‘Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight inks Kudos first-look deal, sets new BBC drama

Banijay-owned UK prodco Kudos has signed a first-look deal with Steven Knight, the creator of Peaky Blinders and the firm’s upcoming wartime series SAS: Rogue Heroes. Under the agreement, Deadwater Fell and Grantchester producer Kudos gets the first look on future UK based projects originated by Knight. Local pubcaster the BBC has already ordered six-part […]

Canal+ acquires Steven Knight’s wartime drama ‘Rogue Heroes’

France’s Canal+ has acquired six-part wartime drama Rogue Heroes, from distributor Banijay Rights. The series will be broadcast on Canal+ in France and for all Canal+ territories around the world in late 2022. The agreement, which was struck at MIPTV this week, follows MGM-owned network Epix’s acquisition of the drama for the US in November […]

Banijay’s Kudos buys into podcasts with What’s The Story? investment

Banijay’s UK producer Kudos has taken a 25% stake in podcast company, What’s the Story?. The investment follows Kudos’s first-look deal with the company signed a year ago, which has led to new scripted ideas, for both TV and audio, going into development. What’s the Story? is led by ex-TV producers Darrell Brown and Sophie […]

News round-up: Kudos hires for finance; C4 creates 15k industry opportunities; ‘Ernest and Célestine’ pre-sales

Kudos hires StudioCanal alum for finance Kudos has appointed James Forde, the former COO and CFO of StudioCanal, as its new finance director with immediate effect, Reporting to Kudos joint-MD Martin Haines, Forde will lead the Kudos finance team, creating an operational infrastructure to service Kudos and Wild Mercury productions. Taking responsibility for financial management, reporting, governance and the […]

Epix picks up UK drama ‘SAS: Rogue Heroes’ from ‘Peaky Blinders’ scribe Steven Knight

MGM-owned US network Epix has acquired six-part wartime drama SAS: Rogue Heroes, in the first international deal for the show from distributor Banijay Rights. Produced by Banijay UK label Kudos and Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s indie Nebulastar for UK pubcaster the BBC, the series is a dramatised account of how British special forces unit, […]

BritBox hires former Kudos CEO & BBC alum Diederick Santer as creative chief

Global streamer BritBox has appointed former Kudos CEO Diederick Santer to the newly created role of chief creative officer. Santer will join the BBC Studios (BBCS) and ITV joint-venture streamer in September and will oversee all aspects of programming on the SVOD service globally, including commissioning and acquisition across all genres and for all markets […]

Amazon cancels conspiracy thriller ‘Utopia’ after one season

Amazon has cancelled conspiracy thriller Utopia after just one season. The show, which was a straight-to-series adaptation of the British drama of the same name, was written and showrun by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, and premiered on Amazon Prime Video in September. The story follows a group of comic book-obsessed young adults […]

Kudos, ‘Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight unveils music drama

Banijay-owned UK prodco Kudos is developing a new drama series to be penned by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, about the ‘Two Tone’ music scene. The series, which will be produced by Kudos in association with Kudos North and Yesterday producers Matthew James Wilkinson and Nick Angel, will tell the story of how Two Tone exploded out of […]

HBO Max extends acquisition spree with UK comedy ‘Two Weeks To Live’

WarnerMedia’s US streamer HBO Max has taken exclusive streaming rights to British dark comedy Two Weeks To Live. The 6 x 30-minute show, which will launch on the US service on 5 November, is produced by Banijay-owned UK prodco Kudos and is currently airing on Sky. The story tracks an early 20-something oddball who, since the […]

TBI In Conversation: Building an American ‘Utopia’ with Sharon Levy

TBI’s Mark Layton speaks to Sharon Levy, president of unscripted and scripted programming at Endemol Shine North America, about upcoming thriller Utopia, ahead of the series launch this week. While some scripted TV execs might have been tempted to hog the glory for getting John Cusack onboard his first drama series role, Sharon Levy is […]

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