Diederick Santer


Exclusive: TF1 lines up for ITV thriller ‘Deep Water’

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has picked up ITV drama Deep Water, marking the UK thriller’s first international deal. The Endemol Shine International-distributed drama (6 x 60 minutes), which is to debut on ITV tonight (14 August), was adapted by Mrs. Wilson writer Anna Symon from the Windermere series of novels by Paula Daly. Set in […]

Diederick Santer to step down as Kudos CEO

Diederick Santer is to step down from his role as CEO at Endemol Shine prodco Kudos, after four years at the helm. Santer will be succeeded by Karen Wilson and Martin Haines, who will step up as joint managing directors. Wilson is currently chief creative officer and has been with the company since 2001, producing […]

Kudos appoints Wilson as first creative chief

Kudos has appointed its executive producer Karen Wilson as its first chief creative officer. In the newly created role, Wilson will work closely with CEO Diederick Santer and COO Martin Haines at the Endemol Shine UK-owned drama producer. She will transition with immediate effect. She will oversee the creative direction of the company as it […]

Humans producer joins Featherstone prodco

Humans producer Chris Fry is leaving Kudos to reunite with former boss Jane Featherstone at Sister Pictures. Fry has been appointed executive producer at Sister, which Featherstone established earlier this year. At Kudos, Fry produced AMC-Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans, which gave the UK broadcaster its best original drama ratings in 20 years. He also […]

Kudos backs Derek Wax drama prodco

Kudos executive producer Derek Wax has launched a UK-based drama prodco that will sit within the Endemol Shine Group. He will run Wild Mercury Productions independently, but benefit from the infrastructure of and be housed at his previous firm, Kudos, which is behind Humans, The Hour and recent BBC One effort Capital. Wild Mercury launched […]

Isaacs exits Kudos, reunites with Featherstone

Dan Isaacs (below left) is leaving his post as co-CEO of Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos to reunite with former production partner Jane Featherstone, who recently revealed her new indie. Isaacs’ co-chief executive Diederick Santer (below right) will now lead Kudos as its sole CEO, with Warner Bros Television Production UK group commercial and business affairs […]

Jane Featherstone creates new prodco

Former Kudos boss Jane Featherstone has unveiled her new production company, which is named Sister Pictures. Featherstone left Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos in spring last year after producing series such as Hustle, Broadchurch and The Tunnel. Joining Featherstone from her former firm is Katie Carpenter, who is named head of development at Sister. Carpenter was […]

Kudos in development rejig

Endemol Shine Group drama label Kudos has reshuffled its development team, with divisional head Naomi de Pear moving into a production role. Jo Strevens, who was story producer on Kudos-produced Sky/Canal+ coproduction The Tunnel: Sabotage, will replace de Pear as head of development. She has been with the UK-based Kudos since last year, and will […]

Featherstone’s Kudos replacements named

Diederick Santer and Dan Isaacs are jointly replacing Jane Featherstone at the top of Endemol Shine Group-owned drama label Kudos. Santer (left) moves across from his role as managing director of another ESG prodco, Lovely Day, while Isaacs (right) moves up from Kudos COO. They jointly take on the role of CEO, a position the […]