Alex Mahon will assume full responsibility for day to day management of the 28 operating companies within Shine Group. Murdoch will continue as Group Chairman leading Shine’s creative talent, culture and strategy. The changes are effective from September.

Elisabeth Murdoch said: “As Shine further diversifies across genres, geographies and platforms, I believe that the continued growth of the company requires the Chairman and CEO roles to be distinct and separate. Alex has earned this new leadership position in recognition of her substantial contribution to Shine’s growth from a single UK based production company a decade ago to the global business we run today. The division of duties will focus Alex’s attention on managing the operational business whilst allowing me to concentrate on identifying future strategic opportunities and remaining the custodian of Shine’s unique culture of creative excellence.”