Drama indie Kudos is to launch a Manchester based sister company, Kudos North.
Spearheaded by new development producer hire, Laura Conway (The Fall 3, My Mother and Other Strangers), Kudos North says it plans to establish an open door to the north of England and strive to produce exciting new dramas with international appeal from strong, original voices.
Salford based actress and writer Maxine Peake has signed a first look development deal with Kudos North via her production company Vexed Pixie to develop new television projects which sit alongside developments already in progress at Kudos with Danny Brocklehurst, Debbie Horsfield, Dominic Mitchell and Stephen Greenhorn.
Conway said; “Kudos North will focus on drama ideas, outside of London, that get under the skin of diverse lives across the United Kingdom and go some way to proving that it’s not grim up North – it’s magic!
In addition the Kudos North Writers’ Award will also launch this month to help promote the next wave of northern writers. The award, which is run in conjunction with the BBC Writer’s Room, will reward two emerging northern writers with a bursary, a new treatment commission, and mentorship by acclaimed northern writers Danny Brocklehurst and Stephen Butchard.
Martin Haines, Chief Operating Officer, Kudos said; “Kudos have made numerous shows outside London, including Life on Mars, Utopia, and the forthcoming Gunpowder and The Boy with the Topknot. However, we feel it’s a great moment to build upon that success, to put down roots in Manchester, and to surface new voices and tell new stories from across the North, England, and the whole of the UK.”
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