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Diederick Santer


Diederick began his TV career in 1996 script editing ITV dramas. 

He joined BBC in 2000, where he developed and produced a number of series including Cutting It and Jane Eyre, starring Ruth Wilson. 

In 2006 he became Executive Producer of EastEnders and over the next four years (and 700 plus episodes) delivered a consistent period of ratings and awards success. He stepped down in 2010 following the show's 25th anniversary live episode. 

Diederick then set up his own production company, Lovely Day, a label within Kudos, which went on to produce the hugely popular crime series Grantchester (which is still in production). 

In 2015 Diederick became Chief Executive of Kudos. Under his leadership, Kudos thrived with a string of hits including the International Emmy Award-winning Man in an Orange Shirt, Channel 4 and AMC returner Humans, International Emmy-nominated Apple Tree Yard, Gunpowder for BBC One, BBC Two's The Boy With The Topknot, and the Sky Atlantic hit, Tin Star. 

In 2017 he chaired the Edinburgh International Television Festival. 

He left Kudos in 2019, and moved to commissioning, first working with BBC Drama, and more recently as Chief Creative Officer, BritBox International, a role he left in February this year