Key Staff

Tony Collingwood

Creator, Writer, Director, MD

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 and the creation of Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave.

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, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Tales From No Such Town and Ruff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave.