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Argonon, the growing TV “superindie,” whose array of companies across the U.K. and U.S. includes Leopard USA (House Hunters International), BriteSpark Films (Dispatches) and Windfall Films (Unearthed), has launched a new factual indie.
Studio Leo is being headed up by former Hat Trick Productions’ Claire Collinson-Jones, who takes the role of chief creative officer. Based in London, Studio Leo will focus on factual content for a range of broadcasters, both as standalone projects and collaborations across the group. Its first commission is the three-part series 101 Years of Tesco for British network Channel 5, owned by ViacomCBS.
“Claire’s idea to create a new factual formats studio at the heart of the Group just felt right,” said Argonon CEO James Burstall. “She is a gifted exec and is drawing together the strong heritage of the Leopard brand with a fresh new attitude. She is also helping us further converge our group with inter-company co-productions across U.K. and U.S., genres and brands. Talent is king at Argonon and we are delighted Claire has joined us.”
Added Collinson-Jones: “As a truly independent group, Argonon offers both the creative freedom to develop a slate of popular factual series and exciting collaboration possibilities on both sides of the Atlantic. Studio Leo has a diverse range of ideas in development from documentaries to features, purpose-driven formats and factual entertainment. I’m looking forward to creating innovative, engaging content for broadcasters, networks and platforms.”
Studio Leo becomes the eighth production company under Argonon’s umbrella.
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