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 […]

France’s TF1 delves into Kudos drama ‘Deadwater Fell’

TF1 France has picked up the UK psychological drama Deadwater Fell for broadcast. Produced by London-based Kudos, part of the Endemol Shine Group, the four-part series originally premiered on Channel 4 at the start of this year. Created and written by Grantchester scribe Daisy Coulam, the series stars David Tennant (Broadchurch) as a doctor in […]

Show of the week: Deadwater Fell

Good Omens star David Tennant and The Good Fight’s Cush Jumbo lead the cast for Channel 4’s Deadwater Fell, a moody Scotland-shot drama about a murder that shakes a small town to its core. The Kudos-produced psychological thriller (4 x 60 minutes) centres on an entire family that is murdered by someone they know, ultimately […]

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 […]

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