part of the team that helped to transfer Mr Bloom’s Nursery to the attraction when it opened in 2014.
Why 'Three Arrows'?
Lots of people ask, so we thought we’d explain!
There are two friends in the Bible who have to think creatively and communicate with one another in code. Their idea is to fire three arrows into a field – deliberately aimed so that where they land conveys an important message. The account says that a young boy is then sent to collect the arrows to carry them home.
This story resonates with us because the two friends are called David and Jonathan. Like them, we want our creative ideas to carry meaning and value, and we hope our content will be found and treasured by children and families all over the world.
We also thought it sounded pretty cool!