LONDON — Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of the more famous Rupert, is seizing her chance to shine.
She has unveiled her new TV and film production shingle, Shine Entertainment, in partnership with Brit TV maven Waheed Alli and satcaster BSkyB.
Murdoch fille owns 80% of the venture, with the title of chairman and CEO. Alli will be exec director, with a 15% stake. He’s a self-made millionaire and Labor peer who recently quit as chief exec of Carlton Prods. and was previously co-founder of indie production house Planet 24.
The remaining 5% is owned by BSkyB, where the 32-year-old Murdoch previously worked as managing director of the programming arm Sky Networks.
She ankled Sky last year to strike out on her own, but she isn’t straying too far from the fold. Shine has secured a two-year TV and film output deal with the satcaster. Shine’s U.S. distribution is being repped by the William Morris Agency.
Shine has also lined up a stellar supporting cast of execs. Paul Hamann, former head of documentaries at the BBC, joins as creative director of factual programming. Kenton Allen, producer of BBC hit “The Royle Family,” is creative director of entertainment and comedy.
Erica Motley, previously at IFILM and BMG Entertainment, is general manager.