Featherstone, Garrett take new roles

LONDON — Kudos Film and Television, the much-feted U.K. shingle responsible for making high-concept TV drama “Life on Mars,” has restructured its senior management team.

Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett, currently joint managing directors, will assume new roles.

Featherstone becomes creative director, while Garrett’s new role is executive chairman.

Simon Crawford Collins and Daniel Isaacs take over Featherstone and Garrett’s jobs as joint managing directors.

Garrett, Kudos’ original co-founder, will lead strategic and international development and take a primary role, alongside Paul Webster, in running Shine Pictures, the Shine Group’s new joint film venture with New Regency (Daily Variety, July 23, 2008).

Kudos was bought by Shine in January 2007.

Crawford Collins, currently director of drama, and Isaacs, commercial director, will in future run the shingle’s operational management.

Featherstone said: “We’ve many exciting opportunities ahead of us and the time is right to reflect both the scale and ambition of the business and the speed of our recent growth by consolidating our management team.

“We know that the key to our growth has been an absolute commitment to creative talent and production quality. This new role will allow me to focus more time on the next generation of Kudos’ shows whilst retaining a roving brief across our production slate.”

Added Garrett: “The media landscape is changing quickly, and it is essential for Jane and me to be able to focus on the future development of the company, both creatively and commercially, so that we can be ahead of these changes, rather than merely reacting to them.”

Kudos is one of the U.K.’s most successful drama shingles. In addition to “Life on Mars,” its TV hits have included “Spooks,” and “Hustle.”

“Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and “Eastern Promises” are among the company’s recent feature films.

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