Company founder to remain on board as chairman

LONDON — Elisabeth Murdoch is standing down as CEO of global production company and distributor Shine Group, which operates in the U.S., U.K., mainland Europe and Australia.

Her place will be taken by Alex Mahon, managing director of Shine TV since 2006, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the group.

Murdoch, who founded Shine in 2001, remains on board as chairman.

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 U.K.-based production company a decade ago to the global business we run today.

Murdoch will “concentrate on identifying future strategic opportunities and remain the custodian of Shine’s unique culture of creative excellence.”

Before joining Shine, Mahon, who is highly regarded within the U.K. creative community, was chief operating officer at TalkbackThames.

The changes are effective from September. Shine is owned by News Corp.

Shine Group’s shingles include U.K.-based Dragonfly (factual), Kudos (drama), Princess Prods. (entertainment and multi-genre) and Shine TV (factual and factual entertainment), Shine America plus Metronome Film & Television in Norway.

Over the last three years the group has launched Shine Australia, Shine Germany, Shine France, and most recently Shine Iberia.

The group recently beefed up its non-TV activities by acquiring U.K. social gaming specialist Bossa Studios and VOD content producer ChannelFlip.

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