Peter Higgins, Sue James and Chris Pye are the main creative forces behind Cooil Creative. We create TV formats, scripts, treatments and content for TV game shows, factual entertainment programmes, films, booklets and digital presentations, including training videos, commercial presentations and digital media. We also produce animated film and digital art for all of the above.
Our first television show was a game show format, "Just My Luck," which was optioned by Sony Pictures Television International. The show was then developed into a prime-time game show called "C'est quoi ce jeu," which ran for 25 episodes on Canal Plus in France.
We have since sold options to a number of UK and international production companies, including Sony Pictures Television International, Celador International, World of Wonder UK, 2waytraffic, North One and CBS of America.
We have worked as creative consultants, helping to develop in-house shows for Celador International, 2waytraffic and Mighty Fine Productions and we have developed original shows with Pye Media, Alchemy, NBC Universal and Peacock Productions.
Cooil have had a number of scripted projects optioned by producers in Europe and in The States. We work with leading development teams on scripted comedy and drama for both TV and film and work with distributors and agents in developing these projects.
In 2010, after taking time out to care for a loved one, we became involved in a company called, "A Sense of Calm," producing the artwork and animation for sensory DVDs that are designed to stimulate the senses and help people to relax. They work on just about everyone, but are especially useful for those who have underlying medical conditions that make them sensory defensive.
We have in-house graphics and digital art departments, so we can construct animated presentations, or story boards, for our own in-house projects and for third party media and commercial ideas that benefit from visual presentation.
Chris Pye began his career at Granada Television, before moving to Los Angeles where he produced and wrote 1000 hours of television, including five series of 'Unsolved Mysteries' for NBC, which was nominated for 3 Emmy awards. On returning to the UK, he became the Head of Entertainment at the BBC, before becoming Head of Commercial and Business Affairs, setting up BBC America and sitting on the Board of BBC Worldwide. After a period as Head of Worldwide Formats for Sony Television International, Chris became the Chairman and Deputy CEO of 2waytraffic, the company that acquired "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire". Chris is currently chairman of Imagine Nation, a Dutch stage, event and film exploitation company, as well as a number of UK media companies, including About Corporate Finance and DRG.