Global superindie Argonon has launched Studio Leo, a factual indie label with former Hat Trick Productions executive Claire Collinson-Jones at the helm as chief creative officer.
Based in London, Studio Leo will focus its lens on the production of high quality popular factual content for a range of broadcasters, both as standalone projects and collaborations across the group.
At Hat Trick Productions, Collinson-Jones (pictured left) most recently held the title of head of factual and formats with responsibility for creating and delivering programs across ITV, ITVBe, Channel 5, Channel 4 and BBC2. Her past credits include the long-running Channel 5 hit format Rich House, Poor House and nine seasons of ITV’s Dinner Date, in addition to Channel 4′s Lost and Found and the original format for C5′s Rich Holiday, Poor Holiday.
Studio Leo’s first network commission comes in the form of the 3 x 60-minute series 101 Years of Tesco for Channel 5. The three-part docuseries charts the story of UK supermarket chain Tesco, from its humble beginnings as a miniscule market stall to Britain’s biggest supermarket.
The series is executive produced by Collinson-Jones and was commissioned by C5′s commissioning editor, Denise Seneviratne.
Studio Leo now serves as the eighth production company in the Argonon group, sitting alongside the likes of Leopard USA and Leopard Pictures in the UK; Bandicoot; BriteSpark Films; Windfall Films; and Like A Shot. In December 2020, Argonon acquired branded content producers Nemorin Film & Video.
“Leopards have always thrived in the engine of Argonon,” said Argonon CEO James Burstall in a statement. “Claire’s idea to create a new factual formats studio at the heart of the group just felt right. She is a gifted exec and is drawing together the strong heritage of the Leopard brand with a fresh new attitude.”
“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,” added Studio Leo’s Collinson-Jones. “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.”