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“They all have a drive to keep living”

“They all have a drive to keep living”

Those of the age 100 and over – also called centenarians – used to be a rarity, with only pockets ever existing around the world at the same time. So how has this demographic quadrupled in the last 30 years, showing no signs of slowing down? In the next decade, it's yet again expected to double, meaning that this is no blip - we're on the cusp of a remarkable societal shift that by all accounts we are unprepared for.

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Wonder Woman: Is Sexism Still Present In Film and TV?

This week Charlize Theron told Variety "I am ashamed I'm part of an industry that has never allowed a woman to work with a budget higher than what the budget has been on Wonder Woman". The Oscar winning actress known for her tenacious roles in Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road, deplored the way the "cave man like" male dominated industry does not capitalise on the successes of female driven work.

Although Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, made 582 million world-wide and continues to break box office records globally, the superhero remake still echoes an air of old fashioned sexism where Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) is continually objectified by men throughout the film. It seems her appearance and effect on men plays a bigger part in her fight scenes than actually showcasing her out of this world skills.

This is not the first time recently that women have felt let down by sexism in the film industry.

Last week Michelle Rodriguez, star of the Fast And Furious films, has hinted that she may be forced to leave the franchise if the way women are represented in TV and film does not improve. The actor known for her tough-chick roles in Hollywood blockbusters spoke out after the release of the latest Fast and Furious film, F8, was released and in her opinion once again does not do the female characters justice.

On the contrary, French actress Marion Cottilard recently denied the existence of sexism in Hollywood and the need for feminism in the industry. In an interview with Porter magazine Cottilard stated "Film-making is not about gender. You cannot ask a president in a festival like Cannes to have, like, five movies directed by women and five by men. For me it doesn't create equality, it creates separation. I mean, I don't qualify myself as a feminist. We need to fight for women's rights but I don't want to separate women from men. We're separated already because we're not made the same and it's the difference that creates this energy in creation and love."

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The Craftsmen’s Dinner 2: A Celebration Of The UK’s Most Unique Craftsmen

"In the kitchen, craft is everything," Michel announces at the beginning of the second series of The Craftsmen's Dinner, Rogan Productions latest online series. Directed by Edward McGown, this five-part series follows Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. as he teams up with the Balvenie once again to tell the stories of people preserving craft methods in unexpected ways and places. Together, they travel the country to meet unique British craftsmen, to learn about their craft and what it is that makes their produce so special.

In order to truly understand the value and get a sense for the various crafts, Michel does not shy away from getting his hands dirty: from turning cheese in a tub with Wildes Cheese to bending Morgan Car Company wheel arches, Michel gets to experience first-hand the challenges and difficulties these crafts entail. 

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The Refugee Diaries – Watch our latest series on BBC Three

The Refugee Diaries – Watch our latest series on BBC Three

"I don't know if it's my right to be in the UK or not, but it's my right also to not be in Syria, it's my right to be in a safe place." 

- Thaer, 28, from Syria

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Waiting for Invasion – Watch our latest feature documentary on Al Jazeera HD at 8pm on 15th February 2017

Waiting for Invasion – Watch our latest feature documentary on Al Jazeera HD at 8pm on 15th February 2017

"This film is a timely reminder of just how much is at stake in Eastern Europe as tensions rise between Russia and the West. This is a story of innocence lost for a generation of young Europeans."

- James Rogan, executive producer

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2016 Highlights & Upcoming Films in 2017

It's been a busy year for Rogan Productions in 2016, with commissions from Channel 4, BBC & Al Jazeera, and a major online series with Michel Roux Jr. for The Balvenie. Next year is set to be another busy time as Rogan Productions moves into the drama sector with their first 90 minute feature with Channel 4, another online series and many more releases with major broadcasters. Find out more..

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One Night in 2012 - Repeat Broadcast on BBC Two at 00.15am on 9th December 2016

Our recent production with BBC Studios 'One Night in 2012' was broadcast earlier this year on BBC One. The programme will be replayed on BBC Two this week (Thursday night/Friday morning at 00.15am). Don't miss this Olympic Imagine special, which tells the creative story behind the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, including exclusive behind the scenes footage and interviews with the volunteers who helped make "The Greatest Show on Earth". Read more...

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We're looking for a talented freelance marketing professional to join our team!

Rogan Productions are looking for a talented freelance marketing professional to join their growing team on a part-time basis. Working closely with the Managing Director, the chosen candidate will be tasked with building a strategic marketing plan to develop the company brand and promote our upcoming films. This will include overseeing all aspects of PR, marketing and design and also working alongside the Brand Coordinator to develop a strategy for new business.

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The Gun Shop is available to watch on All 4 for 25 more days!

The Gun Shop received critical acclaim after airing on Channel 4 last week, and is now available to watch on All 4.

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How branded films are changing the way we connect with customers

As the impact of television ads is continuously decreasing, brands are looking for new ways to connect with their customers, and many of them are turning to branded films.​..
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The Asian Side of the Doc Festival: Producer Katie Hindley pitches in Bangkok

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The Gun Shop 'This week's most terrifying documentary' - The Observer

Our latest commission for Channel 4 The Gun Shop will air on Thursday 3rd November at 9pm - Named Critic's Choice & Documentary of the Week in reviews this weekRead more...
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MIPCOM navigates the new television landscape

MIPCOM was held this week, bringing together some of the leaders in the industry for conferences, meetings and screenings. Exploring MIPCOM's 2016 theme, "The New Television", many of the conferences over the four days covered the exciting increase in non-linear viewing and evolving content for online and mobile platforms.

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The Gun Shop - Watch our latest film on Channel 4 this November

"You know the firearm is an inanimate object. It doesn't have the ability to be moral or immoral, it's an amoral object. It doesn't have a will of its own. It's the person behind the gun that has that will." Dave Fulton, Freedom Firearms

Read all about our upcoming programme 'The Gun Shop', due to air on Channel 4 this November...

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Why are companies turning to branded content?

Only 4% of all forms of advertising and marketing is remembered positively, 7% is remembered negatively (!) and 89% isn't noticed or remembered at all. Consequently, many companies have turned to producing branded content. Nine out of ten companies world-wide are creating branded content and it is easy to understand why: Brand recall is 59% higher for branded content than for display and native ads and consumers are 14% more likely to look for additional content from a company after a single impression of branded content.​​ more
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We’ve launched our new website!

Our website has had a makeover! Find out more about all the new features that make it easier for you to browse through our portfolio of films and experience all our latest work.. continue reading

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The Confession is now available to buy and rent on iTunes

Our latest documentary featuring former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is now available to rent or buy on iTunes - Watch it here

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'A documentary of great clarity and gravitas' The Confession receives critical acclaim

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Our latest production 'The Confession', featuring former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, is due to have its theatrical release in cinemas across the UK this August!

Our latest production The Confession is about to have its theatrical release in cinemas across the UK. Moazzam Begg has experienced a generation of conflict. The Confession is is his first-hand account, a chronicle of the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror and the disastrous reaction of the West. 

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One Night in 2012 - Now available on BBC iPlayer & 2nd broadcast on BBC Four

After a highly successful broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 17th July, our latest production in collaboration with BBC Studios will have its second broadcast on BBC Four this Thursday at 22.00 (28th July, 2016). 

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