'Chernobyl' Producer Sister Launches North England Hub

Lucy Dyke
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Lucy Dyke

'Black Mirror' producer Lucy Dyke will head up the Manchester-based operation, which will focus on developing and producing scripted projects from the region.

Sister, the fast-growing production powerhouse founded by Jane Featherstone, Stacey Snider and Elisabeth Murdoch that has produced such shows as Chernobyl, Gangs of London and Giri/Haji, is launching a new entity based in Manchester.

Northern Sister, announced Wednesday, will focus on developing and producing high-end scripted projects from the north of England and establish connections with writers, producers and creative talent from other cities, including Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool and Bradford.

The new operation will be headed up by Black Mirror producer Lucy Dyke, who joins the company after having worked with Sister overseeing its BBC/AMC legal drama The Split for two seasons. As well as developing her own projects in the region, Dyke will also continue to work with the teams located in London and L.A.

Dyke is currently also working with Featherstone and Sister executive producer Chris Fry on a number of new scripted projects.

"I’m delighted to set up a permanent home here in the North whilst continuing my long-standing relationship with Jane and the exceptional team at Sister," said Dyke. "This is an exciting chance to collaborate with the extraordinarily talented creatives in this area and beyond, and to recognise the need to create more opportunities outside of London. Sister is a brilliantly empowering company who always put great storytelling first and I can’t wait to explore what we can do together."

Added Featherstone, who also serves as Sister's chief creative officer for London: "I’m so thrilled Sister is able to support and encourage Lucy’s ambitions in the North. We share her passion and drive to continue to collaborate with established partners as well as seek out, connect with and develop emerging voices from across the U.K."

Sister is currently in production on Amazon series The Power, based on Naomi Alderman's hit novel, This is Going to Hurt for BBC/AMC and adapted from Adam Kay's bestseller, and Landscapers, for HBO/Sky, starring Olivia Colman who also produces for her own South of the River Pictures. On the film side, Sister is working on the recently-announced Bee Gees biopic, being directed by Kenneth Branagh with producer Graham King and Paramount.