EXCLUSIVE: Kudos Pictures, the Brit TV and film company owned by Liz Murdoch’s Shine Group, has hired Oliver Madden from Warner Bros. to be its new film boss. Current Head of Film Paul Webster, now in post on Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is returning to independent producing. He will exit Shine at the end of April but will continue to work with the company on upcoming film projects. Madden, current VP of production at Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, will join a slightly reconfigured Shine Pictures — Kudos’ joint venture with New Regency — in May, reporting to Kudos executive chairman Stephen Garrett. Shine’s current slate includes The Gray Man, an adaptation of Mark Greaney’s thriller; Eastern Promises 2; and an adaptation of Swedish bestselling thriller 3 Seconds, with writer Matt Cook attached. Recent Kudos productions include Brighton Rock.
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