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Game of Thrones star sets BBC One drama

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington is set for a 17th century-set thriller drama based around the Gunpowder Plot for UK pubcaster the BBC. Harrington will star alongside Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake), Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) and Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings) in Gunpowder, which is for BBC One. Harington developed the series […]

Kudos exec transfers to Carnival

Another Kudos creative executive is leaving the Endemol Shine Group-owned UK drama label. Jo Strevens is joining NBCUniversal International Studios-owned Carnival Films as head of development, having held the same role at Humans prodco Kudos. Her exit closely follows that of Humans producer Chris Fry, who left Kudos to rejoin the prodco’s former boss, Jane […]

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 […]

Featherstone reunites with another Kudos exec

Jane Featherstone is reuniting with former Kudos colleague Naomi de Pear, who is launching a new production label within Sister Pictures. Featherstone and de Pear worked together at Endemol Shine Group-owned Kudos from 2012 until the former’s departure. Featherstone went on to launch Sister Pictures in January this year, and soon brought another key Kudos […]

Night Manager wins Emmy, prodco hires Wolkoff

The Night Manager scooped a second Emmy last night (Sunday), with Susanne Bier getting the best directing for a miniseries gong, as one of its coproducers brings in a new development chief. Victor Reyes had already scooped the best miniseries score award in the craft Emmys, which took place last week. The Ink Factory- and […]

Australia’s Seven buys UK drama prodco

Australian commercial broadcaster Seven Network has acquired a stake in British production company Slim Film + Television. The “major” shareholding expands Seven’s growing international production ranks. It already has a joint ventures in the UK, 7Wonder, and the US, 7Beyond, though these are primarily focused on unscripted and Slim hands the network a foothold in […]

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 […]

Elba, Ridley lead major Sky drama investment

Sky has commissioned six dramas that feature talent including Idris Elba, John Ridley, Julia Stiles, Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, in a major move underlining the European satcaster’s clout in the high-end originals space. Namely, the shows are Guerilla, Tin Star, Delicious, Riviera, Jamestown and The Last Dragonslayer. Actor Elba (Luther, The Wire) will co-star in […]

Pivot, BBCWW visit BBC One’s Capital

Buyers from the UK, Canada and Australasia have acquired BBC One drama Capital from FremantleMedia International. Participant Media-owned Pivot took the US rights, with Shaw buying them in Canada and BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm, taking them in Australia and New Zealand. Capital comes from writer Peter Bowker and producer Kudos, and is based […]

NBCU’s Working Title gets new UK boss

NBCUniversal-backed drama prodco Working Title Television UK has hired former Kudos prodcuer Andrew Woodhead as its new managing director. He fills a role vacated by Juliette Howell, whose exit from Working Title was announced last year. She has since created a new prodco with former Film4 chief Tessa Ross. Working Title is based in London […]