To mark the launch of Kudos North we want to cement our commitment to the area by investing in two writers based in or who have a robust relationship with the North of England. We are looking for writers with the strongest potential to develop original television content. For this opportunity we are asking writers with at least one produced credit to apply – that could be a theatre play, a radio drama, a commissioned online drama episode, a commissioned film or a credit(s) on a continuing drama. In other words if you are yet to have an original TV Drama produced we want to hear from you.
The two successful writers will each be awarded £2000 to develop an idea to be pitched initially to the BBC and potentially other broadcasters. We will also team them up with top writing mentors from the area including Danny Brocklehurst and Stephen Butchard. Over a six month period the writers will meet with their mentors whilst they develop their original ideas with the Development Producer at Kudos North – Laura Conway.
For more details and entry information, head over to the BBC Writersroom page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/kudos-north
We are delighted to announce that Kudos will be rolling out an industry leading carbon reduction programme on all of our productions. For every episode of television that Kudos produces we will fund the planting of 320 trees as we look to help rebalance our carbon-heavy industry and our own carbon footprint. This will be done via a flat rate green levy in each of our production budgets going forward.
The scheme will be administered by Deputy Head of Production Ben Holt.
We’ve selected two native woodland planting schemes in the UK, both underpinned by the Woodland Carbon Code. One in Carmarthenshire, Wales and the other in the Scottish Borders.
The Scottish Borders scheme is a particularly exciting project that will plant more than 60,000 trees across approximately 38 hectares. The project has recently been developed to “re-wild” the farm where it is based, returning it to its natural state.
The Welsh project is over 15.5 hectares, planting approximately 39,000 trees of native broadleaf woodland.
We are also looking for an English scheme to back so we can truly cover the length and breadth of the British Isles.
We look forward to updating everyone with tree lined pictures of our very own Kudos wood!
Man in an Orange Shirt took home the Excellence Award for Representation of LGBTQ: Scripted at the Diversify TV Awards, which were held last night in Cannes.
To qualify for the awards, TV shows have to reflect race and ethnicity, LGBTQ or disabled communities and have aired on a linear or digital platform.
Kudos has 12 shows and performers across three different categories in the running for 2018's National Television Awards.
Broadchurch and Grantchester will compete for Crime Drama, while Apple Tree Yard and Humans are both in the mix for the Drama category.
In contention for Drama Performance are James Norton (Grantchester), Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch), Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard), Emily Berrington (Humans), David Tennant (Broadchurch), Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard), Robson Green (Grantchester) and Olivia Colman (Broadchurch).
Head over to https://www.nationaltvawards.com/ to vote!
We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Manchester-based sister company Kudos North, set up to uncover and tell authentic stories set outside of London.
Tin Star has been given a second season by Sky Atlantic, in the week before the Tim Roth series is due to air. Tin Star will be available this month in the UK on Sky Atlantic, and in the US on Amazon Prime.
Broadchurch 3 has picked up three wins at this year's TV Choice Awards, which are voted for by UK viewers. The ITV show won Best Drama Series, and Olivia Colman and David Tennant received Best Actress and Best Actor for their roles in the drama.
See the full list of winners at tvchoicemagazine.co.uk
The Tunnel: Sabotage has won the Edinburgh International Television Festival Award for Best International Co-Production at this year's event, beating competition including Kudos's own Humans.
Pictured are Kudos Executive Producers Manda Levin and Karen Wilson with the award.
Humans has taken the 2017 Broadcast Digital Award for Best Social Media and Digital Marketing Campaign. The 'Product Recall' campaign was designed by OMD for Channel 4, and supported the launch of season 2 of the Channel 4 series.
Amazon has taken the US rights to Tin Star, the upcoming thriller starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. It will play on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service later this year, after it debuts on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
Visit sky.com for more on Tin Star.
Robert Emms, Derek Riddell, Sian Webber, David Bamber, Kevin Eldon and Pedro Casablanc are also confirmed to appear in the series.
As previously announced, Kit Harington will star as Robert Catesby (the 30 year-old Warwickshire gentleman who was the driving force behind the gunpowder plot), alongside Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil, and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux.
Capital has been awarded the International Emmy for Best TV Movie / Mini Series, at the awards gala at the Hilton New York. Executive Producer Derek Wax and Director Euros Lyn (pictured, with Ben Rappaport) collected the award.
The BBC One series, adapted from John Lanchester's best selling book of the same name, was written by Peter Bowker and produced by Matt Strevens.
Flowers, The Tunnel: Sabotage, and River have been nominated in the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2016. Between them the series have received a total of six nominations, for editing, music, production design and sound.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by Sandi Toksvig, on Monday 28 November 2016 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
The full list of nominations can be viewed at rts.org.uk.
Julian Morris (New Girl, Felt), James McArdle (The Worricker Trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Joanna Vanderham (One of Us, The Go Between), Oliver Jackson Cohen (Mr Selfridge, Emerald City), and David Gyasi (Containment, Interstellar) star alongside Redgrave in the two-part drama which tells two love stories, 60 years apart - stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations.
The series will be directed by Michael Samuels (Any Human Heart), produced by Lisa Osborne (Little Dorrit) and made by Kudos for BBC One.
Flowers, which aired on Channel 4 this year and starred Julian Barratt and Olivia Colman, has been shortlised in the 2016 Mind Media Awards, which celebrate the best examples of reporting and portrayal of mental health in print, broadcast and digital media.
Read more at mind.org.uk.
In his first screen drama, best-selling British novelist Patrick Gale tells two gay love stories, 60 years apart - stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations.
Man In An Orange Shirt is a two-part drama produced by Kudos for BBC One.
Writer Patrick Gale says: "Man In An Orange Shirt is the most exciting screen project I’ve worked on to date. I don’t want to give too much away but after much experimenting, we’ve ended up with two hour-long films - one depicting a love story made impossible by pressures from society, one a love story nearly derailed by the long-term fallout from the 1940s story.
Kudos has been nominated for two awards at the Edinburgh International Television Festival this August: Best International Co-Production for Humans, and Production Company of the Year.
The full list of awards can be found at thetvfestival.com.
Kudos is to adapt Sathnam Sanghera’s critically acclaimed memoir of love, secrets and lies, The Boy With The Topknot, for BBC Two, in partnership with producer Nisha Parti's Parti Productions.
Set in Wolverhampton, the series will tell the humorous, touching and emotional story of a second-generation Indian growing up in Britain and how he juggles his family, love life and career.
The Boy With The Topknot will be adapted by Mick Ford and the executive producers are Diederick Santer for Kudos, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and Nisha Parti for Parti Productions.
Kudos and Humans have both won Televisual Magazine's Bulldog Awards: Best Independent Production Company for Kudos, and Best Drama Series for Humans.
The annual awards are voted for by members of the television production industry.
The full list of winners can be found at: televisual.com/bulldogs.
Kudos series have been nominated for three BAFTAs.
Humans has been nominated for Best Drama Series, and for the Radio Times Audience Award, which viewers can vote for at radiotimes.com.
Lesley Manville has been nominated for her role as Chrissie in River.
The full list of nominations can be viewed at bafta.org.
Humans and Broadchurch have been nominated for three BAFTA Television Craft Awards.
Broadchurch is in the running for Original Music, and Humans is nominated for Editing and Digital Creativity.
The full list of awards can be found at bafta.org.
Kudos has been ranked 3rd on the list of Best Places To Work in TV by Broadcast magazine.
Companies were graded by surveys of their staff on a series of benchmarking criteria, and grouped into eight areas, from leadership and planning to overall employee engagement.
The full list can be found at broadcastnow.co.uk (paywall).
Having operated as co-Chief Executive Officers for the last year, Diederick Santer will take up the role solely, with Dan Isaacs leaving to join new scripted start up Sister Pictures.
Going forward, Santer will be supported commercially in the role by Martin Haines, previously Director of Business and Commercial Affairs at Kudos between 2010 and 2013, who returns to Kudos as Chief Operating Officer.
Humans has been shortlisted for three Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, chosen by journalists who write about TV and radio.
The series has been nominated for Best Drama, and Gemma Chan has been nominated for Best Actress, and for the Breakthrough Award, for her role as Anita.
Winners will be announced on the 11th March. The full list of nominations can be found at advanced-television.com.
Stellan Skarsgård has won the Fipa d'or for Best Actor, for his role as John River in the BBC and Netflix series River.
Lead Director Richard Laxton collected the award on Stellan's behalf at the FIPA festival in Biarritz.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Temple to the role of Executive Producer.
He joins from Carnival where he worked as a Development Producer from 2014 after being the company’s Head of Development for two years.
Whilst Head of Development he managed Carnival’s development team and creatively oversaw its slate of drama projects: helping to develop, amongst others, the BAFTA winning two-part drama for ITV ‘The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies’. Before that he worked as Creative Executive, Drama and Comedy at NBC Universal International after five years at BBC Drama’s in-house team.
Phil will be joining Kudos on Monday 23rd November.
Lovely Day and Shine Pictures are to become part of Kudos. Lovely Day was founded with Kudos in 2010 as a label led by Diederick Santer, who in May this year was appointed Joint CEO of Kudos.
Forthcoming productions, such as Grantchester, will be produced under the Kudos banner. Shine Pictures’ Managing Director Ollie Madden is taking up an Executive Producer role within Kudos.
Also as a result of the changes Lovely Day’s Head of Development, Richard Cookson, becomes Senior Development Executive within Kudos and Shine Pictures’ Alice Pearse moves to the role of Development Executive.
David Farr's visceral retelling of the fall of Troy and the collapse of a family is to be produced by Kudos (Humans, Broadchurch) for BBC 1.
Thrilling and heart-breakingly intimate, Fall of a City is set to convey the big themes of human existence, horror and heroism, of people battling to retain their humanity and compassion amidst the chaos, devastation and destruction of war.
Troy: Fall of a City is commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Polly Hill for BBC One. Executive Producers are Derek Wax (Humans, Capital) and David Farr for Kudos and Matthew Read for the BBC. Casting details will follow in 2016.
Kudos has announced the first changes to the team since Daniel Isaacs and Diederick Santer took over as joint CEOs in May.
Humans producer Chris Fry has been promoted to executive producer. He will continue to work on the second series of Humans and will oversee development on new projects at Kudos.
Head of development Naomi de Pear will become a producer, with her first project being Channel 4 comedy drama Flowers. She will be replaced by The Tunnel story producer Jo Strevens, who first joined Kudos in 2014 from Hat Trick Productions.
Broadcurch took home two TV Choice Awards at last night's annual ceremony. The series was voted Best Drama and David Tennant won the title of Best Actor for his role as DI Alec Hardy.
Channel 4 and AMC have confirmed that the critically acclaimed series Humans has been recommissioned for a second series.
The first episode consolidated at 6.1m making it Channel 4’s highest rated originated drama in 20 years.
The series will return for eight brand new episodes, with production starting next year.
Humans has become Channel 4's biggest original drama in more than 20 years.
The consolidated audience for the opening episode was over 6.1 million viewers, a 23% share of the total viewing audience.
Humans is also Channel 4's highest rated show of the year overall.
The nominations have been announced for the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival Awards, with Kudos up for Production Company of the Year.
Results will be announced live at the Festival on 26 August.
See the full list of nominations at thetvfestival.com
Kudos has been awarded Best Independent Production Company in the annual Televisual magazine Bulldog Awards, as voted for by readers of the publication.
This is the 4th time Kudos has won the award since 2008.
The full list of awards can be seen at televisual.com/bulldogs.
Toby Jones (Marvellous, The Girl), Lesley Sharp (Scott And Bailey, The Shadow Line) Wunmi Mosaku (Dancing On The Edge, In The Flesh) and Adeel Akhtar (Utopia, Four Lions) are set to star in BAFTA-winning Peter Bowker’s adaptation of John Lanchester’s critically acclaimed and bestselling novel Capital, produced by Kudos for BBC One.
Set on a single street in South London, Capital is a portrait of a road transformed by soaring property prices: what was once the home of modest lower-middle class families, Pepys Road has been continuously gentrified into a street of multi-million pound houses.
One day, the street’s residents all receive an anonymous postcard through their front doors bearing a simple message: “We Want What You Have.” Who is behind the anonymous hate campaign? And what do they want?
Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, says: “It is wonderful to see such a stellar cast starring in Capital. They are sure to bring Peter Bowker’s stunning scripts to life in their portrayal of such funny, true and brilliant characters.
Kudos have announced the appointment of Diederick Santer and Dan Isaacs to the role of Joint Chief Executives.
Santer takes up the role from being Managing Director at Lovely Day, the label he established with Kudos in 2010 and most recently responsible for ITV hit series Grantchester, a second series of which goes into production later this year. Isaacs, who joined Kudos in 2003 steps up from his role as Chief Operating Officer, a position held since 2011.
The pair succeed Jane Featherstone, who announced she was stepping down from the role at the beginning of the year. In the new structure, Santer will lead creatively, and Isaacs commercially and all three will work on a handover through to May.
The Tunnel is to return to Sky Atlantic for a second series.
Sky’s adaptation of Scandinavian hit drama ‘The Bridge’, is one of Sky Atlantic’s biggest home-grown successes to date. Stars of the show, Stephen Dillane and Clemence Poesy will both return.
Broadchurch director Mike Barker and The Fall producer Julian Stevens will join the team for the second season, tentatively titled The Tunnel 2: Debris. The season, to be written by MI-5 scribe Ben Richards, will see the detective team investigate a mysterious plane crash in the English Channel between France and the U.K.
Jane Featherstone will step down in the spring as chief executive of Kudos, which is part of Endemol Shine, led by Sophie Turner Laing. Featherstone, who joined Kudos in 2000 as head of drama and has served as chief executive since 2011, will work with COO Dan Isaacs and the senior creative team at Kudos on a transition over the next few months before leaving in May.
In her time at Kudos, Featherstone has been responsible for bringing to air some of the U.K.’s most innovative and award-winning dramas, including “Spooks,” “Hustle,” “Life on Mars”,“The Hour”, “Utopia,” the first bilingual Anglo-French drama “The Tunnel,” and the multi-award winning “Broadchurch,” which has to date traveled to over 150 territories.
Featherstone said: “I have had the most extraordinary and rewarding 15 years at Kudos, in which time I’ve had the privilege to work with some of television’s most creative brains, gifted writers, directors, actors and craftspeople on what I believe are some of the best shows on telly.”
Kudos scooped six awards at the 2014 RTS Craft and Design Awards!
The Smoke won in both its nominated categories with awards for Best Special Effects and Best Sound for Drama.
The Tunnel also won in both its categories picking up awards for Original Title Music and Best Original Score.
Utopia completed the clean sweep picking up awards for Best Production Design and Best Photography.
ITV has confirmed the premiere details for Broadchurch's forthcoming second series.
The crime drama - which stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman - will return to screens on Monday, January 5.
The series will feature new cast members Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Meera Syal, Eve Myles and James D'Arcy – as well as returning stars Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan and Arthur Darvill.
Series One of Chris Chibnall's gripping murder mystery focused on a small coastal town in Dorset rocked by the mysterious death of 11-year-old Danny Latimer, as Alec (Tennant) and Ellie (Colman) tried to track down his killer.
An "imaginative and visually stunning narrative comedy about an eccentric family struggling to hold themselves together", the show will star Colman and Barratt as a wife and husband who are "barely together but yet to divorce".
Maurice is the author of a series of children's books titled The Grubbs, and Deborah is a music teacher. The pair live with his elderly mother, Hattie, and their twenty five year-old twins Amy and Donald in a "creaky, messy, crumbling old house".
Utopia won Best Drama Series and Stephen Dillane picked up the award for Best Actor for his role in The Tunnel at the 2014 International Emmys.
The ceremony was held in New York on Monday 24th November. You can see a full list of winners on the Emmys’ website.
William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s Whore, Mr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) will lead the cast of Humans – the ambitious new co-production from Channel 4, AMC and Kudos.
Humans will TX in 2015 on Channel 4 and AMC.
Kudos has nominees in three categories at this year’s International Emmys.
Olivia Colman is up for best actress for Broadchurch, Stephen Dillane is up for best actor for The Tunnel, and Utopia and The Tunnel are nominated for best drama.
The winners will be announced on 24th November.
Kudos have struck a new co-production deal with AMC, replacing the previous deal with X-Box, for the bold and ambitious drama series Humans, which starts filming this autumn.
Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences.
Humans (8 x 60’) will be made by Kudos in association with Matador Films (Real Humans) for broadcast on Channel 4 and AMC in 2015.
Executive Producers are Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax for Kudos and Henrik Widman and Lars Lundström for Matador Films. Chris Fry (The Smoke) will produce for Kudos. It is commissioned by Piers Wenger, Beth Willis and Simon Maxwell for Channel 4 and Kristin Jones and Joel Stillerman for AMC.
Humans is adapted by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), from ‘Real Humans’ the original Swedish production from Sveriges Television (SVT) and Matador Films, distribution will be handled by Shine International.
Kudos is developing drama projects told from a British Asian perspective after expanding a partnership with Parti Productions, owned by feature film producer Nisha Parti.
The companies are building on an existing deal to develop Sathnam Sanghera’s novel Marriage Material for the BBC, with plans to nurture Asian talent on and off screen and develop projects for UK and international broadcasters.
In addition to Marriage Material, which follows a Sikh family living in Wolverhampton in the 1960s, Nisha and Kudos are developing a TV adaptation of Sanghera’s The Boy With The Topknot, set in the Midlands town during the 1980s.
Kudos chief executive Jane Featherstone said that Nisha had a wealth of knowledge of film trends and a keen eye for fresh talent. “She has the ability to identify and conceptualise content that speaks to a diverse audience,” she added.
Nisha produced the Paddy Considine-fronted feature film Honour, directed by Shan Khan, earlier this year and worked as Indian creative consultant on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
She is currently developing feature films including the thriller Stray, Morwenna Banks-penned rom-com Maybe and India-set horror Darkness Visible written and directed by Neil Biswas.
Nisha said she was keen to cement a more official relationship with Kudos. “I hope to bring both my experience and established relationships with Asian talent to Kudos to help produce some really groundbreaking, original and commercial drama that has yet to be explored on British TV,” she said.
Peter Bowker is adapting John Lancester’s bestselling novel Capital for Kudos and BBC1.
It is a sharp and vivid drama about a London street transformed by soaring property prices. The story magnificently captures the mood of our age, with an unforgettable ensemble of diverse characters and a humane, incisive comic eye. It entwines stories of love, loss, wealth and envy in a city where appearances can be deceptive and money can't buy you happiness.
Speaking about the novel, Pete says, “[it] is about the way we live in modern cities, where poverty lives cheek by jowl with dazzling affluence and where tradition and modernity clash and coexist. It is both a mystery and a love story. The challenge has been to retain all those elements along with the spirit of the original - a kind of comic outrage - while using John's cast of fascinating, funny and disparate characters to explore our relationship with money."
John says, “I'm thrilled that Kudos Executive Producer Derek Wax and Peter Bowker are making Capital for the BBC. It's going to be very exciting and very strange to have something on the telly, rather than sitting on the sofa watching it.”
Capital is a 3 x 60’ drama series produced by Kudos for BBC1. Production will commence in 2015.
Broadchurch triumphed at the 2014 BAFTA Television Awards.
The show won Best Drama, while Olivia Colman was named Best Actress for her role as DS Ellie Miller and David Bradley won Best Supporting Actor.
Kudos has won three Bulldog Awards for 2014 as voted for by the readers of Televisual magazine.
Broadchurch won best Drama One-off or Serial, with Utopia coming in third place, and Broadchurch also won the award for best Music, with Utopia as runners up.
Kudos also won the award for the best Independent Production Company.
Ólafur Arnalds won the Best Original Music for Broadchurch at the BAFTA Craft Awards last night.
The Icelandic musician was up against Martin Phipps for Peaky Blinders, Mark Bradshaw for Top of the Lake and Paul Englishby for Luther.
You can download music from the Broadchurch soundtrack on Amazon or iTunes.
In addition to the BAFTA Craft nominations announced last month, Kudos has five nominations in this year’s BAFTA Television Awards.
Frances de la Tour is nominated for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for her role as Violet Crosby in the Brown Eyed Boy and Kudos comedy Vicious.
The remaining four nominations are for Broadchurch. The production is up for the Drama Series Award as well as the Radio Times Audience Award which is voted for by members of the public. Olivia Colman is up for Leading Actress for her role as DS Ellie Miller and David Bradley is up for Supporting Actor for his role as Jack Marshall.
BAFTA has a full list of nominations. The winners will be announced on Sunday 18th May 2014.
The Broadcasting Press Guild honoured Broadchurch with three awards at this year's ceremony. The show faced strong competition in all three categories.
It beat The Fall and Top of The Lake to win Best Drama Series.
Olivia Colman won Best Actress for her role as DS Ellie Miller. Her fellow nominees were Gillian Anderson (The Fall), Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) and Maxine Peake (The Village).
Broadchurch writer Chirs Chibnal won Best Writer. He too faced strong competition in his category from Jane Campion (Top of the Lake), Alan Cubitt (The Fall) and Sally Wainwright (The Last Tango in Halifax).
In addition to this, Sky Television won Best Multichannel Programme for The Tunnel.
Broadchurch and Utopia have a brilliant nine nominations between them in this year’s BAFATA Craft Awards.
Broadchurch has five nominations.
Director: Fiction – James Strong (Ep 1)
Editing: Fiction - Mike Jones (Ep 8)
Original Music – Olafur Arnalds
Production Design – Catrin Meredydd
Writer: Drama – Chris Chibnall
Utopia has a total of four nominations.
Director: Fiction – Marc Munden
Writer: Drama – Dennis Kelly
Photography and Lighting – Ole Birkeland
Digital Creativity – TH_NK
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 27 April.
Broadchurch saw more success last night when it took home two Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
Olivia Colman, who plays D.S. Ellie Miller, won in the Actor – Female category, beating Broadchurch co-star Jodie Whittaker and Sharon Rooney for Mad Fat Diary.
Broadchurch also won the Drama Serial award. It was up against In The Flesh and Top Of The Lake.
The ceremony took place at Grosvenor House, London, on Tuesday 18th March.
Broadchurch won Best Crime Programme at the 2014 TRIC Awards. It beat strong competition from Luther and Silent Witness.
Alison Barnett, Head of Production, and Ben Holt, Deputy Head of Production, accepted the award at the ceremony held by the Television and Radio Industry Club at Grosvenor House.
Kudos has a fantastic eight nominations in four categories of this year’s Bulldog Awards.
Broadchurch, The Tunnel and Utopia are all up for the Drama One-off or Serial award. As well as competing against each other, they face The Fall, Peaky Blinders and Top Of The Lake.
In the Music category, Olafur Arnalds’ soundtrack to Broadchurch and Cristobal Tapia De Veers’ score for Utopia have both earned nominations in the Music category.
Broadchurch DOP Matt Gray and Utopia DOP Ole Brat Birkeland have helped their respective productions earn places in the Cinematography category, and Kudos is also a nominee for Best Indie.
The Bulldog Awards are voted for by the UK production community and the winners will be announced in May. To vote visit Televisual.
Broadchurch, Utopia and The Tunnel have secured a remarkable seven nominations between them at this year’s Royal Televison Society Programme Awards.
Broadchurch is nominated in four categories:
Drama Serial – Broadchurch
Actor Female – Olivia Colman
Actor Female – Jodie Whittaker
Writer - Drama – Chris Chibnall
Utopia is nominated in two categories:
Drama Series – Utopia
Writer - Drama – Dennis Kelly
The Tunnel in nominated in one category
Best Actor - Male – Stephen Dillane
The Awards will be presented by comedian Tim Vine at a ceremony on Tuesday 18 March at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. A full list of nominees can be seen on the RTS website.
In October 2012 we ran our very first Kudos/Bush Initiative with The Bush Theatre. We took 12 emerging writers, writer/directors and took them on a journey of discovery into different ways of storytelling.
The writers were split into groups and challenged to look at the fastest growing mode of telling stories, the online space. In two days they had to collaboratively come up with a pitch for an online scripted drama series which could become part of Channel Flip’s “Multiverse” channel on YouTube.
Four ideas were developed during the Initiative and we decided to make two of them:
“The Shop” is a dark and twisted drama which imagines a world in which you could swap bodies with someone else for a fee. What happens if the person you swap with has murder in mind?
“That Thing That Happened” is a futuristic comedy drama about two workers and a gimp who get trapped together in their office when the world is taken over by an alien force.
These five minute drama were written, cast, filmed and edited over two months at the beginning of 2013.
Broadchurch won Best Drama Series and Best International Sales at the Broadcast Awards.
Broadcast says the judges were unanimous in their verdict of the awarding the Best Drama Series prize. One judge reportedly said, “The show was utterly flawless in every way.” Another called it, “A perfect piece of TV drama. Brilliantly acted and stunningly directed”.
Derek Watts (3 Mills Studios) presented the Best Drama Series Award to Chris Chibnall (Creator and Writer), Sam Hoyle (Script Executive), Ray Holman (Costume Designer), Joel Holmes (Locations Manager), Simone McAullay (Becca Fisher) and Joe Sims (Nige Carter).
The Shine International team collected the Best International Sales Award.
The ceremony was held at Grosvenor House on the 5 February 2014. Visit Broadcast for a full list of winners.
Broadchurch won the TV Drama Award at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, beating strong competition from The Fall and Top of the Lake.
Paul Abbott presented the prize to creator and writer Chris Chibnall at the ceremony. Speaking later on at the after party Jodie Whittaker said, "I feel woefully underqualified to be here. I'm just glad everyone loved the show as much as we did".
Highlights of the ceremony will be shown on Sky Arts at 9.30pm on Thursday 30th January. See pictures from the ceremony here.
Kudos made it into the Guardian’s Top 30 of TV in 2013 (that’s all TV, not just drama) with three shows.
Utopia made it to number three: “Big yellow holdall, salt and chilli eye-bath, queasy wub-wub soundtrack: just some of the ingredients that made Utopia, written by Dennis Kelly, one of the best, most original dramas of the year.”
In at number five is Broadchurch: “…Chibnall's script was crisply phrased and psychologically astute…”, and The Tunnel is at number 25: “…what's really selling The Tunnel for me is the humour, particularly between Karl and Elise.”
Broadchurch is already in four lists of the best television from 2013.
The Hollywood Reporter places it second only to Breaking Bad, saying, “Impressively concise and a perfect melding of place, plot and people. This murder mystery just gutted you at every turn, but the next episode couldn't come fast enough.”
The Huffington post rates it alongside productions including Borgen, Breaking Bad, Masters of Sex, Orange is the new Black and The Returned.
The Washington Post puts it at number six in its list of 2013 hits calling it, “Quite possibly the most morose-yet-mesmerizing summertime treat ever.”
iTunes named Broadchurch as Best Breakthrough in its Editor's Choice for TV Programmes in 2013.
Kudos is the first indie to win an Albert+ certificate for sustainability from the BBC.
Albert+ is a matrix that programme makers can use to measure the environmental sustainability of their production process. The scheme is running at the BBC and is a development of Albert, a carbon calculator designed to measure the impacts of TV and film production.
The Albert+ certificate for sustainability was awarded to Kudos for the combined effort of the Production Team on From There To Here and Kudos’ in-house Production Team.
Vicious won the Best Sitcom award at this year’s Montreux Comedy Festival.
The ceremony took place in Switzerland on Sunday night and Vicious beat off stiff international competition from Canada, France and Russia to bring home the award.
Congratulations to the following people for making Broadcast’s Hot 100 list of 2013.
Jane Featherstone is ranked #1 Executive Producer in the list of Execs and Producers for shepherding “some of the year’s most talked about shows”.
Utopia Director Marc Munden is placed top in the Directors list and James Strong is placed sixth for Broadchurch.
In the Writers category, Chris Chibnall takes the top spot for Broadchurch, and Utopia writer Dennis Kelly is fifth.
Broadchurch lead actor Olivia Coleman is placed #1 in the Talent category and her co-star David Tennant is at number seven.
Broadchurch is nominated for Best Drama Series or Serials and Kudos is nominated for Best Independent Production Company in the Broadcast Awards 2014.
Shine International is also nominated for Best Programme Sales for Broadchurch.
You can see the full list of nominees in Broadcast.
Emmy Award-winning Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) has been cast as Detective Ellie Miller and two-time Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) as Susan Wright in Gracepoint, the US remake of Kudos’ hit ITV drama Broadchurch for FOX network.
Broadchurch Creator Chris Chibnall will write the pilot episode, and the series will be produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends. Chris will also executive produce the series with Jane Featherstone from Kudos, Shine America's Carolyn Bernstein, and showrunners Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein.
Principal photography begins in January 2014 for transmission in 2014/15.
Utopia saw success at the RTS Craft & Design Awards 2012/13, winning two prizes at last night's ceremony. Composer Cristobal Tapia De Veer took the award for Original Score and Colourist Aidan Farrell won for Picture Enhancement.
Cristobal was up against Dominik Scherrer for Ripper Street and Unlove, David Holmes & Keefus Green for The Fall.
Aidan beat John Cryer & The Platform Post Grading Team for Horrible Histories and himself for The White Queen!
The event was held at The Savoy, London.
The 2013 Red Planet Prize in partnership with Kudos is open for entries.
Finding, nurturing and investing in new writing talent is at the heart of the Prize. The winner receives a £5,000 cash prize and all the finalists enjoy the benefit of both Indies’ knowledge and experience through a structured scheme. Red Planet Pictures and Kudos are currently mentoring many new writers found through the initiative with over a dozen previous winners and finalists developing projects with both companies.
The competition is open to anyone in the UK. Entrants must upload the first ten pages of an original script for TV along with a short synopsis; this can be a single play or a pilot for a series. Should entrants then proceed through to the second phase, they will be asked to submit their full script.
Entries are to be submitted on the competition’s website. The deadline for round one submissions is the 6th January 2014.
The competition began in 2007 and already boasts unrivalled success in its search for new writing talent, with previous winners developing original ideas for both Red Planet and Kudos. Last year’s winner Jonathan Neil was a Broadcast Hot Shot in 2013.
Kudos has nominations in three categories at the 2013 RTS Craft & Design Awards.
Hunted’s Editor, Liana Del Giudice, is up for the Tape and Film Editing Award for Drama.
Utopia’s Cristobal Tapia De Veer is nominated for the Music/Original Score Award, its Production Designer, Kristian Milsted, is a nominee in the Production Design for Drama category, and Colourist Aidan Farrel is nominated for Picture Enhancement.
The winners will be announced at the ceremony in November.
Broadchurch and three of its cast won a total of four awards (aka Daggers) at the Crime Thriller Awards.
Olivia Colman and David Tennant were awarded The Best Actress Dagger and The Best Actor Dagger respectively. Andrew Buchan took home The Best Supporting Actor Dagger, and Broadchurch won The TV Dagger.
Each faced strong competition from productions including The Fall, Homeland, The Killing 3, Luther, and Top of the Lake.
The ceremony took place on 24th October and was shown on ITV3 on 27 October at 9pm.
Abi Morgan wins the award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for the second season of The Hour at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on 22nd September.
Abi, whose television work includes the BAFTA nominated Birdsong and the first series of The Hour, for which she was also nominated last year at the Emmys and Golden Globes.
Abi was up against some incredibly tough competition - (Richard LaGravenese for Behind The Candelabra, Tom Stoppard for Parade's End, David Mamet for Phil Spector and Jane Campion and Gerard Lee for Top of the Lake) and was the only British winner to pick up an award on the night.
Written and created by award-winning Abi Morgan, and produced by Kudos, RIVER is a brand new six part drama series commissioned for BBC One.
John River is a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind - a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. A man who must walk a professional tightrope between a pathology so extreme he risks permanent dismissal, and a healthy state of mind that would cure him of his gift. Following her recent Emmy-award win for best ‘Writing, Miniseries or Movie’ for BBC Two’s The Hour, Abi Morgan says of her new series:
“River is a fractured mind navigating a brutal world. And he does it wearing a police badge. I can't think of a better home for it than the BBC. The chance to tell big stories in a bold way on a channel that embraces so many writers, directors and actors I admire and respect is a huge treat.” Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, says: "RIVER is full of intriguing twists and turns and I was truly gripped when the script came in. Abi's one of Britain's most distinctive and original storytellers and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes RIVER her perfect debut on BBC One."
Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, adds: “It was amazing to see Abi winning the Emmy in LA on Sunday night - it shows what a world-class talent she is. I am delighted that she will now be turning her attention to her first series for BBC One. It's a corker with all Abi's unique qualities - smart, moving, warm and full of huge surprises.”
Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive of Kudos, adds: “In RIVER, the utterly brilliant Abi Morgan has created a fascinating and gifted lead character, whose story will move and surprise the audience, and I’m chuffed to bits to be collaborating with her once again and to be producing the series for BBC One where we know it will find a great home.”
RIVER was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. The executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin and Abi Morgan for Kudos Film and Television and Lucy Richer for the BBC.
The 6x60-minute series is made by Kudos (The Hour, From There To Here, Broadchurch) for BBC One. Filming will commence in London next year and the programme will transmit on BBC One in 2015. RIVER continues to demonstrate the BBC’s commitment to original British drama, and casting will be announced in due course.
Kudos and Parti Productions today announce they have co-optioned the rights to adapt award winning journalist author Sathnam Sanghera’s latest book, Marriage Material; A Novel for television.
Optioned before its official release date and published by William Heinnman, Marriage Material centres on the return of Arjan Banga to his family home in the Black Country following the unexpected death of his father.
Telling the story of three generations of a family through the prism of a Wolverhampton corner shop it is an epic tale of family, love, and politics, spanning the second half of the twentieth century, and the start of the twenty-first.
Nisha Parti Head of Parti Productions - “I am a huge fan of Sathnam’s work. Being of the same generation and having grown up in a Punjabi household myself, I have a strong personal connection to his writing and am particularly interested in finding thought provoking and original stories about my own heritage. Sathnam’s stories are packed with brilliantly drawn characters whose lives are made tangible through very real emotions, humour and depth. His writing veers away from cliché into something deeper and more intelligent with a spoonful of irony which works so brilliantly.
Jane Featherstone Chief Executive of Kudos - “Sathnam’s skill as a writer has seen him move effortlessly into fiction. The lightness of touch he brings to his subject matter is what makes this project such an interesting and universal one”
Honour, a girl on the run thriller based around an honour killing and starring Paddy Considine and newcomer Aiysha Hart, is Parti Production’s first feature film and will have its theatrical release in early 2014 in both the UK and US. Forthcoming projects also include Stray, a thriller set in Mumbai starring Dev Patel and Darkness Visible, a psychological horror, both of which are co-funded by the BFI.
Kudos has produced television series for the BBC, HBO, ITV and Channel 4. Forthcoming productions include The Tunnel for Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus, The Smoke for Sky One and From There To Here for BBC One. Recent shows include Broadchurch, the UK’s most watched new drama of 2013, Utopia, written by Dennis Kelly and recently re-commissioned for a second series by Channel 4; and BBC One’s Mayday written by Ben Court and Caroline Ip.
MIPCOM today announces that the thrilling new crime-drama, “The Tunnel”, will receive MIPCOM 2013’s World Premiere TV Screening on Monday 7 October in the Grand Auditorium of Cannes’ Palais des Festivals at 18:15.
The 10x60’ series is a Sky Atlantic HD and CANAL+ commission, distributed worldwide by Shine International and co-produced by Kudos, the BAFTA-winning producers of “Broadchurch” and “Utopia” and Shine France Films. “The Tunnel” will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Atlantic HD in October 2013 and in France on CANAL+ in November.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the stars and executive production team from the series, including leading actors Clémence Poésy (“Birdsong,” “Harry Potter”) and BAFTA-winning Stephen Dillane (“Game of Thrones,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), together with Tom Bateman (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Cédric Vieira (“Lost Paradise”) and Sigrid Bouaziz (“Nevers”). Following the premiere, the stars of “The Tunnel” will grace the red carpet at MIPCOM’s Opening Night Party.
Organised by Reed MIDEM, MIPCOM will take place in Cannes, France, from 7-10 October 2013.
“The Tunnel” is adapted from the 2011 Danish/Swedish hit series, “Bron” (“The Bridge”) and brings together a Franco-British production team. For Kudos “The Tunnel” is executive produced by Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive of Kudos (“Broadchurch,” “The Hour”), Manda Levin (“All The Small Things”), Karen Wilson (“Hustle”) and Ben Richards (“Spooks”), alongside Nora Melhli, Director of Drama at Shine France Films and Lars Blomgren, Managing Director of Filmlance (“Bron”). It is produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts (“The Hour”).
Five directors are crafting the show’s first season: César-winning writer/director Dominik Moll (“With a Friend Like Harry”), Bafta-winning Hettie Macdonald (“White Girl”), Thomas Vincent (“Borgia”), Udayan Prasad (“The Yellow Handkerchief”) and Emmy and BAFTA-winning director Philip Martin (“Birdsong”).
“The Tunnel” is set against the backdrop of Europe in crisis. When a prominent French politician is found dead on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) are sent to investigate on behalf of their respective countries. The case takes a surreal turn when a shocking discovery is made at the crime scene, forcing the French and British police into an uneasy partnership. As the serial killer uses ever more elaborate and ingenious methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society, Karl and Elise are drawn deeper into his increasingly personal agenda.
“The Tunnel” has been commissioned by Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, for Sky and Fabrice de la Patellière, Head of Drama, for CANAL+. The Kudos and Shine France Films production is a bilingual series – a first in broadcasting for both the UK and France.
“We’re thrilled to welcome “The Tunnel” as the MIPCOM 2013 World Premiere TV Screening,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Television Division. “Since its launch in 2010, the recurring success of the World Premiere TV Screenings at MIPCOM and MIPTV confirms the event’s position as a premium showcase for leading television and film companies to screen outstanding programmes to the most influential buyers, industry players, and international media from over 100 countries.”
Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos, said: "It’s a great honour for “The Tunnel” to receive its official premiere at MIPCOM's opening night, in front of a truly international audience. The storyline and spirit of the production could not make it more relevant.”
Nora Melhli, Director of Drama, Shine France Films added, "The MIPCOM premiere is a very prestigious occasion, both in France and globally. We are delighted to be able to present “The Tunnel”, our first European co-production, to an international public of professional and more generally TV series lovers."
“We’re delighted that MIPCOM has given us the opportunity to promote CANAL+’s latest original creation on an international stage,” said Fabrice de la Patellière, Head of French Drama at CANAL+ “ “The Tunnel” is a coproduction that perfectly combines French and British talents in both writing and production. It encapsulates our objective of creating major series which stand out for their unique character.”
“We are proud to be presenting this outstanding series at MIPCOM, which we coproduced with CANAL+, Kudos and Shine France Films,” added Anne Mensah, Head of Drama at Sky Atlantic HD. “The series’ gripping storyline about a serial killer with political undercurrents demonstrates Sky Atlantic’s ambition to deliver compelling storytelling that can reach a worldwide audience.”