Kudos (production company)

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Production company
IndustryTelevision, film
GenreDrama, Other
Founded1992; 28 years ago (1992)
Headquarters12–14 Amwell Street,
United Kingdom
Key people
Diederick Santer, CEO Martin Haines, COO
OwnerEndemol Shine UK
ParentEndemol Shine Group

Kudos 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[1] and is now part of the 50-50 joint-venture Endemol Shine Group.


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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

in 2015, it was included in a 50–50% joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management's Endemol and CORE Media Group, as Endemol Shine Group.





  • The Tunnel. Three series (2013, 2016 and 2017) for Sky Atlantic and Canal+ – total 28 episodes,[7][8][9] remake of the Swedish/Danish crime thriller The Bridge with a third series in development.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • Humans: three series for Channel 4 & AMC.[12] 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.[13] Created by two of the writers and producers of the Swedish Wallander series. Third series currently in production.



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. ^ Article available on deadline.com
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Netflix Boards BBC Drama 'Troy' From 'Night Manager' Writer". The Hollywood Reporter. 1 March 2017. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ 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 Hollywood. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Channel 4 Flowers series 2 confirmed: Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt back in dark family comedy". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Tin Star season 2 confirmed | Sky series starring Tim Roth will return". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  7. ^ Frost, Vicky (10 January 2013). "The Bridge becomes the Tunnel in Anglo-French crime thriller remake". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  8. ^ Plunkett, John (16 February 2015). "'Sky Atlantic's The Tunnel to Return for Second Series". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  9. ^ Wollaston, Sam (15 December 2017). "The Tunnel: Vengeance review – intriguing sleepover kid-swap". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  10. ^ Article available on variety.com
  11. ^ "Tennant joins ITV drama". C21Media. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Humans season 3 has been confirmed". The Independent. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  13. ^ Neilan, Catherine (21 November 2011). "Kudos to adapt Swedish drama Real Humans". Broadcast. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  14. ^ "BBC One orders Gunpowder from Kudos". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  15. ^ "BBC One announces brand-new drama series River, by Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan". BBC. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  16. ^ "BBC1 Greelights Peter Bowker's adaption of Capital". Kudos. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  17. ^ "BBC One: Capital". BBC. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  18. ^ "BBC announces new drama commissions following BAFTA success". BBC. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  19. ^ "BBC Two drops newsroom drama The Hour". BBC News. 12 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Hustle creator calls time on BBC show". BBC News. 6 May 2011.
  21. ^ Love, Ryan (14 March 2011). "BBC confirms 'Outcasts' axe". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  22. ^ BBC – Press Office – BBC Drama announces Occupation, a three-part drama for BBC One from Kudos Film and Television
  23. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.