2006 - Present

Collingwood & Co.

Collingwood’s largest and most ambitious series The Secret Show – a super-cool quirky secret agent show for 7-12 year olds was also animated entirely in the company’s London studio on computer CelAction 2D. The series was a major commission from CBBC and BBC Worldwide in 2005-6.

The Secret Show is an original, comedy adventure series, created by Tony Collingwood. It’s about ‘secret people doing secret things’ and follows two U.Z.Z secret agents, Victor Volt and Anita Knight as they save the planet from assorted villains intent on world domination, including series regular, the evil Doctor Doctor.

Like Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! the series proved to be another successful collaboration with composer Roger Jackson, with Tony Collingwood and Andrea Tran co-directing.

The Secret Show premiered on CBBC in September 2006 with an initial run of 26 episodes within their flagship show TMi. The second season premiered in a dedicated slot in BBC2s new Saturday morning kids’ line-up in February 2007.

Re-packaged into half-hour blocks for the USA, The Secret Show premiered in January 2007 on Nicktoons Network.

Alongside the production of the series, the Collingwood creative team has also produced substantial new animation segments and special features for interactive DVDs released in 2007. Including three live-action mini-documentaries on the production process, original Outtakes/Gags, a Martian Dub, Character Profiles and Commentaries, plus a series of animated Professor Professor ‘totally untested and highly dangerous’ lectures.

In conjunction with BBC Worldwide and Penguin books, a range of storybooks, joke and activity books were also created for release in 2007. Furthermore, CBBC/BBC WW, with new media company Complete Control, the company created The Secret Show website, which won the BAFTA for Best Interactive in 2007. The same year the series also won the BAFTA for Best Animation.

2006 saw the end of Tony Collingwood and Christopher O’Hare’s long-standing business partnership, with Chris moving on to pursue personal projects. The Company however went on to receive its first BAFTA nomination for Best Independent Production Company; with a second nomination in 2011.

2007-8 was a time of intense programme development, including two live-action series Nincomproof and Jack & Me, within CBBC’s formal commissioning and development programme. Sadly, the projects were not ultimately taken into production. Nevertheless, development continued on new animation properties, including the adaptation for TV of a prestigious Dr Seuss property, based on Random House’s best selling Beginner Book collection, “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library”, which focuses on a curriculum of natural science.

2008-9 saw the start of production The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About That! bringing Seuss’ iconic character, The Cat in the Hat to TV for the very first time in an animated series.

Collingwood produced the 80 × 12-minute series with Canadian co-production partners Portfolio Entertainment, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse and PBS Kids and CiTV.

Cat is voiced by comedy veteran, Martin Short. Songs and original music for the series were created by Composer, David Schweitzer. Both of these amazing talents were recognised with Emmy nominations for Outstanding Original Song, and Outstanding Performer in an Animated Programme, respectively, in 2011. The Writing Team also won a Canadian Writers Guild Award for Best Script the same year. And in 2012 Cynopsis, awarded the Series gongs for Best TV Series and Best Song for a TV Series.

The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That! launched on PBS in the US, Treehouse in Canada CiTV in September 2010.

At the end of 2011 Collingwood received their second nomination for Best Independent Production Company.

During this busy time the Company also developed another TV project for Random House, Go, Dog. Go!, based on the best-selling PD Eastman book of the same name; as well as its own original TV format, a multiple-choice preschool series Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave! for CBeebies.

They also began production on a further 40 episodes of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, on which new partners included CBC in Canada.

A 1-hour Christmas Special, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas was also produced in 2011-12 in which Cat and his companions, Sally and Nick try to get Ralph, a young reindeer home to his family in time for Christmas.

The special premiered in the USA at Thanksgiving on PBS, and hit the big time with a primetime family tx on 23rd December 2012. Treehouse broadcast the special throughout December, including Christmas Day. CiTV’s plan to broadcast the special at Christmas 2013, following the premiere of Season II in the UK.

Development work continues both in-house, with the original comedy, action adventure series Thorgar, and on other third party projects.

The Company officially re-launched as Collingwood & Co. in the New Year of 2013.

Production began on Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave in Spring 2013 for CBeebies and US Channel, Sprout.