Banijay UK indie, Kudos, has struck a first look deal with Peaky Blinders creator, Stephen Knight.

Kudos is the production company behind Knight’s upcoming BBC drama, Two Tone, announced today.

Kudos is also the producer on Knight’s upcoming series for BBC One, SAS Rogue Heroes.

The deal will provide Kudos a first look on future UK based projects originated by Steven Knight and support the Birmingham film and TV industry.

The new partnership is committed to “substantial long-term financial investment in skills and training” in the West Midlands with the ambition of “growing the local workforce, incubating talent and generating a thriving scripted production pipeline in Birmingham”. The partnership has Knight’s Digbeth Loc. Studios as its hub.

Steven Knight said of the deal: “This is a real opportunity to nurture and grow the TV industry in the fertile soil of Birmingham.  We need local people, local locations, local know-how and local stories to help us make world beating screen content.  As a partner, Kudos could not be more prestigious and it’s a pleasure to welcome them into town.  We hit the ground running in the next few months with our first project which is West Midlands to its core, and I am hugely excited by what the future holds.”

Martin Haines, Joint MD of Kudos said; “I am delighted we are building on our relationship with Steve and taking our partnership to the next level in this fantastic way which will have real impact on the production industry in Birmingham and the West Midlands.”

Karen Wilson, Joint MD of Kudos added; “Steven and Kudos are absolutely aligned in our drive to produce outstanding scripted television, and with a number of exciting ideas already in development, I’m confident that this partnership will do just that.”

This deal follows the announcement that sister Banijay UK company Shine TV has signed a 6-year deal with the BBC to produce all series in the UK MasterChef franchise from Birmingham. A move out of London for the first time in the show’s 30-year history which will include significant investment in local training and development. The series will be made in Digbeth Loc. Studios withproduction due to start in 2024.

Jon Creamer

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