Kudos (production company)
Kudos Film and Television is a British film and television production company. It has produced television series for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Amazon and Netflix and its productions include Tin Star, Humans, Broadchurch, The Tunnel, Grantchester, Apple Tree Yard, Utopia, Spooks (US:MI5), Hustle and Life on Mars. In 2007 it was voted Best Independent Production Company by Broadcast magazine. Formed in 1992, since 2007 it has been part of the Shine Group. In 2007 it also set up the film unit, Kudos Pictures. In 2011, the Shine Group was 100% acquired by News Corporation and is now part of the 50-50 joint-venture Endemol Shine Group.
|Headquarters||12–14 Amwell Street, |
|Diederick Santer, CEO Martin Haines, COO|
|Owner||Endemol Shine UK|
|Parent||Endemol Shine Group|
|Divisions||Kudos Film and Television, Shine Pictures, Lovely Day, Brown Eyed Boy|
In late 2006, the company was sold to Shine Limited for around £35m. Shine also bought Princess Productions and Dragonfly Film and Television Productions to create the Shine Group, although all four divisions retained their individual identity.
With three British films already in production, and ten in development, in June 2007 the company announced plans to set up a film unit, with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) expected to be its first release. It planned to mix and match actors, writers and directors between the units, and already had Hollywood deals for film remakes of Hustle, Spooks and Tsunami: The Aftermath.
- Troy: Fall of a City: for BBC One and Netflix.
- Flowers (series 2) for Channel 4. 
- Tin Star (series 2) for Sky Atlantic & Amazon.
- The Tunnel. Three series (2013, 2016 and 2017) for Sky Atlantic and Canal+ - total 28 episodes, remake of the Swedish/Danish crime thriller The Bridge with a third series in development.
- Tin Star for Sky Atlantic & Amazon - total 10 episodes. Crime drama set in a mountain town overrun by migrant oil workers, starring Tim Roth.
- Broadchurch: three series (from 2013) for ITV - total 24 episodes. Series that explores what happens when the residents of a coastal town become the centre of a police investigation and media frenzy when a child’s body is discovered. the series stars David Tennant and is written & created by Chris Chibnall.
- Humans: three series for Channel 4 & AMC. An adaptation of the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans. Set in a parallel present day where technology has enabled robots to become so human it is nearly impossible to tell them apart from people. A co-production with original makers Matador Films and AMC. Created by two of the writers and producers of the Swedish Wallander series. Third series currently in production.
- The Boy with the Topknot (2017) for BBC Two - 1 episode.
- Man in an Orange Shirt (2017) for BBC Two - 2 episodes.
- Grantchester - three series (2014, 2016, 2017, as well as a Christmas Special in 2016).
- Gunpowder (2017) for BBC One - 3 episodes. Written by Ronan Bennett and starring Kit Harington.
- Apple Tree Yard (2017) for BBC One - 4 episodes. Written by Amanda Coe and based on the novel by Louise Doughty. Starring Emily Watson.
- Flowers (2016) for Channel 4 - 6 episodes. Written by Will Sharpe and starring Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt. Second series currently in production.
- River: a drama for BBC One centering on policeman John River, written by Abi Morgan
- Capital: An adaption of the John Lanchester novel for BBC One
- Death In Paradise: four series (from 2011) for BBC One and France Televisions - total 32 episodes with a fifth series commissioned for 2016.
- The Smoke one series (2014) for Sky1 - total 8 episodes.
- Vicious, two series, a Christmas special, and a Finale special (2013-2016) for ITV - total 14 episodes.
- Utopia: two series (from 2013) for Channel 4 - total 12 episodes.
- Law & Order: UK: eight series (2009-2014) for ITV - total 53 episodes.
- From There to Here one series (2014) for BBC One - total 3 episodes.
- M.I. High: seven series (2007-2011, 2013-2014) for CBBC - total 88 episodes.
- Hunted: one series (2013) for BBC One and Cinemax - total 8 episodes.
- Mayday: mini-series (2013) for BBC One - total 5 episodes.
- Lip Service: two series (2010-2012) for BBC Three - total 12 episodes.
- The Hour: two series (2011-2012) for BBC Two - total 12 episodes.
- Eternal Law: one series (2012) for ITV1 - total 6 episodes.
- Hustle: eight series (2004–2012) for BBC One - total 48 episodes.
- Spooks: ten series (2002–2011) for BBC One - total 86 episodes
- Outcasts: one series (2011) for BBC One - total 8 episodes
- Ashes to Ashes: three series (2008–2010) for BBC One - total 24 episodes.
- Occupation: one series (2009) - Three-part drama serial following three troops sent to Basra in 2003 for BBC One.
- The Fixer: two series (2008–2009) for ITV1 - total 12 episodes.
- Moving Wallpaper: two series (2008–2009) for ITV1 - total 18 episodes.
- Life on Mars (US version): one series (2008–2009) for ABC. In association with ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television. Total 17 episodes.
- Plus One: one series (2009) for Channel 4 - total 5 episodes. Pilot episode previously broadcast in 2007 before being developed into a full series.
- Spooks: Code 9: one series (2008) for BBC Three. Total 6 episodes.
- Burn Up: mini-series (2008) for BBC Two - total 2 episodes.
- HolbyBlue: two series (2007–2008) for BBC One - total 20 episodes.
- Echo Beach: one series (2008) for ITV1 - total 12 episodes.
- West 10 LDN: single episode pilot (2008) for BBC3 - total 1 episode.
- Nearly Famous: one series (2007) for E4 - total 6 episodes.
- Secret Life: one-off episode (2007) for Channel 4 - total 1 episode.
- Tsunami: The Aftermath: mini-series (2007) for BBC One - total 2 episodes.
- The Amazing Mrs Pritchard: one series (2006) for BBC One - total 6 episodes.
- Life on Mars: two series (2006–2007) for BBC One - total 16 episodes.
- Comfortably Numb: feature-length television film (2004) for Channel 4 - total 1 episode.
- Pleasureland: one series (2003) for Channel 4 - total 1 episode.
- Confidence Lab: one series (2002) for BBC Two - total 6 episodes.
- Anderson: single episode pilot (2000) for Channel 4, aired as part of Comedy Lab - total 1 episode.
- The Magician's House: two series (1999–2000) for CBBC - total 12 episodes.
- Psychos: one series (1999) for Channel 4 - total 6 episodes.
- Come on Down and Out: one-off episode (1999) for Channel 4 - total 1 episode.
- Nigel Slater's Real Food: one series (1998) for Channel 4 - total 7 episodes.
- Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes: one series (1997) for BBC1 - total 13 episodes.
- Desperately Seeking Something: three series (1995–1998) for Channel 4 - total 14 episodes.
- Good Ideas of the 20th Century: one series (1993–1994) for Channel 4 - total 6 episodes.
- Screaming Reels: four series (1993–1998) for Channel 4 - total 29 episodes.
- Meeting People Is Easy (1998)
- Among Giants (1998)
- Pure (2002)
- Eastern Promises (2007)
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
- The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008) - a documentary on flamingos shot in Africa and distributed by Disney
- Death of a Ladies Man (2009)
- Brighton Rock (2010)
- Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
- Spooks: The Greater Good (2015)
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Broadcast Magazine Supplement, The Indies - peer poll
- Televisual Bulldog Award - Best Indie
- Televisual Bulldog Award - Best Indie
- Broadcast Magazine Supplement, The Indies - peer poll
- Broadcast Awards - Best Independent Production Company - 2007
- Article available on deadline.com
- Gibson, Owen (18 June 2007). "British star of the small screen that wants to be a Hustler in Hollywood". London: Kudos. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
- "Netflix Boards BBC Drama 'Troy' From 'Night Manager' Writer". Hollywood Reporter. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- White, Peter (30 January 2018). "'The Night Manager's David Farr Explores Complex Characters In Netflix & BBC Fantasy Drama 'Troy: Fall Of A City'". Deadline. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- "Channel 4 Flowers series 2 confirmed: Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt back in dark family comedy". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- "Tin Star season 2 confirmed | Sky series starring Tim Roth will return". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- Frost, Vicky (10 January 2013). "The Bridge becomes the Tunnel in Anglo-French crime thriller remake". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Plunkett, John (16 February 2015). "'Sky Atlantic's The Tunnel to Return for Second Series". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- Wollaston, Sam (15 December 2017). "The Tunnel: Vengeance review – intriguing sleepover kid-swap". the Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- Article available on variety.com
- "Tennant joins ITV drama". C21Media. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "Humans season 3 has been confirmed". The Independent. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- Neilan, Catherine (21 November 2011). "Kudos to adapt Swedish drama Real Humans". Broadcast. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "BBC One orders Gunpowder from Kudos". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- "BBC One announces brand-new drama series River, by Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan". BBC. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "BBC1 Greelights Peter Bowker's adaption of Capital". Kudos. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "BBC One: Capital". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- "BBC announces new drama commissions following BAFTA success". BBC. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "BBC Two drops newsroom drama The Hour". BBC News. 12 February 2013.
- "Hustle creator calls time on BBC show". BBC News. 6 May 2011.
- Love, Ryan (14 March 2011). "BBC confirms 'Outcasts' axe". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
- BBC - Press Office - BBC Drama announces Occupation, a three-part drama for BBC One from Kudos Film and Television
- 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.