Kudos launches ‘Pirates,’ ‘Medici’

Production house seeks co-production funds

LONDON — U.K. shingle Kudos, part of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine stable, is seeking co-production funds for two high-profile shows aimed at the international market.

Skeins include eight-part historical saga “The Medici” written by Frank Deasy, screenwriter of “Prime Suspect,” budgeted at around $2 million an episode, and a 13-part family sea-faring skein “The Scrimshaw Pirates,” set to cost around $1.5 million an episode.

The BBC is backing both and “The Medici” is a co-production with Fox Intl. Channels.

Kudos joint managing director Dan Isaacs said that tough times demanded a new approach and the shingle was looking for fare, like “The Medici” and “Scrimshaw Pirates,” with global appeal.

“The business model that worked for us in the past, in which the U.K. fully funds a show, might not necessarily work for Kudos in the future,” he explained.

“It is getting more and more difficult to fully fund a drama series in one territory and with expensive, high-end fare like “The Medici,” which will be set and filmed in Italy with an international cast, co-production finance is essential.”

Distribution on both projects will be handed by ShineReveille Intl.

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