Veteran producer Jago Lee and partner John Fothergill have opened a new shop dedicated to premium factual: Telltale. The partners say the new London-based production company will launch with a slate of “thrilling” factual content in audio, TV and film, in the genres of crime, history and adventure.
The prodco launches with the benefit of an exclusive first-look agreement with Antica Productions (The Revisionaries with Michelle Romanow, Madness of Two) – as part of a lead minority investment from the Toronto studio. Lee has previously worked with Antica on projects such as the podcast Art Bust, presented by noted British art critic Ben Lewis. That could explain Telltale’s audio-first approach at launch.
Lee arrives as a seasoned producer and creative director with roles at Tiger Aspect, Antenna Pictures and Nerd TV – which he co-founded with Charlie Parsons and John Farrar.
Fothergill, meanwhile, brings his business background to the venture – including more than a decade spent at Goldman Sachs launching multiple ventures for the bank.
The duo also benefits from well-developed pre-launch partnership agreements and a network of collaborators, including former Red Arrow president and co-CEO James Baker, who chairs the company’s board.
“We love telling complex, characterful, original stories and we know these are treasured by audiences,” Lee said in a statement. “They’re also, of course, the most challenging series to develop straight into the TV market. Telltale will take a platform agnostic approach – producing the thrilling stories we love in audio first, then evolving them into the TV and film worlds.”