Los Angeles Based Fenske Bolsters Sister’s U.S. Team
Sister, an independent Global Content company, has appointed tenured TV executive, Kate Fenske to the role of Chief Creative Executive. Based in Los Angeles, Fenske will harness her deep expertise and relationships to support Sister’s mission of championing bold storytellers and visionary talent across multiple platforms.
Fenske will be starting with Sister in the coming months.
Elisabeth Murdoch, Sister’s Executive Chairman, Jane Featherstone, Head of Sister London and Stacey Snider, Global CEO and Head of Sister LA., announced Sister in October 2019. Sister has offices in Los Angeles and London, with corporate HQ in the UK. Fenske, who marks the first major hire out of Los Angeles, will report to Snider where the two will collaborate on developing stories and opportunities with U.S. talent and distributors.
Stated Snider: “Kate is not only wildly talented, but she brings a clear-eyed discipline and expertise to every project and opportunity. And, more importantly, her taste and passion is symbiotic with that of Sister’s, with a dedication to developing extraordinary voices and stories. We are all thrilled Kate is joining our team as we continue to build out our Los Angeles base.”
“Joining Sister is an undeniable opportunity - I’m truly thrilled to support these remarkable women in their commitment to bold voices telling powerful stories," said Fenske.
Prior to joining Sister, Fenske was the President of Production for Entertainment 360, the joint venture between MRC and Management 360. Prior to Entertainment 360, Fenske served as SVP, Development at Universal Cable Productions (UCP) where she jointly oversaw scripted development. Her projects included Hulu’s true crime anthology and Golden Globe® and Emmy-Award® winning The Act; Umbrella Academy for Netflix, George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers for SYFY and Dirty John, for Bravo, USA’s Golden Globe® nominated The Sinner; YouTube's supernatural thriller Impulse; SYFY’s horror anthology Channel Zero; USA’s true crime anthology Unsolved: The Murders Of Tupac And The Notorious B.I.G. and Bravo’s Imposters.
Previously, Fenske headed marketing for BBC One and Drama in the UK, overseeing all promotions for their biggest network and drama series. She was later named Head of Development at Grady Twins Productions under Marti Noxon and Dawn Olmstead.
Sister, formed 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 platforms.
The recent world-wide phenomenon, winner of 10 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Limited Series, and two Golden Globes including Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 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).
With Giri/ Haji for BBC Two/ Netflix having completed its critically acclaimed run on BBC Two forthcoming titles include, series two of Emmy Award winning writer Abi Morgan’s The Split (BBC One/ Sundance AMC) the adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s literary phenomenon The Power for Amazon, Adam Kay’s adaptation of his international best-seller This Is Going To Hurt for the BBCand the recently announced Landscapers (HBO/ Sky Atlantic) staring Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Queen)and directed by Alexander Payne (The Descendants, About Schmidt, Sideways).
Landscapers is the first project from South of the River Pictures, the independent scripted production company set up by Olivia Colman, Landscapers screenwriter Ed Sinclair with co-founder, Tom Carver in which Sister has taken a minority stake. Sister has also teamed with Graham King and Paramount Pictures on the official Bee Gees biopic about the trio whose worldwide sales of more than 220 million records established them as one of the biggest-selling groups of all time.