LONDON — Jane Featherstone will step down in the spring as chief executive of U.K. TV and film production house Kudos, which is part of the Shine-Endemol merged entity, led by Sophie Turner Laing. Kudos’ productions include “Broadchurch.”
Featherstone, who joined Kudos in 2000 as head of drama and has served as chief executive since 2011, will serve as executive producer on a number of ongoing commissioned productions, and work with COO Dan Isaacs and the senior creative team at Kudos on a transition over the next few months before leaving in May.
Productions in this period include “Broadchurch” for ITV, “River” for BBC One, “Humans” for Channel 4 and AMC, pilot “Flowers” for C4 and the theatrical release of movie “Spooks: The Greater Good.” Featherstone then plans to take a break
from work for the remainder of this year.
In her time at Kudos, Featherstone has been responsible for bringing to air some of the U.K.’s most innovative and award-winning dramas, including the long-running “Spooks,” “Hustle,” “Life on Mars” and “Ashes to Ashes”; more recently, she has overseen the production of “The Hour” and “Utopia,” both Emmy award-winning, the first bilingual Anglo-French drama “The Tunnel,” and the multi-award winning “Broadchurch,” which returned to ITV1 this week, and has to date traveled to over 150 territories.
Featherstone said: “I have had the most extraordinary and rewarding 15 years at Kudos, in which time I’ve had the privilege to work with some of television’s most creative brains, gifted writers, directors, actors and craftspeople on what I believe are some of the best shows on telly. I’ve also been able to collaborate with exceptional colleagues around the world in a fabulous and fun eight years as part of Shine, and could not be prouder of what we’ve collectively achieved.”
She added: “I’ve been considering taking a break away from work and with Kudos entering a new phase as part of the new joint venture between Shine and Endemol now feels like the right moment for me to go. I plan, and look forward to, taking a proper break once my latest slate of shows is complete. I have no doubt the incredibly talented team at Kudos will thrive in the new group, and we will together take time over the next few months to work through with Sophie Turner Laing and Tim Hincks the very best way to plan for this and transition the company smoothly.”
President, Endemol Shine Group Tim Hincks said: “Jane has built Kudos into one of the most prolific and admired production companies in our industry. After 15 incredible years she deserves a break, and I wish her every happiness. In the meantime, we will work with her, Dan and the fantastic team at Kudos to ensure they can continue to do what they do best.”