The newly minted Endemol Shine Group has set key corporate posts and international management teams following the end of a lengthy regulatory review of the merger of 21st Century’s Shine Group and Apollo’s Endemol and Core Media assets.
The joint venture of Fox and Apollo Global Management aims to create a production powerhouse fortified by strong local infrastructure in major TV markets. Former BSkyB exec Sophie Turner Laing was tapped in September to lead the merged entity, which boasts a roster of shows ranging from “American Idol” and “MasterChef” (pictured) to “Broadchurch” and “Peaky Blinders.”
The new structure, which formally launches Jan. 1, blends execs from Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group and Endemol as co-heads of several departments, including international operations, where Shine’s Gary Carter and Endemol’s Martha Brass are carving up territories. Core Media Group, the smallest of the three entities, will maintain some autonomy and its own capital structure, the company said.
Endemol’s corporate PR chief Charlie Gardner and Shine’s Patrick Keegan will serve as co-directors of marketing and communications. Keegan will be based in London while Gardner will relocate from Blighty to Los Angeles next year.
But on the international distribution front, Endemol’s Cathy Payne will take solo control of the merged Endemol and Shine distribution entities, which cover a wide swath. Shine International’s Nadine Nohr will work with Payne during the transition period before exiting.
Endemol CFO Edwin van Es will assume the same role at the combined entity.
Turner Laing said in a statement that the corporate moniker and other aspects of the merged companies would be reviewed over the next six months as the integration proceeds.
In France, Endemol and Shine’s operations will remain separate entities. In Germany, Endemol’s managing director Marcus Wolter will lead Endemol Shine Germany.
In the U.S., Endemol North America toppers Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin were previously announced as taking the reins of the Endemol-Shine operations as co-chairmen/CEOs. Peter Hurwitz serves as prez of Core Media Group, with Jen O’Connell overseeing development.
“We can’t wait to hit the ground running in 2015 with a new group that will be home to some of the very best people and hit programming in the business, and which will deliver world class content to platforms across the globe,” Turner Laing said.