Kudos Co-Founder Launches Production Banner

Stephen Garrett - P 2016
Lena Garrett

Stephen Garrett stepped down from the Endemol Shine Group-owned production firm in 2014.

Stephen Garrett, who co-founded the U.K. production banner behind Broadchurch and Utopia, has set up his own company, Character Seven.

The news comes less than two years after the L.A.-based producer left Endemol Shine Group-owned production firm Kudos, which he set up with Jane Featherstone in 1992 and which worked on British TV hits including Spooks, Hustle and Life on Mars.

Garrett's first credit under Character Seven is the John le Carre adaptation The Night Manager, in partnership with The Ink Factory, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The six-part series is due to air on BBC and AMC.

Character Seven is also developing The Rook, a London-set supernatural series for Hulu, with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer's company Fickle Fish and Lionsgate.

"There is no longer a barrier between television storytelling and film storytelling," said Garrett. "The creative talent is flowing both ways, and it respects neither national boundaries nor the size of the screen. I have always been excited by new types of story and new ways of telling them. With Character Seven I hope I can take this passion to the next level."