Sister, the production company of Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone, is expected to work with the new KOKO Hall studio in North London as part of its investment in the restoration of the theater.
KOKO, which has been part of Camden’s vibrant music scene for decades, will reopen in spring 2022 in partnership with London and Los Angeles-based Sister, after undergoing extensive rebuilding and restoration over the past three years.
KOKO CEO and founder Olly Bengough is the majority shareholder of the 50,000 square foot site, while Sister is a minority shareholder with a 40% stake, according to C21.
£ 70million (US $ 83million) was invested in the restoration efforts, which included the addition of new high-quality broadcast, recording and live-streaming capabilities integrated into the Grade Listed building II.
This will allow musicians to perform live, co-produce, broadcast and distribute their music to a global audience with the new KOKO studio, which Sister will work with to develop new content and formats, the two said.
Sister was the originator of shows such as Chernobyl (Sky / HBO) and Giri / Haji (BBC / Netflix) and was created by the former chief of Shine Murdoch, the former executive of Fox Snider and the former boss of Kudos Featherstone in 2019.
She is currently looking to partner with independent companies and develop a global ecosystem of creations ranging from visual production to podcasts to publishing.
Seeking to “create a dynamic new global platform that will help empower the next generation of musicians and artists,” Sister said she would leverage her network of creators and production expertise as part of her involvement with KOKO.
Artists who have performed at KOKO over the years include Prince, Kanye West, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Dua Lipa, when the venue was once a broadcasting center.
It was once home to the iconic radio show The Goon Show and the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which were broadcast live from the building during 30 years of BBC ownership between 1945 and 1975.
Having opened as the Camden Theater in 1900, it now spans three historic buildings: the original Grade II listed Victorian Theater, an old piano factory from 1800, and the former Hope & Anchor pub, which opened for the first time in 1860 and which would have been a favorite of Charles Dickens.
Sister has previously invested in companies such as Ed Sinclair and Olivia Colman’s production company, South of the River Pictures; Zando, a Molly Stern publishing company; Campside Media podcast studio; and AWA Studios, a comic book and digital media publisher.
As part of its reopening, KOKO has also set up a soon to be launched radio station as well as a registered charity with a mission to empower future generations of artists and protect the environment, starting with projects focused on the Camden community.
KOKO will also offer a multi-story music-lovers membership, giving access to a new rooftop terrace and veranda, a domed cocktail bar, a penthouse and recording studio, a piano room, a library, a Hidden underground bar, stage kitchen and vinyl rooms.
Murdoch, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Sister, said: “Helping the next generation of artists and storytellers collaborate, innovate and share their work has never been more important. While we’ve all been looking forward to the return of live music, we’ve also discovered new ways to engage with the artists we love through their creative endeavors in the digital space, keeping us united as a global community. .
“It’s this connecting power of music and the arts that Olly and her team harness to make KOKO the first next-generation global entertainment experience in London. At Sister, we are truly excited to partner with KOKO and use our collective expertise, networks and shared independence to forge creative collaborations and empower artists and audiences around the world.
KOKO CEO and Founder Bengough said: “We are more determined than ever to protect our 120-year-old cultural heritage and to support the next generation of musicians and London’s vibrant and growing music scene. “