LONDON — U.K. production company Kudos, which is part of Endemol Shine Group, has appointed Diederick Santer and Dan Isaacs as joint chief executives. The pair succeed Jane Featherstone, who leaves in May. Santer will lead creatively, and Isaacs commercially.
Kudos has been responsible for some of the U.K.’s most innovative dramas, including “Spooks” (known as “MI-5” Stateside), “Hustle,” “Life on Mars” and its sequel “Ashes to Ashes,” “The Hour,” conspiracy thriller “Utopia” (not to be confused with the Fox reality show of the same name), and “Broadchurch,” which has travelled to more than 150 territories, and airs on BBC America in the U.S.
In the U.S., AMC has remade Kudos’ sci-fi drama series “Humans,” Fox remade “Broadchurch” as “Gracepoint,” and David Fincher is set to remake “Utopia” for HBO.
Tim Hincks, president of Endemol Shine Group, said: “Diederick and Dan both know implicitly what makes Kudos tick and what it stands for. I’m absolutely delighted they’re stepping up and I look forward to the next generation of brilliant, ambitious Kudos drama under their leadership.”
Santer was previously managing director at Lovely Day, the label he established with Kudos in 2010 and responsible for crime series “Grantchester” for ITV and PBS. Isaacs, who joined Kudos in 2003, steps up from his role as chief operating officer, a position he has held since 2011.
Joining the BBC drama division in 2000, Santer produced a variety of series including “Cutting It” and the Emmy-nominated “Jane Eyre.” From 2006, he served as executive producer of top U.K. soap “EastEnders,” before forming Lovely Day with Kudos in 2010. The company has been responsible for comedies including “My First Brassiere” and “The Daltons” for Sky One, and “Kitten Chic” for Sky Living.
As COO, Isaacs has overseen the commercial, legal, financial and operational divisions of Kudos, Lovely Day and fellow sister company Brown Eyed Boy, as well as being responsible for all international co-production, and third-party and distribution negotiations, all responsibilities Isaacs will take into the new role.
Recent credits include “Humans” (C4/AMC), “River” (BBC/Netflix), “The Tunnel” (Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus France) and “Grantchester” (ITV/PBS).
Forthcoming productions include “River” (BBC One/Netflix), “Humans” (C4/AMC), “Capital” (BBC), “Flowers” (Channel 4) and a second season of bi-lingual drama “The Tunnel” (Sky Atlantic/Canal Plus).