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Kudos appoints Strevens as development head

Kudos appoints Strevens as development head
Staff Reporter
16 September 2015

Drama indie Kudos has appointed Jo Strevens as its new head of development. 

Strevens, who was story producer on the Sky/Canal+ series The Tunnel: Sabotage, will focus on the origination and development of scripted content Kudos.

Strevens will seek new commissions with UK and international broadcasters and partners, and strengthen the company's roster of writing talent.

Before joining Kudos in 2014, Strevens was head of development at Hat Trick where credits included The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Case Sensitive, and initial development on Sky One’s Critical.

Naomi de Pear, the former head of development, is stepping up to a producing role at Kudos. This kicks off with Flowers, the recently announced 6x30 comedy drama for Channel 4, which she developed alongside writer/director Will Sharpe starring Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt. She will also continue as a development producer working on new scripted ideas. De Pear has been head of development at Kudos since 2012 and has worked on Spooks, The Hour, Lip Service, Humans and the forthcoming BBC One series River.

Chris Fry, the producer on Channel 4/AMC’s hit Humans has been promoted to an executive producer role at the company. Fry will work on the recently announced series two of Humans alongside executive producer, Derek Wax. He will also develop other projects within the company. Fry’s previous producer credits at Kudos include The Smoke, Mayday and the last three series of Spooks.

The appointments mark the first executive moves by new Joint CEO’S Diederick Santer and Daniel Isaacs since taking up their positions at Kudos in May 2015.

They commented: “Naomi, Jo and Chris are amongst the smartest and most adventurous producers and development executives in the industry.”

Kudos is part of the Endemol Shine Group and their recent and forthcoming credits include Humans (Channel 4 / AMC), Broadchurch (ITV), The Tunnel (Sky Atlantic / Canal+), River (BBC One), Capital (BBC One) and Flowers (Channel 4).

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