Former Kudos Chief Executive Launches Drama Production Outfit


LONDON: Sister Pictures is a brand-new independent production company launched by Jane Featherstone, former chief executive of Kudos, co-chairman of Shine UK and executive producer of dramas such as Spooks, Humans, River and Broadchurch.

Featherstone, who left Kudos in spring 2015 after 15 years with the company, has been responsible for producing many award-winning dramas for U.K., U.S. and international outlets. She was the executive producer of Hustle and Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes and, more recently, Utopia, The Hour, The Tunnel and Broadchurch. She will continue as executive producer of Broadchurch, soon to begin production on its third season for ITV, as Sister Pictures becomes a co-producer of the series alongside Kudos and writer Chris Chibnall’s company, Imaginary Friends.

Katie Carpenter joins the company as head of development from Kudos, where she was a development executive.

Sister Pictures will produce drama for both U.K. and international buyers and has a number of projects in development. Among the initial slate of projects is a new drama series based on the world of divorce lawyers, The Split, from Abi Morgan, creator of TV series The Hour and River and writer of films such as The Iron Lady and Suffragette.

Featherstone commented, “This is a great time to be starting again, with such a range of global opportunities in scripted. My passion is working with writers and I am relishing the prospect of establishing Sister Pictures as an independent home where I can continue to collaborate with some of the big names in drama as well as having the opportunity to support the next raft of authors in making some brilliant television.”