Key Staff

Tony Collingwood

Creator, Writer, Director

Tony Collingwood produced his debut film RARG in 1988 and has gone on to adapt and direct numerous animated television series and specials for children. His credit list includes the specials The King’s Beard, Eddy & the Bear and Dr Suess’ Daisy Head-Mayzie, and high profile series including The Beano’s Dennis & Gnasher, Oscar’s Orchestra, Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!, The Secret Show and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Other series include Captain Zed & the Zee Zone, Gordon the Garden Gnome and Harry & His Bucket full of Dinosaurs.

Tony has won 6 BAFTAs across the writing and direction categories, winning Best Pre-School BAFTAs for Animal Stories, Eddy & the Bear and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! The Secret Show won two further BAFTAs in 2007 for Best Animation and Interactive. He was also awarded The Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Writing.

Helen Stroud

Producer/Head of Development

A graduate of Warwick University, Helen joined Collingwood as Head of Development in 1992, following 6-years as PA/Development Executive at Primetime/RPTA. As Producer and Head of Development, Helen currently oversees the development and creative production of all Collingwood programmes, from script/story editing to post-production. Other responsibilities include client liaison, talent management – writers, actors and composers – and ancillary rights.

Helen has taken a leading creative role in all Collingwood projects from Captain Zed & the Zee Zone, The Beano’s Dennis the Menace, Oscar’s Orchestra, Dr Seuss’ Daisy Head-Mayzie, The King’s Beard, Eddy & the Bear, Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!, Gordon the Garden Gnome, Harry & His Bucket full of Dinosaurs to The Secret Show and The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!

Sophie Grimwood

PA/Office Manager

Sophie is the welcoming face of Collingwoods and plays an important part in the company, supporting the production team, providing administrative support and being Tony’s PA.

In her role as Office Manager she ensures the studio runs smoothly and the building doesn’t fall down around us! Sophie has a creative background and graduated from UWE Bristol in 2011 after studying Animation. After graduating she followed a varied career path including teaching English in Asia, working in the luxury furniture and Interior design industries while joining Collingwood & Co in July 2016.

Jude Spencer

Production Co-Ordinator and Development Assistant

Jude graduated from Bournemouth University in 2007 after studying TV Production. She went on to work for both CBBC and CBeebies, putting her skills into practice in a number of roles from Production Secretary to Production Assistant and Co-ordinator. Jude joined Collingwood and Co in 2010, Production Co-ordinating 120 episodes and a one hour special of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, supporting the production team ensuring the production ran smoothly and on schedule.

As Development Assistant to Helen Stroud, Jude also works across casting, organising auditions, reading scripts and scouting for potential books to develop into animation series.