LONDON — Blue-sky thinker Gary Carter, most recently co-CEO international operations at Endemol Shine Group, is to leave the nearly merged mega indie later this year, explaining that “it is not for him.”
Sophie Turner Laing, CEO Endemol Shine Group, said: “Gary has been very honest in explaining that, though early into our newly-merged business, he has decided that it is not for him, and wanted to act now so we can plan for the future accordingly. I have greatly valued Gary’s skills and appreciate his work to date in bedding in the new company, but I am respectful of his decision and characteristic honesty in wanting to say now for the benefit of all.”
Carter said: “This was a difficult and very personal decision. In the last three months as the new group formed and the integration gathered momentum, it has become clear to me that it is not a long-term home for me personally. Having been privileged to have worked for both Endemol and Shine, both formative and happy experiences, the prospect of the merger was always going to be complex, and it became clear to me that this is not a context which plays to my professional strengths or personal interests.”
While Carter continues in his role over the forthcoming months, the company will work on a replacement for the position. In the meantime the company’s regional and local CEOs and m.d.s reporting into Carter continue to lead their respective operations.
Carter joined Shine Group in June 2013 as chairman, Northern Europe, and chairman, Shine 360°. Prior to joining Shine, Carter was COO of FremantleMedia Group, where he was responsible for leading their overall strategy, ran the group’s central Creative Networks, founded their digital divisions as well as managing its various European production operations.
Prior to this he worked for five years as executive director of program affairs at Endemol International, where he united the group’s intellectual property in one division, oversaw the international roll-out of “Big Brother” and acquired the production licenses across Europe for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
For those bizzers who regularly attend international television events such as MipTV or Mipcom, Carter is known for his blue-sky thinking – offering refreshingly honest and alternative views on the development of television.