Kudos (production company)

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Kudos Film and Television
Production company
Industry film, television
Genre Children, and drama
Founded 1992
Headquarters 12–14 Amwell Street, London, United Kingdom
Key people
Daniel Isaacs Joint CEO, Diederick Santer Co-CEO
Products Broadcasting
Parent Endemol Shine Group
21st Century Fox
Apollo Global Management
Divisions Kudos Film and Television, Shine Pictures, Lovely Day, Brown Eyed Boy
Subsidiaries Kell
Website www.kudos.co.uk

Kudos Film and Television is a British 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. In 2011, the Shine Group was 100% acquired by News Corporation[1] (now 21st Century Fox), and 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 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 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.[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]







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. ^ https://deadline.com/2011/04/news-corp-completes-deal-to-buy-shine-group-120089/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  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". Hollywood Reporter. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Sam Hunter Dead At Cinemax, But Creator Frank Spotnitz Still Wants Continuation". Seriable. 2015-02-18. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Atlantic heads into the mountains". C21Media. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ "BBC One orders Gunpowder from Kudos". BBC. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Tennant joins ITV drama". C21Media. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  8. ^ "ITV commissions a third series of Broadchurch". ITV Press Centre. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Neilan, Catherine (2011-11-21). "Kudos to adapt Swedish drama Real Humans". Broadcast. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  10. ^ Frost, Vicky (2013-01-10). "The Bridge becomes the Tunnel in Anglo-French crime thriller remake". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  11. ^ Plunkett, John (2015-02-16). "'Sky Atlantic's The Tunnel to Return for Second Series". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  12. ^ http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/sky-reenters-tunnel-wants-lennie-james-gone-1201964843/
  13. ^ "BBC announces new drama commissions following BAFTA success". BBC. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  14. ^ "BBC Two drops newsroom drama The Hour". BBC News. 12 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Hustle creator calls time on BBC show". BBC News. 6 May 2011. 
  16. ^ Love, Ryan (14 March 2011). "BBC confirms 'Outcasts' axe". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  17. ^ BBC - Press Office - BBC Drama announces Occupation, a three-part drama for BBC One from Kudos Film and Television
  18. ^ "BBC One announces brand-new drama series River, by Emmy award-winning writer Abi Morgan". BBC. 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  19. ^ "BBC1 Greelights Peter Bowker's adaption of Capital". Kudos. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  20. ^ "BBC One: Capital". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  21. ^ 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.