Kudos Co-Founder Stephen Garrett Exits Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Pictures
The U.K. TV guru behind the shingle that produced Brit hits including "Spooks" and "Life on Mars," as well as feature films such as "Eastern Promises," is exiting Shine to "reinvent himself" and pursue other opportunities in scripted drama.
Stephen Garrett, Shine Pictures executive chairman and chairman of Shine's Kudos Film and TV, is leaving the company to look for other opportunities in scripted drama.
Garrett, along with Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone, turned the indie British shingle into one of the U.K.'s hit-making TV powerhouses, boasting BBC series including Life on Mars, Hustle and Spooks on his production resume.
Kudos also boasts a slew of movie productions made under Garrett’s watch as executive chairman of Shine Pictures, including David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, scripted by Stephen Knight, and Salmon Fishing in The Yemen, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.
Shine Pictures and Kudos are currently co-producing a movie version of the TV spy hit show Spooks: The Greater Good, staring Peter Firth and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), set for a 2015 release. Garrett will continue as producer on the upcoming project, alongside Shine Pictures' head of film Ollie Madden and Featherstone.
Recently announced Shine Pictures' projects include crime thriller Blowback, from author Gregory Burke, and the adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's acclaimed best-seller The Farm, which Shine will produce in association with BBC Films. These and future Shine projects will be led solely by Madden, who has worked closely with Garrett since joining Shine Pictures three years ago from Warner Bros in London. Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine bought indie Kudos Film and Television in a deal worth around $58 million in 2007.
Garrett said: "I’m leaving behind, in Kudos and Shine Pictures, two vibrant, creative businesses that have never been in better shape. It’s been an inspiring ride with Jane and the exceptional team at Kudos and more recently with Ollie at Shine Pictures.
"I will miss their passionate intelligence, so too that of all at the wider Shine Group -- which has been like a family you marry into only to discover that, wherever you turn on the planet, you’ve acquired some unexpectedly stimulating and entertaining new relatives."
He said for his own future plans that he was "excited by the blurring of boundaries and the fusion of forms."
Said Garrett: "It’s not really about film or TV or even theater anymore. It’s just about telling great stories, stories that electrify audiences that unfold on screens which might be the size of a stamp or a six-story building. Addictive hours that are binged in a weekend or drip-fed in tantalizing nuggets over months. Scripted content is what I love. It’s endlessly reinventing itself. This feels like a great time to reinvent myself in the scripted space."
Shine Group CEO Alex Mahon described Garrett as "an exceptional producer, a passionate intellectual and thoughtful collaborator."
Said Mahon: "He leaves a great base to build on in our film team. He has been an enduring influence on our scripted business and we wish him the best for the future. After 20 years as part of the wider group, we will miss him."