Scout Productions, the outfit behind Netflix’s Queer Eye and HBO Max’s Legendary, is extending its unscripted programming slate with the launch of a documentary division.
Borne of co-founders David Collins and Michael Williams work with Errol Morris, which ultimately won Williams an Oscar for The Fog of War in 2004, the unit will take Scout back to its roots with Joel Chiodi (pictured), SVP of strategic development, overseeing the day to day content development and production.
Chiodi will report to Rob Eric, Scout’s chief creative officer.
The company is developing and pitching a robust slate of documentary programming including a music-focused project with director Ian Bonhote (McQueen), his producing partner Andee Ryder, Peter Ettedgui and Misfits Entertainment; a tongue in cheek look at the candy industry; a deep dive into the self-help world with journalist Nile Cappello; and a project with director Tommy Avallone (The Bill Murray Stories).
Scout’s upcoming documentaries include Equal, a four-part series for HBO Max that chronicles the fight for LGBTQ rights pre-Stonewall; and Quibi’s Get Real, a series that highlights the best and worst of reality television’s impact on society throughout its 30-year history.
“Digging into the legacy and history of Equal has inspired us to return to our roots. Scout’s authentic, point-of-view storytelling is a perfect fit for the documentary space whether we are talking about the world of music or taking a closer look at the history of our collective obsession with reality TV,” stated Williams.
Chiodi serves as an executive producer on Equal, a consulting producer on Legendary and is part of the team that worked on Queer Eye.
The executive has spent the last 25 years in media and marketing. As a consultant, he has worked on projects for Demi Lovato, Freemantle, Instagram and Facebook.
In theatrical marketing he worked on the campaigns for Pacific Rim and 42 at Legendary Pictures, and also ran the comics group and pivoted Legendary into a consumer facing brand. His work in television includes launching the NFL RedZone Channel and Thursday Night Football while at NFL Media, and growing the E! and GSN networks.