Sister Pictures opens comedy label

Jane Featherstone’s fledgling indie Sister Pictures has launched a “naughty” authored comedy label run by Flowers producer Naomi de Pear

Hootenanny will co-produce the second series of Kudos’ C4 comedy drama Flowers, which has been handed a 6 x 30-minute renewal, as well as Iranian-American film director Desiree Akhavan’s The Bisexual for Channel 4.

Former Kudos development producer De Pear joined the Liz Murdoch-backed indie in June as an exec producer. She will continue in this role in addition to heading up Hootenanny.

Will Sharpe’s Flowers was renewed by deputy head of comedy Nerys Evans and head of comedy and acting head of drama Phil Clarke, and NBC Universal’s US streaming service Seeso. The stripped comedy drama, which starred Olivia Coleman, entertained 938,000 (5%) in a 10pm slot in April..

Featherstone said Hootenanny added a new dimension to the business, with its focus on authored comedy.

“It’s not every day you find a creative relationship that is stimulating, improving and hugely fun, but with the brilliant Naomi de Pear I have just that,” she added. “It’s not an accident she is our first senior creative hire at Sister – a brave, strong and passionate producer, Naomi’s taste in writers and talent is peerless.

De Pear called Sister Pictures a “raw and passionate” outfit with “massive ambitions”.

“Hootenanny will be a home for honest, naughty and unusual pieces. Comedy is an important form, not an entertaining distraction and I believe in its ability to anarchically play with expectation,” she added.

“Initially my focus will be to work closely with writers on authored comedies that break the mould and have something to say.”