Former Kudos chief exec and co-chairman of Shine UK Jane Featherstone is launching her new banner Sister Pictures with a slate that includes a new project from Brit writer Abi Morgan. Featherstone, one of the UK’s most respected TV execs, has credits that include Spooks, Humans, River and Broadchurch. She was also exec producer on Life On Mars, Utopia and Sky Atlantic-Canal + co-pro The Tunnel, which was the first bi-lingual Anglo-French drama for both companies. She continues to serve as exec producer on Broadchurch, which is soon to begin production on its third series for ITV. Sister Pictures will co-produce the series alongside Kudos and writer Chris Chibnall’s company, Imaginary Friends.

Katie Carpenter joins the company as head of development from Kudos, where she was a development exec. Sister Pictures will produce drama for both UK and international buyers and has a number of projects in development. Among the initial slate of projects is The Split from Abi Morgan, a new drama series based in the world of divorce lawyers. Morgan created The Hour and River and also wrote The Iron Lady and Suffragette.

“This is a great time to be starting again, with such a range of global opportunities in scripted,” said Jane Featherstone. “My passion is working with writers and I am relishing the prospect of establishing Sister Pictures as an independent home where I can continue to collaborate with some of the big names in drama as well as having the opportunity to support the next raft of authors in making some brilliant television.”