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Former Kudos Chief Jane Featherstone Launches Sister Pictures

LONDON — Jane Featherstone, former chief executive of Kudos, co-chairman of Shine U.K. and executive producer of dramas including “Spooks,” “Humans,” “River” and “Broadchurch,” has launched independent production company Sister Pictures.

Sister Pictures will produce drama for both U.K. and international buyers, and has a number of projects in development. Among the initial slate of projects, Featherstone today revealed the development of a drama series based in the world of divorce lawyers, called “The Split,” from Abi Morgan, creator of TV series “The Hour” and “River,” and writer of films including “The Iron Lady” and “Suffragette.”

Katie Carpenter joins the company as head of development from Kudos, where she was a development executive.

Featherstone, who left Kudos last year after 15 years with the company, has produced dramas for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, AMC, HBO, Netflix, Fox and Canal Plus. She was the executive producer of “Hustle” and “Life on Mars”/”Ashes to Ashes,” and, more recently, “Utopia” and Emmy-winning “The Hour,” the first bi-lingual Anglo-French drama “The Tunnel” and the BAFTA-winning “Broadchurch,” which has to date traveled to more than 150 territories.

She will continue as executive producer of “Broadchurch,” soon to begin production on its third season for ITV, as Sister Pictures becomes a co-producer of the series alongside Kudos and writer Chris Chibnall’s company, Imaginary Friends.

Featherstone commented: “This is a great time to be starting again, with such a range of global opportunities in scripted. My passion is working with writers and I am relishing the prospect of establishing Sister Pictures as an independent home where I can continue to collaborate with some of the big names in drama as well as having the opportunity to support the next raft of authors in making some brilliant television.”

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