Trio to champion bold storytellers and visionary talent – producing
global content across multiple platforms
London & Los Angeles, 1 October 2019 -
Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone officially
announced Sister, a global production and development company
focused on championing bold storytellers and visionary talent.
Sister is built upon the foundation of Featherstone’s Emmy Award
winning scripted indie, Sister Pictures, and sees all three
co-founders and co-owners combine their collective expertise, track
records and a shared commitment to creating break out,
genre-defining narrative content. Sister will have offices in Los
Angeles and London, with corporate HQ in the UK.
Elisabeth Murdoch serves as Sister’s Executive Chairman, Jane
Featherstone, founder of Sister Pictures (Chernobyl, Broadchurch) becomes Head of Sister London and Stacey Snider, former 20th
Century Fox Film Chairman is Global CEO and Head of Sister LA.
Immediately at launch, the trio are thrilled that Sister London will
fully incorporate the existing teams behind Sister Pictures highly
successful programme slate who will continue to operate as normal.
They include Executive Producers Naomi de Pear (The Power, Don’t Forget the Driver, Flowers), Chris Fry (Chernobyl, Giri/Haji) and
producer Katie Carpenter (The Bisexual, Flowers). Dan Isaacs, current COO of Sister Pictures, becomes COO of
Elizabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone say:
“When the three of us began to talk about ideas for a new kind of
company there was an immediate recognition that we could combine our
collective experiences in film and television and build something
exceptional and fiercely independent. We have each learned our craft
over many years and now care most about the quality of work we
produce - its integrity, its purpose, and our ability to clear the
way for singular talent who have something to say. The ever-changing
entertainment landscape brings with it complexity, and success here
requires experience, deep rooted relationships, creative intuition
and vision. We are fortunate to be well capitalised, to have the
independence and confidence to write our own rules, to be bold and
bespoke in the choices we make, and to utilise our resources to
champion visionary story-tellers. And to those story-tellers we say
– come and be brave, come and be rebellious, come and do your best
The combination of Featherstone and her highly regarded team’s
track-record, Snider’s renowned creative skills, deep industry
expertise and relationships, and Murdoch’s proven success building
and scaling talent-driven content enterprises uniquely positions
Sister in the global marketplace as a resource for talent and
creators. Sister welcomes and cultivates distinct voices with a
unique world view. Its aim is to provide those voices with multiple
platforms from which to tell stories that are both commercially
viable and critically-acclaimed, to audiences around the world.
Sister Pictures currently has 26 staff in London. In 2019, it
produced 25 hours of scripted television per year, which will rise
to 32 hours per year in 2020.
Elisabeth Murdoch has a proven track record of founding and scaling
world class creative businesses. She became a media entrepreneur in
1994 when she founded EP Communications, owning and operating two
dominant Californian NBC affiliate stations winning the 1995 Peabody
Award for Broadcast Excellence. Selling the stations to Smith
Broadcasting, she then moved to the UK where she became the Managing
Director of Sky Networks.
Elisabeth Murdoch founded Shine Group in 2001 and was its Chairman
until 2014. Shine Group grew to become a leading global television
production and distribution company and is best known for creating
multi-award winning global hit series such as
Masterchef, The Bridge, Broadchurchand Spooks. The company was sold to 21st Century Fox in 2011.
In 2014, Elisabeth co-founded Locksmith Animation, the UK’s only
dedicated high-end feature animation studio, where she is Executive
Chair. In 2015 she founded Vertical Networks, the world’s leading
mobile first content studio, in partnership with Snap. Vertical
created the hugely successful show PhoneSwap and the most popular
daily Snapchat Discover channel, Brother, which boasts 21 million
Elisabeth has continued to back world class creative entrepreneurs
throughout her career. She is a strategic minority shareholder in
both Youngest Media and 110% Content both in the UK.
Elisabeth established the Freelands Foundation (US and UK registered
charity) in 2014 for the advancement of the arts and education. She
was a Tate Trustee for 2009-2016 and was appointed to the National
Council of the Arts Council of England in 2018.
Stacey Snider served as Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox
from June 2017 until its acquisition by Disney in April 2019. Before
that she served as the Co-Chairman/CEO of DreamWorks, and from 1999
to 2006, she was Chairman of Universal Pictures.
During her tenure at Fox, Snider authorized recent films including
Bohemian Rhapsody, Logan and The Greatest Showman
and helped initiate global franchises such as
The Fast and the Furious and
The Bourne Identity series. Snider’s
long-time collaboration with Steven Spielberg generated a host of
multi-award winning titles including
The Post, Munich and Lincoln, the most
recent being the much-anticipated
West Side Story.
As the former chief executive of Kudos and co-chairman of Shine UK,
Jane oversaw the production of some of the UK’s most ground-breaking
and best-loved dramas. From BAFTA-winning television series
Broadchurch,Humans, Life on Mars and
Flowers, through to
Hustle, Spooks, The Hourand River,
Featherstone’s pioneering vision brought quality drama to the
mainstream whilst growing Kudos into one of the UK’s most
recognisable and formidable indies.
Departing Kudos in 2014, Jane then founded Sister Pictures (in which
Murdoch became a minority shareholder) in November 2015 as an
independent television production company specialising in authored,
bold and distinctive stories for UK and international audiences. The
indie, has in four years, grown to be one of the leading,
international drama producers. The recent world-wide phenomenon and
winner of 10 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series,
Chernobyl (HBO/ Sky Atlantic), adds to
the critical and audience acclaim the company has achieved for its
work, which includes The Split(BBC One/
Sundance AMC) Cleaning Up (ITV),
Flowers S2 (Channel 4) and
Don’t Forget the Driver (BBC Two).
Murdoch and Featherstone have collaborated before when Shine
acquired Kudos Productions in 2007. Featherstone went on to become
Shine TV Chairman in addition to her role as CEO of Kudos, before
departing to form Sister Pictures in 2015.
Sister, formed in September 30th 2019 by Liz Murdoch, Stacey Snider
and Jane Featherstone is a global production and development
company. The storytelling triumvirate share a mutual ambition to
build a modern, international company that champions exceptional,
visionary talent. Sister will harness its co-founders’ collective
expertise in film and television, their track records and a shared
commitment to creating break out narrative content for multiple
Forthcoming titles include, series two of Emmy Award winning writer
Abi Morgan’s The Split (BBC One/
Sundance AMC) Cleaning Up (ITV),
Flowers S2 (Channel 4) and
Don’t Forget the Driver (BBC Two) or BBC
One, Giri/Haji for BBC Two/ Netflix, the
adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s literary phenomenon
The Power for Amazon, and Adam Kay’s
adaptation of his international best-seller
This Is Going To Hurt for the BBC.