Kudos (production company)

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Kudos Film and Television
Type Production company
Industry film, television
Genre Children, and drama
Founded 1992
Headquarters 12–14 Amwell Street, London, United Kingdom
Key people Executive Chairman:
* Stephen Garrett
Managing Directors:
* Simon Crawford Collins
* Daniel Isaacs
Creative Director:
* Jane Featherstone
Head of Film:
* Paul Webster
Parent Shine Group
Divisions Kudos Film and Television, Kudos Pictures
Website http://www.kudosproductions.co.uk/

Kudos Film and Television is a British independent film and television production company. It has produced television series for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and its productions include Spooks (US:MI5), Hustle, Life on Mars and its spin-off Ashes to Ashes, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and M.I. High. 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.


The company was formed in 1992. It came to international attention with the BAFTA Award winning spy drama Spooks, which debuted on BBC One on 13 May 2002.

In late 2006, the company was sold to Shine Limited for around £35m.[1] Shine also bought Princess Productions and Firefly Production 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.[1] 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.[1]





  • Utopia: one series (from 2013) for Channel 4. A conspiracy thriller about a group of people forced to go on the run from a shadowy organisation after discovering the manuscript of a cult graphic novel.[7] Picked up for a second series in 2014[8]
  • Hunted: one series (from 2013) for BBC One and Cinemax. A contemporary spy series about a hunted secret agent created by Frank Spotnitz.[9] and stars Australian actress Melissa George.[10][11][12]
  • Law & Order: UK: seven series (from 2009) for ITV - total 45 episodes.
  • M.I. High: six series (from 2007) for CBBC - total 75 episodes with a seventh series commissioned for 2014.
  • Death In Paradise : two series (from 2011) for BBC One and France Televisions - total 16 episodes with a third series commissioned for 2014.[13]
  • Broadchurch, one series (from 2013) for ITV - total 8 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.[14] Second series commissioned for 2014.[15]



Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 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. 
  2. ^ "The Smoke". Kudos. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  3. ^ Neilan, Catherine (2011-11-21). "Kudos to adapt Swedish drama Real Humans". Broadcast. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Atlantic heads into the mountains". C21Media. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  5. ^ Frost, Vicky (2013-01-10). "The Bridge becomes the Tunnel in Anglo-French crime thriller remake". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (2012-05-10). "'The Bridge' to be remade by Sky Atlantic". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  7. ^ Kanter, Jake (2012-04-19). "Kudos to make C4 conspiracy thriller". Broadcast. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ Maggie Brown (2013-03-18). "Channel 4 commissions Utopia second series". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  9. ^ "Show Tracker". Los Angeles Times. 
  10. ^ "New BBC One Controller Danny Cohen announces three new series and two big event pieces in his first raft of drama commissions". BBC. 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  11. ^ Halterman, Jim (2011-08-12). "Interview: "Strike Back" Co-Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz". TheFutonCritic. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  12. ^ Marnell, Blair (2011-09-22). "Melissa George Is Cinemax's 'Nemesis'". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  13. ^ "Death in Paradise series three confirmed". Radio Times. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  14. ^ "Tennant joins ITV drama". C21Media. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  15. ^ "Broadchurch recommissioned for second series". ITV. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  16. ^ "BBC announces new drama commissions following BAFTA success". BBC. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  17. ^ "BBC Two drops newsroom drama The Hour". BBC News. 12 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Hustle creator calls time on BBC show". BBC News. 6 May 2011. 
  19. ^ Love, Ryan (14 March 2011). "BBC confirms 'Outcasts' axe". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  20. ^ BBC - Press Office - BBC Drama announces Occupation, a three-part drama for BBC One from Kudos Film and Television
  21. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.