Jane Featherstone has announced she is leaving the newly formed Endemol Shine Group as CEO of Kudos this May. She has been Kudos CEO since 2011. Also leaving the Endemol Shine Group is Princess Productions founder Henrietta Conrad.
Featherstone joined Kudos in 2000 as the head of drama. She will continue to work in a hands-on executive producer role on a number of commissioned projects including Broadchurch, River, Humans and the Spooks movie. She will take a break from the business for the second half of 2015.
Featherstone will be working on a smooth transition with COO Dan Isaacs and the Kudos senior creative team at Kudos over the next few months.
“I have had the most extraordinary and rewarding 15 years at Kudos, in which time I’ve had the privilege to work with some of television’s most creative brains, gifted writers, directors, actors and craftspeople on what I believe are some of the best shows on telly,” she said in a statement. “I’ve been considering taking a break away from work and with Kudos entering a new phase as part of the new joint venture between Shine and Endemol now feels like the right moment for me to go. I plan, and look forward to, taking a proper break once my latest slate of shows is complete.”
Conrad founded Princess 18 years ago but stepped back from the day-to-day CEO role in 2013 to become chairman.