Paris – Sophie Turner Laing, Chief Executive Officer of Endemol Shine Group, will keynote at MIPCOM in Cannes on 5 October.
Taking the stage for the first time since her appointment as head of the newly-formed global content creator, producer and distributor, Turner Laing will be part of MIPCOM’s 2015 Media Mastermind Keynote Series.
As Chief Executive Officer of Endemol Shine Group, Turner Laing oversees a network of over 120 companies in more than 30 markets with a portfolio of approximately 600 revenue-generating titles across scripted and non-scripted genres. The company was formed by the joint venture bringing together Endemol, Shine Group, and CORE Media Group at the beginning of 2015.
With productions in over 50 languages for multiple platforms around the world, Endemol Shine Group’s best-known international hits include Big Brother, Black Mirror, Broadchurch, Bron (The Bridge), Deal or No Deal, Hell on Wheels, Humans, The Island, MasterChef, Mr. Bean, Peaky Blinders, So You Think You Can Dance, The Biggest Loser, The Fall, The Money Drop and many more titles.
Prior to taking up her current role in December 2014, Turner Laing held a number of senior positions at Sky in the UK, including Director of Movies and Managing Director, Content. Turner Laing was instrumental in forging Sky’s ground-breaking partnership with HBO, which led to the launch of Sky Atlantic. She was also the driving force behind Sky’s commitment to increase investment in original British programming to £600m a year, achieved in 2014.
Prior to joining Sky, she held a number of senior roles at the BBC including Acting Director of Television.
Turner Laing began her television career at Henson International Television where she worked on programmes like The Muppet Show and rose to become Sales Director. She went on to set up HIT Entertainment with Peter Orton in 1989 and later moved to Flextech, as a buyer.
Turner Laing has been honoured with a Royal Television Society (RTS) Fellowship for her “outstanding contribution” to British television, as well as the inaugural MIPTV Médaille d’Honneur for her contribution to television globally.