Details were announced regarding the new joint venture of 21st Century Fox and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC bringing together Endemol, Shine and CORE Media, to create a global entertainment group with a portfolio of international hits including Masterchef, American Idol, Big Brother, Broadchurch, The Money Drop, Peaky Blinders, Grantchester, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout, The Biggest Loser, Black Mirror, Mr. Bean, So You Think You Can Dance, One Born Every Minute, The Fall, Man vs. Food and many more.
The joint venture, which has been formally completed following regulatory approval, will initially operate under the name Endemol Shine Group.
Having previously confirmed former BSkyB Managing Director of Content, Sophie Turner Laing as CEO and Endemol’s Tim Hincks as President, the new group is launching with a further round of announcements.
These include confirmation of senior team appointments at group level, charged with supporting Endemol Shine Group’s operations around the world.
Endemol’s Chief Financial Officer, Edwin van Es, will take up the same role within the new group. Shine’s Finance Director Tom Fussell will work with Van Es on transitioning Endemol’s and Shine’s finance functions before stepping down during the course of 2015.
Taking the role of Endemol Shine Group’s Group Commercial Officer is Boudewijn Beusmans, formerly Chief Legal and Business Affairs Officer at Endemol. Areas of the business that Beusmans will be responsible for overseeing include distribution and legal affairs.
Serving as the new joint venture’s Co-CEOs of International Operations are Shine’s Chairman, Northern Europe and Shine 360, Gary Carter and Endemol’s Chief Operating Officer Martha Brass. Carter will oversee operations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordics, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, the MENA region, Turkey and South Africa; whilst Brass’s remit will cover France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, India, China, South-East Asia, Latin America and Israel.
Shine’s Director of Communications Patrick Keegan and Endemol’s Global Head of Public Relations Charlie Gardner have been appointed as Endemol Shine Group’s Co-Directors of Marketing and Communications, overseeing both areas for the new joint venture. Keegan will be based in London and Gardner will be relocating to Los Angeles in early 2015.
Endemol Shine Group also confirmed its international sales and distribution structure with Shine International and Endemol Worldwide Distribution joining forces as one business. Cathy Payne, who is currently CEO of Endemol Worldwide Distribution, will serve as CEO of the newly integrated sales and distribution operation. Shine International CEO Nadine Nohr will work together with Payne on bringing the two distribution businesses together before stepping down.
“Shine International and Endemol Worldwide Distribution are both world-class operations and by uniting them we bring together two outstanding teams, an exceptional and diverse catalogue of programming across multiple genres, and a broader network of sales professionals embedded in markets around the world,” said Sophie Turner Laing.
The new group is in the process of determining the best way to bring together the operations of Endemol and Shine in markets where both currently operate and this will continue in the forthcoming months. The first markets to have completed this process are France and Germany.
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