Kudos


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 […]

Sky, Canal+ pick through Debris with Tunnel 2

European pay TV players Sky and Canal+ are joining forces to make another series of The Tunnel, the English-French adaptation of Scandi noir series The Bridge. The Tunnel 2: Debris will be produced by Endemol Shine-owned UK prodco Kudos and Shine France for Canal+ and Sky Atlantic. The series will follow an English and French detective […]

Robinson out as Endemol Shine reveals UK team

Tim Robinson is leaving the Endemol Shine Group as the mega-indie this morning revealed its UK management team. Early indications were that Robinson, previously Shine Group’s COO, was negotiating what one source described as a “top international role”, but this has not come to pass. He will exit in the spring. The news came concurrently […]

Featherstone, Conrad exit Shine

Prolific drama producer Jane Featherstone is leaving Shine Group as its merges with Endemol and Core Media. Henrietta Conrad is also exiting Kudos stablemate Princess Productions. Shine is now operating as Endemol Shine Group following regulatory clearance granted at the back end of last year. Featherstone (pictured) is credited with successful dramas such as Broadchurch, […]

Fox leaves Gracepoint

US broadcast network Fox has cancelled crime drama Gracepoint after one season. The show failed to gain the same traction as Broadchurch, the high-rating and critically acclaimed UK show upon which it was based. Following middling ratings during its 10-episode run, Fox has pulled the trigger and cancelled the show, which follows David Tennant (Doctor […]

DreamWorks sale talks ‘stall’

Discussions that may see Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation sold to Japan’s SoftBank Corp. have “cooled”, according to the Wall Street Journal. This week it emerged SoftBank, a giant Japanese conglomerate, had offered DreamWorks US$32 a share to acquire the business for a total of around US$3.4 billion. However, the WSJ reported these talks have now […]

Canadian, Oz buyers reach Gracepoint

Canada’s Global TV and Australian pay TV provider Foxel have acquired Gracepoint, the US remake of British crime drama Broadchurch. In Canada, the show will share Fox’s US premiere on Thursday, October 2, while in Australia it will go day-and-date the following day on the NBCUniversal-owned Universal Channel. The 10-part series comes from Shine America, […]

Shine has Parti to nurture Asian talent

Shine Group drama prodco Kudos Film & TV will work with indie Parti Productions to nurture Asian talent and develop Asian-themed scripted shows. As part of an exclusive first-look coproduction deal that Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone and Parti’s founder Nishi Parti brokered, the pair will seek to develop and produce TV dramas for the UK […]

Channel 4, Xbox to adapt Swedish sci-fi

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios are readying Humans, a sci-fi series based on an SVT drama from Sweden. The deal will see Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) writing English-language scripts based on SVT’s drama Real Humans. The 8x60mins series will launch in UK on Channel 4 and on the Xbox […]

Kudos co-founder Garrett to exit

Shine Group’s UK drama producer Kudos will say goodbye to its co-founder and chairman later this year. Stephen Garrett will step down from the Life on Mars and Spooks prodco more than two decades after co-founding it. In his other role as executive chairman of movie producer Shine Pictures, Garrett is currently working on crime […]